The Monster was first presented at the Cologne trade fair in 1992. Production began on 5 March 1993. And in just a few years the bike reached icon status in the world of motorcycles. The model was responsible for launching the category of Naked sports bikes. And one more thing: an ever growing and ever more devoted community of riders grew up around it: the Monster fans. Over 325,000 of the Monster have been made since 1993. To celebrate 25 years of history of the most iconic of the Bologna-based manufacturer’s motorcycles Ducati has decided to create the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario.
Only 500 numbered motorcycles will be produced of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario, which for Ducati embodies the maximum expression of a Naked sports bike. It has an exclusive livery featuring the three colours of the Italian flag on the nose fairing, fuel tank and passenger seat cover, inspired by the 2008 Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore. The special colour scheme partners perfectly with the prestige seat which has an embroidery of the 25th-anniversary logo.
Another distinguishing feature of this Monster are the gold coloured frame and forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes in the same colour. It also has numerous other prestigious details machined from solid. Such are the mirrors, frame plugs, handlebar end weights and the petrol cap, which is a standard fitting. The articulated brake and clutch levers, as well as the plate holder, are also in aluminium, while the front and rear mudguards, the keyhole cover and the exhaust heat guard are in carbon fibre. The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario also comes with a bike cover, decorated with the particular logo of this special limited edition.
As for the chassis set up, the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario boasts the best anyone could wish for on a Naked sports bike. The tubular steel trellis frame and single-sided swing arm in aluminium are in combination with a fully adjustable Öhlins fork with 48 mm diameter stanchions. The rear suspension which is also fully adjustable is Öhlins as well. The steering damper also from the Swedish firm. The first-class braking system is of two 330 mm diameter Brembo discs with Brembo M50 monobloc callipers. The rear 245 mm diameter disk is with a Brembo calliper.
The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario is equipped with the latest evolution of the Testastretta 11° DS. It guarantees high levels of power and torque as well as fluid and full delivery even at low revs. There’s also a manageable accelerator response that’s always gradual, ensuring maximum riding fun.
The twin-cylinder Monster 1200 25° Anniversario puts out 147 hp at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 124 Nm at 7,750 rpm.
The Testastretta 11° DS engine of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario guarantees long maintenance intervals. The regulation of the valves, for example, is due every 30,000 km.
The impressive electronic package features three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), as well as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The latter supplies information to the ABS Bosch Cornering and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) systems. The high-level electronic systems also include Ducati Traction Control (DTC). There is Ducati Quick Shift Up and Down (DQS) for swift gear changes without using the clutch as well. Thanks to them the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario guarantees authentic Ducati performance. Performance that is manageable and suitable for all riders, as well as providing a high level of active safety control.
The colour TFT instrument panel provides all the necessary information. It also allows the rider to regulate the Riding Mode settings through a pleasant and user-friendly interface.
In addition, the headlight has a DRL (Daytime Running Light) system, which ensures perfect daytime visibility. The system allows also immediate visibility of the motorcycle.
The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario will be available in Europe from September. Then from October – in Japan, from November in the United States and from December in Australia. But customers can already order it in at all Ducati Stores.
Exclusive characteristics of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario:
- 25° Anniversario Italian flag livery with gold coloured frame and wheel rims
- Premium seat with embroidered “25°” logo
- Limited edition serial number (xxx/500) on the frame
- Forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes
- Öhlins steering damper
- Articulated brake and clutch levers
- Machined-from-solid mirrors
- Frame plugs (machined-from-solid)
- Machined-from-solid handlebar end weights
- Aluminium plate holder
- Carbon fibre keyhole cover
- Exhaust heat guard – carbon fibre
- Carbon fibre front and rear mudguards
- Dedicated grips
- Nose fairing
- Machined-from-solid petrol cap (supplied)
- 25° Anniversario bike cover (supplied)