See how the new Monster 1200S fared against KTM’s big-bore Naked Twin in the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200S Comparison. Read the full review in the 2014 Naked Twins Streetbike Shootout.
- The Monster 1200 feels longer and lower than the Super Duke. It hugs the pavement well and we love the road feel from its Ohilns fork.
- The Monster’s rider seat is two inches lower than the KTM. Padding and support-wise it is equally as cozy as the Duke’s.
- The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S costs $15,999—with Ohlins suspension. That’s $1000 less than the WP-equipped Super Duke R.
- Naked Twins Street Bike Shootout Horsepower Chart
- Naked Twins Street Bike Shootout Torque Chart
- The Ohlins soaks up bumps well but requires some fine-tuning to get it calmed down enough to handle properly on the street.
- The cockpit of the Ducati is signature Monster with a low seat, racy rider foot pegs and a giant, forward-mounted handlebar.
- The Monster sports larger 330mm discs with the same spec M50 Brembo calipers as the KTM. However the Ducati’s ABS system proved more effective at reducing stopping distance.
- Our test rider, Jason Abbott felt more comfortable aboard the Monster with it giving a more forgiving ride than the hyperactive Super Duke.
- Although the Monster 1200’s L-Twin lacks the outright muscle of the KTM we actually preferred its smoother and more direct feel. Covered in plastic, it doesn’t look as elegant as the Super Duke’s Twin.