Motorcycle News (UK) - - Front Page - By Adam Child SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

Not one but four Mon­sters spot­ted at Loch Ness, all be it they of the Du­cati va­ri­ety and not the elu­sive Nessie. Weõve de­cided to cel­e­brate the en­dur­ing bril­liance of Du­catiõs Monster fam­ily by tak­ing four iconic in­car­na­tions of the beast to Loch Ness in Scot­land, the per­fect Monster hide­out and habi­tat. Du­cati have pro­duced 37 mod­els to date, and to­gether theyõve ac­counted for more Du­cati sales than any other model. Itõs also true to say the Monster steered Du­cati through some trou­bled times and helped to keep the Bologna com­pany trad­ing. For this rea­son we thought after al­most 23 years of pro­duc­tion it was about time we cel­e­brated the orig­i­nal and ul­ti­mate naked V-twin.

With all four Mon­sters glint­ing in the Scot­tish evening sun­light on the banks of Loch Ness, the fam­ily re­sem­blance is ob­vi­ous. Miguel Gal­luzziõs orig­i­nal de­sign and draw­ings are ap­par­ent even in the 2016 R model. The trel­lis frame is still there while the iconic shape of the tank is­nõt a mil­lion miles away from the first one ei­ther. All four have dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties and their en­gines are strung out along a 23-year line of de­vel­op­ment Ð but they are all clearly Mon­sters.

The orig­i­nal air- cooled 904cc Monster M900 made 67bhp @ 7000rpm. Com­pare that to the most re­cent wa­ter­cooled 1198cc R model, which kicks out 160bhp @ 9250rpm and 97ftlb of torque at 7750rpm, and you see a mind-blow­ing dif­fer­ence. The orig­i­nal de­sign team would never have dreamed of the ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy and elec­tronic rider aids fit­ted to the cur­rent model. It is truly amaz­ing how far the Monster has come since 1993, and no less in­cred­i­ble how much it has re­mained the same. Con­tin­ued over

The orig­i­nal Monster 1993 Du­cati M900 With sim­plis­tic de­sign and a torque-filled 904cc air-cooled en­gine, the hum­ble Monster was the bike that ef­fec­tively saved Du­cati. The Monster for all 2006 Du­cati M695 Although it was de­signed to ap­peal to novice rid­ers, the M695 is quite pos­si­bly the most fun of them all. It’s ex­tremely light­weight, packs plenty of punch and is a bar­gain too.

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