Q:After looking over schematics and part numbers, it appears that the only difference between engines on the Ducati Monster 1200 versus 1200 S is the ECU, which gives it an additional 10 hp (albeit some of this power may come from the Termignoni exhaust as well). Is the 1200S ECU able to be swapped into the base 1200, or are other modifications needed to accommodate this modification? If extremely cumbersome to switch the computer, is there an aftermarket ECU flash that would accomplish the same thing?
A:We assume you are talking about 2016 models since there was a 10-hp difference in claimed power that year but not in 2017. In any case, getting more power from a 1200 Monster is work since they are highly tuned from the factory. Your best bet is to fit a high-flow air filter, sport exhaust and get the ECU reflashed to suit. We haven’t tried this combination but expect you’d see real gains. OE parts price new for the ECU is more than $1,800. Used would be cheaper, but it’s hard to know what you’d be getting. Start with a reflash and go from there.