2017 Ducati Monster 1200 ABS

Monster 1200 ABS
Monster 1200 ABS
Better, Faster, Monster…

The new Monster 1200 fully embodies those values that have seen bikers’ hearts race for over 20 years. A sports icon that is totally renewed while staying faithful to the values that have made it unique: even more beautiful, even more technological, still unmistakeably Monster.

A forward-looking icon

With full, fluid power delivery at all speeds and maximum power of 150 hp* guaranteed by the Testastretta 11° engine, the Monster 1200 offers the enjoyment and excitement of an authentic sports bike. Its muscular line, trellis frame and unmistakeable elements such as the tank and headlight confirm its status as a modern icon, ready to write the future of naked sportbikes.

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Ducati goes back to its Monster roots, but with a motorcycle that’s new in both form and function.

When Ducati designers started working on the new Monster 1200, they drew their inspiration from the basics behind that ground-breaking 1993 model: the concept of a "sport naked bike".

The Monster 1200 is packed with new design and content, but with true Ducati naked flair. Available also as a higher-performance S version, the Monster 1200 has a sleeker tank, a fully redesigned sports-style tail, an all-new technologically advanced headlight and a first-rate electronics package derived from the one on the 1299 Panigale.

The Monster 1200 is Monster through and through. Shaping, silhouettes, fuel tank and headlight are faithful to the lines of the bike that came out in 1993. The iconic, unmistakeable steel tank has once again been fitted with an attachment clip, just like the first Monster.

The Monster 1200 features the latest version of the Testastretta 11° DS engine, ensuring not just outstanding power and torque but also full, smooth power delivery right off the bottom end. When combined with an always-smooth, easy-to-handle throttle response, the result is pure riding enjoyment. The twin-cylinder Ducati power unit on the Monster 1200 delivers 150 hp at 9,250 rpm (15 hp more than the previous Monster 1200 and 5 hp more than the previous Monster 1200 S) and a maximum torque of 126.2 Nm at 7,750 rpm. Accurate Ride by Wire calibration gives the Monster 1200 extremely fluid performance, ensuring exciting, precision riding. Moreover, the new Monster 1200 meets strict EURO 4 standards.

The frame is a classic Ducati Trellis that employs the Testastretta as a stressed chassis element. Attached to the engine are the new, compact single-sided swingarm and the all-new die-cast aluminium rider pegs, separated from the passenger pegs.

A comprehensive electronics package with three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban) includes the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that feeds information to the Bosch Cornering ABS and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) systems. Top-drawer electronics gives the Monster 1200 true Ducati sport naked performance, but in a way that makes it accessible to everyone, ensuring high levels of active safety at all times.

The exclusive Monster 1200 S sharpens that Monster sports performance to an even finer edge thanks to a 48 mm Öhlins fork and rear Öhlins monoshock, both fully adjustable. Awesome braking is provided by two 330 mm Brembo discs at the front working in concert with Brembo M50 monobloc calipers. Moreover, the Monster 1200 S features wheels with three Y-spokes featuring exclusive "S" graphics and a front carbon mudguard while the front headlight is characterised by the DRL (Daytime Running Light) system and LED – not bulb type – indicators.

The Monster 1200 is a perfectly balanced motorcycle that, thanks to engine, brakes, chassis set-up and electronics, provides ultimate riding pleasure. Its superb handling, power and torque guarantee unparalleled, uncompromising fun.

The Monster 1200 is available in Ducati Red with a red frame and black wheels. The Monster 1200 S offers the same Ducati Red, red frame and black wheel livery or the new, refined Liquid Concrete Grey with black frame and black wheels.

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 Key Features

Presented in 1992 at the Cologne fair, the Monster was an immediate hit, a machine that skilfully combined a few simple technical elements to create not just a bike but, first and foremost, a true design phenomenon. Over the years the Monster has gone on to become a motorcycling icon and now, twenty years later, Ducati offers a full Monster ‘family’ that has something for every motorcyclist.

