Motorcycle News (UK) - - Monster Special -

The M1100 range are the last of the air-cooled Monster mod­els and rep­re­sent what many re­gard as the pin­na­cle of the en­gine’s de­vel­op­ment. The mo­tor is an ab­so­lute peach with a stonk­ing midrange, while the chas­sis has in­verted forks and ra­dial brakes. Watch for The fin­ish on the air­cooled en­gine can be poor and start to flake. Also en­sure the bike has a good ser­vice his­tory. Price range £4500 to £7000 If you love Gal­luzzi’s clas­sic Monster look but want a bit of fire, the stun­ning S4RS is the Monster to buy. Raw, ag­gres­sive and more than a bit wild, the RS not only looks amaz­ing, it de­liv­ers in terms of per­for­mance, too, thanks to its Öh­lins sus­pen­sion and Tes­tas­tretta mo­tor. Watch for The 998 en­gine has sev­eral quirks that need to be kept on top of, so a full ser­vice his­tory is es­sen­tial. Price range £6000 to £7300 This model is of­ten over­looked, but is one of the best of its era. The S2R comes with the 803cc en­gine, which makes it more gutsy than the smaller M600 mod­els, and then wraps it in an achingly cool look thanks to stacked pipes and a sin­gle-sided swingarm. Watch for As well as ser­vice his­tory, check the ec­cen­tric ad­juster on the hub isn’t seized. Price range £4000 to £5000

In 1993 a M900 Monster cost £7500, which was £400 more than a Honda Fire­blade!

The Monster’s styling was in­flu­enced by the fa­mous pic­ture of Mar­lon Brando sit­ting on his Tri­umph Thun­der­bird in The Wild One.

Du­cati Monster M1100S 2009-2013 Du­cati Monster S4RS 2007-2008 Du­cati Monster S2R 800 2005-2008 Small and per­fectly formed, but the 2006 M695 still packs a punch Ta­cho now joins the Monster’s clock ar­ray Even the tailtidy has been sleekly de­signed Braided

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