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Q Is a Monster 1200S my best option?
I ride an ex-demo Triumph Street Triple R but it has never felt special. I’ve had a couple of test rides on a Ducati Monster 1200S and nothing I’ve ridden since has made me grin as madly. I’m 5ft 10in and weigh roughly 14 stone, so sizing was pretty decent too. There are a few things stopping me putting my money down immediately: reliability, maintenance and touring ability. Could you put my mind to rest on
these issues, or would you suggest looking elsewhere?
Kevin Paterson, email
Answered by Michael Neeves, MCN Senior Road Tester As long as the bike is serviced regularly the reliability should be fine. The service intervals have extended on the latest Ducati models to 7500 miles for an oil service and 15,000 to 18,000 miles for a full Desmo service. You can tour on any bike, but the 1200S doesn’t have any luggage capacity or wind protection so a Multistrada would be a better Ducati option.
If you want to go for a big supernaked, the Yamaha MT-10 ticks all the boxes. It’s relatively cheap at £10,000 new, and the most fun in this class. We ‘Tracerised’ one with the £2000 touring kit and it transformed it into an excellent tourer with cruise control and a quickshifter. That’s what I’d go for.
The Monster 1200 is a stonker but maybe not your No1 touring companion
Tracerised MT-10 is your answer