MON­STER 1200 / S

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S-class THE FACTS 150bhp 209kg / 211kg (S) Seat height 795-820m

For 2017, the big­gest of­fer­ing in the Mon­ster family gets a sleeker tank, a re­designed sports-style tail, an all-new head­light and an elec­tron­ics pack­age de­rived from the 1299 Pani­gale’s.

In terms of de­sign, this up­dated ver­sion is head­ing closer to­wards the orig­i­nal bike, and even gets lit­tle de­tails like the steel tank once again be­ing fit­ted with an at­tach­ment clip.

Still avail­able in two ver­sions, a stan­dard 1200 and a 1200S, both re­tain the lat­est ver­sion of the Tes­tas­tretta 11° DS en­gine, which is now knock­ing out a rather healthy claimed 150bhp at 9250rpm – a 15bhp boost over the out­go­ing model in stock guise, and 5bhp more than the out­go­ing S vari­ant.

Still in res­i­dence be­hind the se­lec­tor but­tons on the bars is a com­pre­hen­sive elec­tron­ics pack­age in­clud­ing the In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit that feeds information to the Bosch Cor­ner­ing ABS and Du­cati Wheelie Con­trol sys­tems.

The stocker is ex­pected to cost around £11,495. The S model gets a bit more con­trol re­fine­ment from the 48mm Öh­lins fork and rear monoshock, both fully ad­justable, and it also gets a brak­ing up­grade to a set of beefy Brembo M50 calipers and 330mm discs. Its three Y-spoke wheels also fea­ture ex­clu­sive ‘S’ graph­ics, and it gets a car­bon front fen­der, Day­time Run­ning Light sys­tem and LED in­di­ca­tors.

The S will set you back around £14,395, when it ar­rives in the New Year.

The new stan­dard Mon­ster 1200 makes more power than the out­go­ing S ver­sion

The big Mon­ster gets a sleeker tank

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