DUCATI MONSTER SPECIAL
THE NAKED YOU NEED TO OWN
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.