2017 Monster 1200 S

Better. Faster. Monster.

The 2017 Monster 1200 S sharpens that Monster sports performance to an even finer edge thanks to premium componentry such as the sophisticated Öhlins suspensions and the Brembo M50 braking system. Moreover, the Monster 1200 S features wheels with three Y-spokes and exclusive “S” graphics as well as a front carbon mudguard. The front headlight with the DRL (Daytime Running Light) system and LED indicators complete the as-standard features.

The exclusive S version further accentuates the sporting spirit of the Monster, thanks to the fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, racing braking system, 3-spoke Y rims with exclusive “S” graphics and carbon rear mudguard. The front headlight with DRL (Daytime Running Light) ensures the Monster 1200 S is always visible. Available in brand new Liquid Concrete Grey, a polished pastel grey with black frame and rims, sporty and elegant, as well as in classic Ducati Red with black rims.

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Ducati goes back to the origins of the Monster, with a bike which is new in both shape and substance.

When the Ducati designers began work on the new Monster 1200, they took inspiration from those who had laid the foundations of the first project in 1993: the concept of the “sport naked bike”.

The Monster 1200 is the essence of the Monster in its purest form. Volumes, silhouettes, tank and headlights are all faithful to the lines of the bike born in 1993.

Monster Design

When the Ducati Design Centre began work on the Monster 1200, it set itself the task of creating a streamlined bike which was compact and with a sporty character, to return to the concept of the “sport naked bike”. Great attention was obviously paid to the tank, now more “taut” and modern, the design of which was completely revised while maintaining the overall feel desired by Galluzzi in 1993. To highlight this connection with the past even more so, the fastening hanger in anodised aluminium has made a return.

The short tail, compact and with its sharp lines, supported by the steel trellis frame keeps the height-adjustable seat on two positions (795 and 820 mm) and supports the passenger footpeg plates which are now separate from the rider’s. This new configuration gives the Monster 1200 a sporty line and at the same time improves the ergonomics. Wheelbase and swingarm have been shortened to obtain compact proportions and significant improvements in terms of handling and riding precision.



Testastretta 11°

The Monster 1200 engine is the Testastretta 11° DS twin-cylinder, 1198 cm3 with 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooled. Euro 4 type-approved it is the structural element of the suspension set-up with coupling points for the trellis frame.

The 1198 Testastretta 11° DS breathes through the Ride-by-Wire Mikuni throttle body with oval cross-section with a diameter of 56 mm with two spark plugs for each head: the double flame front ensure combustion is completed extremely quickly which, together with the secondary air system optimising operation and reducing cyclical dispersion of the combustion without any impact on pollutant emissions, translates into a more regular distribution providing a more pleasurable and exciting riding sensation. Great attention was paid to improving engine response in terms of modulating the engine response times to the actions on the accelerator.

Power and torque

Thanks to the new throttle body and the dedicated exhaust, the second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine generates a power which can be compared with that of a 3/4 cylinder engine and is able to reach even greater performance levels. This engine in fact ensures a distribution of 150 hp* at 9,250 rpm and an impressive torque curve which increases riding pleasure even more, generating a maximum torque of 126.2 Nm at 7,750 rpm.

*The power values indicated above are measured using a chassis dynamometer. Homologated power data, as quoted in the Bike Registration Document, are measured using an engine dynamometer according to the homologation regulation. The two power values may differ because of the different measurement equipments.

Monster 1200 S Exhaust System

Exhaust System

The Testastretta 11° DS engine is coupled to an impressive side-mounted 2-1-2 staggered shotgun exhaust that makes no secret of the performance of which the new Monster 1200 is capable.

The engine management system dedicates a lambda probe to each header, providing precise fueling, while the stylish cannon-style, vertically stacked silencers carry catalytic converters to provide Euro 3 conformity. An electronically controlled mid-section valve optimises exhaust pressure throughout the rev-range.


The Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system is an electronic interface between the Monster’s twistgrip and engine, which configures an ideal power response depending on the riding mode selected.
The twistgrip does not have a throttle cable connected directly to the throttle body butterflies, but instead delivers a signal to a control unit, which in turn operates an electronically controlled butterfly.
The RbW system uses three different mappings to regulate power delivery:

  • 145hp with a sports-type delivery
  • 145hp with a progressive delivery suitable for touring
  • 100hp with a progressive delivery for city use

Slipper Clutch

The Monster clutch is an oil bath type with “slipper” function which can be actuated with the little effort. Thanks to a gradual self-servo system, the spring load increases automatically. This results in much greater sensitivity, ensuring optimum comfort even in city traffic when frequent gear changes are required, or on long trips.

