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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

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