A core feature of the Monster family is the high-capacity steel fuel tank that enhances its powerful character. Emphasized by its thin flanks and the compact front headlight, the outline of the Monster resembles that of a charging bull. A clean, minimalist handlebar zone underscores the bike’s essential style, while close attention to detail is evident in the high-quality finish.

Whereas the Monster 797 features the air-cooled Desmodue twin, the rest of the Monster family offers a particularly broad range of power units. The twin-cylinder 821 Testastretta 11° delivers 112 hp @ 9250 rpm and a maximum torque of 89.4 Nm (65.9 lb-ft) @ 7750 rpm. The Testastretta 11° DS on the Monster 1200, instead, comes in two different versions: 150 hp @ 9250 rpm and 126.2 Nm (93.1 lb-ft) @ 7750 rpm on the 1200 and 1200 S version and 160 hp @ 9250 rpm and 131.4 Nm (97 lb-ft) @ 7750 rpm on the R version.

When it comes to the Monster chassis, Ducati uses the most advanced design techniques it has ever developed. On the 821 and 1200, the iconic Trellis frame remains a central design feature, with the attachment points positioned directly on the cylinder heads, a technique already implemented on the Panigale Superbike. The Monster frame is extremely compact. Large-diameter steel tubing ensures a combination of optimal torsional strength and minimal weight. The Monster 797 features a traditional tubular Ducati Trellis frame. Essential, rigid and light, it leaves the Ducati L-twin engine in full view and is, together with the steel tank, a Monster hallmark.

Ducati Monster 1200

o Ducati Red with red frame and black wheels

Main equipment
o 1,198 cm3 Testastretta 11¢X DS engine with 150 hp at 9,250 rpm and 126.2 Nm at 7,750 rpm
o Euro 4 emissions
o Exhaust with dual silencer
o Wheels with ten spokes mounting DIABLO ROSSO. III tyres, 120/70 ZR17 up front and 190/55 ZR17 at the rear
o Adjustable 43 mm Kayaba fork
o Adjustable Sachs shock absorber
o Brembo front braking system with 320 mm discs and M4.32 calipers
o 3 Riding Modes
o Ducati Safety Pack (3-level Bosch Cornering ABS, 8-level DTC, 9-level DWC)
o Colour TFT instrumentation

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 Features and Benefits

When the Ducati Design Center started working on the Monster 1200, their goal was to come up with a sleek, compact bike with true sporting character, to get back to the "sport naked bike" concept but without making drastic changes to the lines of the existing motorcycle. Needless to say, considerable attention has been dedicated to the tank, now "tauter" and more modern: a fully overhauled design, but one that remains faithful to the approach taken by Galluzzi in 1993. To further highlight this link with the past , the anodized aluminium attachment clip has also made a comeback.

The short, compact, sleek tail, supported by the steel Trellis subframe, still lets riders set a seat height of 795 or 820 mm. The subframe also supports the passenger footpegs, now separated from the rider’s pegs. This new configuration gives the Monster 1200 a sporting line while improving ergonomics.

Another feature that has always been a Monster hallmark is the headlight. Fully redesigned for this motorcycle, it now features dual parabolas and, on the Monster 1200 S, the DRL (Day Time Running Light) too. The adoption of this new headlight has led to the development of a new instrument panel support, now attached to the handlebar risers. This gives the front end a visually "lighter" look, thanks also to repositioning of the indicators, now underneath the top yoke and not on the headlight itself. Moreover, the motorcycle also features new switchgears.

Another important step taken by the Ducati Design Center has been to reduce – and simplify – the number of plastic parts. The expansion tank cover is now more compact, the radiator cap is minimalist and the exhaust manifold guard has a more "technical" look. These changes give greater prominence to the frame in side-on view.

More than twenty years on, then, Ducati continues to develop this incredibly successful model. A bike that has, over time, been remoulded and reinvented, has become a customisation and personalisation favourite and has exerted a huge influence on the entire motorcycle industry for well over two decades.