When the transmission force is reversed (overload), the same mechanism makes it possible to reduce the pressure on the clutch plates, enabling them to work in “slipper” mode, which reduces the destabilising effect on the rear end during aggressive downshifting and gives a feeling of greater fluidity when decelerating or downshifting in normal driving conditions.

Service Intervals

The meticulous design and top-quality materials used for the Monster have allowed amazing results to be achieved. Adjusting the valve clearance is scheduled for every 30,000 km and changing the oil every 15,000 km, increasing maintenance intervals and cutting running costs. These results were made possible by improving combustion efficiency and cutting the operating temperatures of the new Testastretta 11° DS engine.


Adjustable Seat

The new Monster 1200 is fitted with an adjustable seat (± 25 mm) that can adapt to the needs of riders all over the world.
The standard seat height can easily be adjusted to the lowest (795 mm) or highest (820 mm) positions.

Racing Derived Frame

The new Monster has a frame structure which is inspired by racing bikes, with the engine as the star. The structure consists of a compact Ducati trellis frame, mounted directly onto the cylinder heads and the engine itself. Even the shock and the rear sub-frame are connected to the engine. The sub-frame has a classic tubular layout and is further enhanced by the way it is coupled with the exhaust system, the plastic parts and the tail light.

Brembo Brake System

The Monster 1200 S is equipped at the front with two M50 Brembo radially mounted monobloc callipers and discs which are 330 mm in diameter. A single 245 mm diameter disc at the rear on which a single Brembo calliper acts, equipped with pads with sintered friction material to increase efficiency. This component ensures the most highly performing brake system in the sector, a trait which has always been characteristic of all Ducati bikes.


The Monster 1200 S has a fully adjustable 48 mm diameter Öhlins fork front suspension. At the rear end, the shock absorber exploits a progressive mechanism secured directly on the vertical cylinder on one side and, on the other, on the single arm fork obtained by aluminium fusion. The Monster 1200 S uses a fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber as the main shock absorbing element at the rear.

Monster 1200S Swingarm

Single-Sided Swingarm

The Monster 1200 features a strong die-cast aluminium single-sided swingarm that ensures high rigidity, low weight, and excellent stability, providing also a technical and professional look.


The Monster 1200 S is equipped with dedicated rims in light alloy with Y-pattern 3-spoke wheels, 3.5″ x 17″ at the front and 6.0″ x 17″ at the rear. The S version rims also have an exclusive “S” to accentuate the sporty style of the wheel. The tyres are Pirelli DIABLO ROSS III, 120/70 at the front and 190/55 at the rear.


Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)

The Monster 1200, in both the standard version and the S version, is equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) which, thanks to the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) integrates the Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS, the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and the Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) which contribute to highlighting the dynamic performance, optimising control and offering high levels of safety.

Authentic Monster Headlight

The headlight is another element which has always been characteristic of the Monster. It has been completely redesigned for this bike and is now equipped with a double parabola and, on the Monster 1200 S, also DRL (Day Time Running Light). Adopting this new headlight has allowed a different dashboard mount to be implemented, which is now fixed to the handlebar riser. This gives the bike a visually lighter front part also thanks to the repositioning of the turn indicators, LED indicators for the S version, which are now mounted below the steering head and no longer to the headlight.

LED and DRL (Daytime Running Light)

The Monster 1200 S is equipped with a headlight characterised by the presence of LED daytime lights with the Day Time Running Light (DRL) system, ensuring perfect vehicle visibility during the day and is a strong visual feature. At the rear of both versions there is LED integral lighting for the brake light and position lights. The LED lighting technology is also applied to the turn indicators on the S version.

Full-TFT Instrument Panel

The Monster 1200 dashboard has a last generation TFT colour display. The display has three configurations, known as Core, Full and Track, each designed to display information suitable for the different riding situations. Each configuration has an indicator showing the gear which is engaged and the level of fuel.

