The Ducati Monster is arguably one of the most popular motorcycle models in the world. It first made its debut in the United States in 1992, when it was introduced to the market by then-rising star mechanic, Scott Hebert. The Monster was intended as an inexpensive model of motorcycle that would appeal to younger motorcycle riders. However, it quickly earned a following among older riders as well, and has remained a firm favorite ever since. This article covers the history of the Ducati Monster, from its inception to present day.
The first model of the Ducati Monster was a street-going machine, designed for general use on smooth city streets. It featured a rear wheel drive layout and was sold with just under 2,000 units. Monster production moved to Italy in 1993, and the company claimed wet weight performance figures of up to eighty five hundred kilometers per hour, making it the most powerful motorcycle in its class. This claimed wet weight was later lowered to just over seven hundred kilometers per hour. By the end of the decade, the Monster was becoming popular among serious racers due to its high speed capabilities.
The basic layout of the Ducati monster includes a low-slung, two-seat layout with a cast-metal, trellis frame. The engine is placed beneath the lower seat. The front suspension system is arranged in such a way as to allow it to nestle under the trellis frame. The suspension is arranged so that it can also act as a branch of the body, allowing it to absorb lateral shocks when the Monster is pushed forward, without being stressed to the point of failure. The Monster 1200cc is powered by a sixteen inch dry motorcycle engine, producing around three hundred horsepower.
The Monster's suspension setup includes a flexible dual-leaf leaf springs system, which allows for a high level of flexibility when dealing with variable road and weather conditions. The suspension is arranged in two separate elements; the higher Spring Preload Adjustable Shock absorbers, and the lower rebound damping. These elements are then linked via an aluminum control arm that contains the lower shock absorber. Other elements included in the suspension setup of the Dornader are four-wheel drive adjustable suspensions and a four-link rear suspension.
The new monster category introduced by Ducati is the midrange segment, using a variety of styling cues borrowed from the Grandcabrio and racing concepts. Unlike the old Monster models, the new model uses a front wheel drive layout that has been further developed to suit the needs of the rider. The front wheel drive has been modified to allow better control at high speeds. An extended horizontally expandable L-twin engine supplies the engine power, driving the rear wheels with an increased amount of torque.
The bike also carries a sporty design, borrowing heavily from the new monster concept. The front and rear suspensions are sporty looking. The new monster bike carries a sporty look with its short, sporty body style. Bikes in the new category carry a sporty stance and are made using lighter weight aluminum to reduce weight and save costs. The tank is made using a longer and higher sporty style to give it a more sporty feel, while still providing adequate tank room for riders.
Another key feature found on the new Ducati is the use of a modular sportbike chassis. The new frame geometry and suspension system allow the bike to be made with greater strength and a much longer chassis. The result is that the new Ducati manages to use an updated and sportier profile when compared to the previous models.
The new model manages to keep the traditional looks of the original Ducati, while also adding some interesting new features. One such new feature is the use of two-seater, two-rotor engines. The engine has been placed in a new body on the top of the motorcycle to create a striking and powerful look. The engine is also complemented by a powerful transmission, giving the machine the ability to hit the track and go fast.