The Monster 1200 is powered by the liquid-cooled 1198 cm3 twin, 4-valves-per-cylinder Testastretta 11° DS. Euro 4-compliant, the engine is also a structural element of the chassis set-up, with attachment points on the Trellis frame. This engine delivers a huge 150 hp at 9,250 rpm. Thanks to the new throttle bodies and the dedicated exhaust, Ducati has produced an impressive torque curve that means even more riding enjoyment, generating a maximum torque of 126.2 Nm at 7.750 rpm.

The 1198 Testastretta 11° DS gulps in air via Mikuni Ride-by-Wire oval throttle bodies (equivalent diameter 56 mm) and features a twin-spark set-up: the double flame front ensures complete combustion within an ultra-short interval, giving – together with the secondary air system that optimises performance by reducing combustion cycle dispersion but without affecting emissions – smoother power delivery and an even more enjoyable, exciting ride.

Keeping the engine cool is a curved radiator with two high-efficiency electric fans.

The Monster clutch, instead, is of the oil bath slipper type with ultra-low effort lever control. Spring load is automatically increased by a progressive self-servo system. The outcome is much better fingertip "feel", ensuring excellent comfort when frequent gear changes are inevitable ( in city traffic) or on long rides. When the rear wheel exerts back-torque, the same mechanism reduces pressure on the clutch discs, activating the slipper function and so preventing rear end destabilisation during aggressive downshifting.

The exhaust ducts, with a cross-section of 50-52 mm, are part of a 2-1-2 system designed with identical lengths for both cylinders in order to maximise power and delivery efficiency. This system features a lambda probe for each cylinder to make fuelling both autonomous and optimal.

Ducati’s nonstop investment in quality and reliability means the Testastretta 11° DS engine on the Monster 1200 has lengthy maintenance intervals: valve timing adjustment is now needed just once every 30,000 km (18,000 miles).

On the Monster 1200 the engine acts as a load-bearing element, the Trellis frame being attached to the cylinder heads, a racing-derived concept first applied on a factory bike with the Panigale project. This configuration gives a highly compact, light frame, while large cross-section tubing gives the high torsional rigidity that is perfect for bringing out the motorcycle’s dynamic performance. The Monster 1200 also boasts an all-new, beefier swingarm and a compact 1,485 mm wheelbase.

The rear seat-carrying subframe – also attached directly to the engine – has been redesigned to provide a compact structure that also supports the new passenger footpeg struts. These pegs are separated from the rider’s to ensure greater freedom of movement in sport-style riding. Both rider and passenger footpeg attachments are made of die-cast aluminium and mount aluminium pegs. To underline the Monster’s sport pedigree, the rider’s pegs also feature aluminium heel guards.

The Monster 1200 features fully adjustable 43 mm Kayaba forks up front, while the Sachs shock absorber at the rear has spring pre-load and rebound damping adjustment. The Monster 1200 S, instead, mounts 48 mm fully adjustable Ohlins TiN coated forks and a fully adjustable Ohlins shock absorber. At the rear, the shock absorber works in concert with progressive linkage; it is attached directly on the vertical cylinder head at one end and on the die-cast aluminium single-sided swingarm at the other. The Monster 1200 employs a Sachs shock absorber, while the Monster 1200 S features a fully adjustable Öhlins model.

Tyres and wheels
The Monster 1200 is equipped with light 10-spoke Panigale style alloy wheels, 3.5" x 17" at the front and 6.0" x 17" at the rear, while the Monster 1200 S offers up wheels with three Y-spokes that have undergone finer supplementary machining. Moreover, the wheels on the S version have exclusive "S" graphics to highlight their racing character. Both models mount Pirelli DIABLO ROSSO™ III dual-compound tyres, 120/70 at the front and 190/55 at the rear, that combine mileage-enhancing durability with constant grip, even in assertive cornering. These quality tyres implement Pirelli Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) to maximise the contact patch area whatever the lean angle, and Functional Groove Design (FGD) to optimise performance in the wet.

