‘It’s ex­ot­ica v practicality’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

Con­sid­er­ing their sim­i­lar spec and in­tent, these two bikes are dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent.

The new Mon­ster 1200S re­vives the stumpy, ag­gres­sive at­ti­tude of the orig­i­nal and blends in truly state-of-the-art elec­tron­ics and gen­uinely race­spec brakes, sus­pen­sion and wheels. The re­sult is a runty, hard­core street­fighter with lim­ited steer­ing lock and a no­com­pro­mise at­ti­tude you won’t want to ride for more than 50 miles at a go. But the Ital­ian new­comer also has a sheen of qual­ity, plus a 150bhp po­tency few bikes of this type get close to. That’s why, to my mind, it’s worth its £14,000-plus price tag.

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