ABS Cornering

The Monster 1200 is equipped with the Brembo braking system with Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS device. This exploits the presence of the Bosch IMU inertial platform (Inertial Measurement Unit) to optimally adjust the braking power of the front and rear wheel even in critical conditions with the bike is leaning. By interacting with the Riding Mode, the system is able to offer solutions which are suitable for any situation, condition or riding style.

The system acts with three different intervention levels. Level 1 offers maximum performance for a sporting ride, it does not involve activation of the rear wheel lift-up detection mechanism and allows rear skidding during braking actions by only applying ABS to the front. Level 2 ensures balance between the front and rear without rear wheel lift-up detection but with the Cornering function both activated and calibrated for a sporting ride. Level 3 ensures balance between the front and rear with rear wheel lift-up detection and with the Cornering function both activated and calibrated for maximum safety.

Ducati Traction Control (DTC)

Ducati’s DTC gives the rider a choice of eight profiles or “sensitivity levels”, each programmed with a different wheelspin tolerance value, matched to progressive levels of riding skill, and graded from one to eight. A preset level at which DTC intervenes is assigned to each Riding Mode. When DTC is on, the control unit analyses the data sent from the front and rear wheel speed sensors, detects the amount of wheelspin, and works out what type of intervention is necessary. This intervention is carried out very smoothly by electronically slowing down the engine injection to reduce torque, until rear grip is completely restored. DTC can also be disabled by the rider.

The DTC profiles are factory pre-set for each of the three Riding Modes, but can be customised individually and saved in order to best meet the needs of the rider.

Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)

The Monster 1200 is equipped with DWC (Ducati Wheelie Control) which can be adjusted on 8 levels. The system analyses bike set-up (wheelie) and subsequently manages the torque and power to ensure maximum acceleration in safety, without impairing the set-up. Like the DTC, it can be adjusted on 8 levels and is integrated with the Riding Mode.




Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
72.9 cu in (1,1978 cc)
Bore x Stroke
4.17 x 2.67 in (106 x 67.9mm)
Compression ratio
110.3 kW (150 hp) @ 9,250 rpm
126.2 Nm (93.1 lb-ft) @ 7,750 rpm
The power values indicated above are measured using a chassis dynamometer. Homologated power data, as quoted in the Bike Registration Document, are measured using an engine dynamometer according to the homologation regulation. The two power values may differ because of the different measurement equipments.
Fuel injection
Electronic fuel injection system, full Ride-by-Wire system, equivalent diameter 56 oval throttle bodies
Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, twin stainless steel mufflers with aluminium covers and end caps


6 speed
Primary drive
Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1
1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Final drive
Chain; Front sprocket Z15; Rear sprocket Z41
Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.


Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinder heads
Front suspension
48 mm Öhlins fully adjustable USD fork
Front wheel
Y shaped 3-spoke light alloy with ‘S’ graphics, 3.50” x 17”
Front Tyre
Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension
Progressive linkage with Öhlins fully adjustable monoshock, aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear wheel
Y shaped 3-spoke light alloy with ‘S’ graphics, 6.00” x 17”
Rear tyre
Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 190/55 ZR17
Front wheel travel
5.1in (130mm)
Rear wheel travel
5.87 in (149 mm)
Front brake
2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Evo M50 callipers, 4-piston, radial pump with Bosch cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake
245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper, with Bosch cornering ABS as standard equipment
Colour TFT display

Dimensions and weight

Dry weight
408lb (185kg)
Weight data refers to the dry weight of the motorcycle without battery, lubricants and coolants for liquid-cooled models.
Wet weight (KERB)
465 lb (211 kg)
Kerb weights indicate total bike weight with all operating consumable liquids and a fuel tank filled to 90% of capacity (as per EC standard 93/93).
Seat height
Adjustable 31.30 – 32.28 in (795 – 820 mm)
58.46 in (1,485 mm)
3.41in (86.5 mm)
Fuel tank capacity
4.36 US gal – (16.5l)
Number of seats
Dual seat


Standard Equipment
Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch cornering ABS + DTC + DWC), RbW, Passenger seat cover, Carbon fiber front mudguard, Anti-theft system ready, DMS ready, DDA, DRL*, LED position light and tail light, LED side indicators*, USB power socket


24 months unlimited mileage
Maintenance service intervals
9,000mi/12 Months
Valve clearance check
30.000km (18,000m)