Braking system
Up front, the Monster 1200 mounts twin Brembo M4.32 monobloc 4-piston radial calipers that grip 320 mm discs; the Monster 1200 S, instead, has Brembo M50 monobloc calipers and 330 mm discs – the same components seen on the Panigale. Both models feature front brake radial pumps with separate reservoirs; a single 245 mm disc at the rear is gripped by a Brembo caliper that mounts enhanced-efficiency sintered brake pads. These components ensure top-notch braking performance, a feature that has always been a Ducati hallmark.

Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)
Both the standard and S version of the Monster 1200 come with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) which, thanks to the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), integrates Bosch 9.1MP Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) to enhance dynamic performance, optimise control and ensure high levels of safety.


Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch Cornering ABS+ DTC + DWC), RbW, Passenger seat cover, Anti-theft system ready, DMS ready, DDA, LED position light & tail light, USB power socket
Bike Type
Model Code
Monster 1200
LAMS Approved
Ride Away Price
Country of Origin
Grey Import
Is Limited Edition


Engine Description
Engine Config
Engine Capacity
Engine Type
Engine Stroke
Cam Type
Valves Per Cylinder
Compression Ratio
Induction System
EFI - Electronic fuel injection; Oval throttle bodies; RbW
Throttle Bore
Wet Sump
Exhaust Config
Exhaust Description
Twin Stainless steel mufflers; Aluminium covers & end caps; RH mount; Catalytic converter; Twin lambda probes
Maximum Power
Maximum Power RPM
Maximum Torque
Maximum Torque RPM


Ignition Description
Dual spark


Engine Voltage
Charging Method

Fuel & Emissions

Fuel Type
Recommended RON
Fuel Tank Capacity
Emission Standard
Euro 4


Primary Drive
Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1
Drive Type
#530 Chain
Gear Type
Gear Number
Gear Change Method
Left foot lever
Clutch Type
Wet; Multi-disc; Self-servo action on drive; Slipper on over-run; Hydraulic

Chassis & Suspension

Chassis Description
Attached to cylinder heads
Frame Material
Tubular steel
Frame Design
Rake (Caster Angle)
Side Stand
Front Suspension
43mm Kayaba upside down fork; Fully adjustable
Front Suspension Travel
Rear Suspension
Swingarm; Progressive linkage Sachs monoshock; Adjustable spring preload & rebound damping
Rear Suspension Travel
Swingarm Type
Single Sided
Swingarm Description


Front Brake Description
Twin semi-floating discs; Radial mounted Brembo monobloc M4-32 calipers; Hydraulic; Bosch Cornering ABS
Front Brake Caliper(s)
Four Piston
Front Brake Diameter
Rear Brake Description
Single disc; Floating caliper; Hydraulic; (ABS)
Rear Brake Caliper(s)
Double Piston
Rear Brake Diameter
Linked Braking System
Not Available

Wheels & Tyres

Wheel Type
10-spoke; Light alloy
Wheel Size Front
3.5x17" (89x431.8mm)
Wheel Size Rear
6.0x17" (152.4x431.8mm)
Rear Tyre
190/55-ZR17" Pirelli Diablo Rosso III
Front Tyre
120/70-ZR17" Pirelli Diablo Rosso III

Dimensions & Weights

Dry Weight
Wet / Operational Weight
Seat Height Max
Seat Height
Seating Capacity

Warranty & Servicing

Warranty KMs
Warranty in Months from First Registration
24 Months (2 years)
Roadside Assistance
24 Months (2 Years)
Regular Service Interval

Safety & Security

Side Stand Start Inhibitor
Traction Control
Traction Control Selectable
Engine Immobiliser
Lock Type

Instruments & Controls

Instruments / Dash Description
Colour TFT display


Seating Position
Adjustable Seat
Ride By Wire

Audio/Visual Communications

USB Connectivity


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