Du­cati Mon­ster 1000 DS

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Nakeds Group Test -

At the same time as Du­cati were get­ting all liq­uid­cooled with the S4 and S4R, they hadn’t for­got­ten the Mon­ster’s air-cooled ori­gins. In 2003 they launched the 1000 DS, us­ing an en­larged two-valve 900SS mo­tor taken out to 992cc and with an ex­tra pair of spark plugs for bet­ter com­bus­tion. The re­sult was a faith­ful up­date to the old M900 in that the M1000 DS still looked the part... and was still a tad un­der-pow­ered with only 85bhp on tap. Lovely looker though, and per­fect for re­laxed doff­ing along the back lanes.

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