2009 Ducati Monster 1100 and 1100S - First Look

Ducati adds more power to the new Monsters.

2009 Ducati Monster 1100 and 1100S - First Look

Following the completely new 696 Monster, Ducati just announced two new members of the family, the Monster 1100 and 1100S. They're powered by the torquey two-valve 1100cc dual-spark Desmodromic Twin already found in the Hypermotard and Multistrada.

After a nice weight-loss program, the Monster 1100 tips the scale at a claimed 371 pounds (369 for the S version). As usual, the S receives high-end suspension components from Öhlins, with a 43mm titanium-nitride coated fork and shock, while various carbon-fiber bits and pieces help reduce weight below that of the standard model.

The Ducati Monster S2R 1000 was already a fine motorcycle: lots of torque, good handling and styling that paid homage to the original. But the 696 broke away from the mold, offering fresh (if not a little controversial) styling and an updated chassis. Despite being the entry-level Duke, it impressed us with excellent handling and brakes. It appears that the Monster 1100 walks in the footsteps of its little sibling, with similar styling, chassis updates and one of the best air-cooled engines ever. We look forward to throwing a leg over the Monster soon.

The Monster will be available in the following color combinations: Red tank/frame and silver wheels; silver tank, red frame and silver wheels; gloss-black tank, matte-black frame and silver wheels. The S is available with a red tank/frame and gold wheels or with a pearl-white tank, matte-black frame and gold wheels. The standard Monster 1100 will be priced at $11,995, the 1100S goes for $13,995. The first U.S. appearance for the 1100 will be at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Phoenix, Arizona, October 31-November 2.