The can-Du­cati

The model name Mon­ster says it all

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bike News - MARK HINCHLIFFE mark.hinchliffe@cars­

THE most pow­er­ful Mon­ster yet is about to in­vade our shores. Set­tle down. It is not Godzilla. It is Du­cati’s range­top­ping Mon­ster 1100 EVO.

The Mon­ster 1100 EVO is ex­pected to ar­rive later this month, NF Im­porters mar­ket­ing man­ager Ali­son Fraser says.

‘‘ Pric­ing will be an­nounced closer to ar­rival,’’ she says.

The naked Mon­ster range cur­rently con­sists of five mod­els from the learn­er­ap­proved 659 ($12,990) to the 1100 S ($22,490).

The Mon­ster flag­ship is ex­pected to cost con­sid­er­ably more as it will come stan­dard with the Du­cati Safety Pack, which in­cludes ABS and Du­cati Trac­tion Con­trol (DTC).

The EVO is pow­ered by the Des­modue Evoluzione 1079cc en­gine, which is the first twin­valve Du­cati en­gine to achieve 100 horse­power (73.5kW).

It has new cylin­der heads, re­vised com­bus­tion cham­bers, new in­let and ex­haust ports and a higher com­pres­sion ra­tio of 11.3:1, which means it can go back to a sin­gle spark plug.

The en­gine also has a lighter crank and fly­wheel.

Mon­ster has been a fash­ion icon since it was de­signed by Miguel An­gel Gal­luzzi in 1993. More than a quar­ter of a mil­lion Mon­sters have been sold in the past 18 years.

How­ever, it al­ways ap­peared a bit messy when you got up close, thanks to plumb­ing that looked like an af­ter­thought.

In 2008, the ca­bles were tucked away in a rad­i­cal restyle that made it look much neater.

The EVO looks even bet­ter now with a cos­metic makeover fea­tur­ing plenty of car­bon fi­bre, a new ex­haust sys­tem, nar­rower seat and 20mm higher han­dle­bars. That new seat and han­dle­bar con­fig­u­ra­tion will make the rid­ing po­si­tion more up­right and less tiring.

It is fit­ted with 43mm Mar­zoc­chi USD forks, a Sachs off­set monoshock, Brembo brakes front and rear, plus sticky Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso II tyres.

A sixth Mon­ster will join the range next month: an ABS vari­ant of the learner-ap­proved 659, priced from $13,990.

All Du­catis come with a twoyear un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty and 24-hour road­side and emer­gency as­sist.

Cos­metic makeover: Thenew Du­cati Mon­ster 1100 EVO

Fash­ion icon: The Du­cati Mon­ster 696

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