Monday, June 01, 2015

2015 Ducati Monster 1200S and Monster 821 get their stripes

Go-faster stripes. Yes! That's what the Monster 1200 and Monster 821 really needed...

Ducati have added an important performance accessory to the 2015 Monster 821 and Monster 1200S - go-faster stripes! The Monster 1200S Stripe gets a red paintjob with double white side-stripes on the mudguard, tank and passenger seat cover, plus a red-painted chassis and black wheels. There's also a red micro-fairing with windshield, carbonfibre belt covers and a Ducati Performance undertail plate holder machined from solid aluminium.

Fitted with Ducati's 1198cc Testastretta V-twin that produces 145bhp, the Monster 1200S also gets top-spec running gear, including a single-sided aluminium swingarm, fully adjustable 48mm Öhlins fork and shock, and twin 330mm brake discs at the front, with Brembo M50 callipers. For those who love gadgets and gizmos, there's TFT instrumentation, 3-level ABS, 8-level traction control, multiple riding modes, LED indicators, carbonfibre front mudguard and a height-adjustable seat.

The Monster 821 Stripe also gets a red colour scheme with double white side-stripes on the mudguard, tank and passenger seat cover, along with the red frame and black wheels. Its 821cc Testastretta V-twin punches out 112bhp and there's 3-level ABS and 8-level TC here as well. The bike's suspension consists of fully adjustable 43mm Kayaba forks up front and a Sachs monoshock that's adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping. There's also LCD instrumentation, height-adjustable seat and a red micro-fairing with windshield.

While we definitely still want that Panigale 1299S for Sunday mornings, we'd be more than happy to ride the Monster 1200S Stripe on all other days of the week...

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