Though announced last year it’s only now that both the Monster 821 Stripe and Monster 1200 S Stripe are being released. For those unfamiliar with the Stripe family, it refers to special editions above the standard Monster range. Both the 821 get a host of visual and mechanical upgrades to differentiate them from the standard Monster range.
Visually, the Monster 1200 S Stripe gets double white side-stripes on the mudguard, tank, and passenger seat cover, plus a red frame and black wheels. Also, the Monster 1200 S Stripe comes fitted with a red micro-fairing with windshield, carbon fibre belt covers, and a Ducati Performance undertail plate holder machined from solid aluminium.
Powered by an 1198 cm³ Testastretta 11° DS engine with a maximum output of 145 hp at 8,750 rpm, the bike features a Trellis frame attached to the cylinder heads, and a single-sided swingarm. The suspension set-up consists of 48 mm Öhlins forks and a fully adjustable Öhlins shock while the front braking system has a Brembo set-up with 330 mm discs and Brembo M50 callipers.
The Monster 1200 S Stripe features TFT instrumentation and Riding Modes, as well as the Ducati Safety Pack with three-level ABS and eight-level DTC (Ducati Traction Control). The bike also includes wheels with a Y-shape spoke design, LED indicators, a front carbon mudguard, and a height-adjustable seat.
Likewise, the Monster 821 Stripe also sports the exclusive red colour scheme with double white side-stripes on the mudguard, tank and passenger seat cover, plus the red frame and black wheels. Its 821 cm³ Testastretta 11° engine provides a maximum power of 112 hp at 9,250 rpm, while the Trellis frame is attached to the cylinder heads. The suspension consists of 43 mm Kayaba forks up front – fully adjustable on the Stripe version – and a Sachs unit at the rear, adjustable in spring preload and rebound damping, which employs a progressive pull-rod linkage attached to the vertical cylinder on one side and the double-sided cast aluminium swingarm on the other. Shorter than that of the Monster 1200, the double-sided swingarm on the Monster 821 provides enhanced agility with precise handling for optimum riding pleasure.
The Monster 821 Stripe also features LCD instrumentation and Riding Modes, as well as the Ducati Safety Pack, which lets riders choose from three different ABS sensitivity levels and eight different DTC (Ducati Traction Control) levels. The seat is height-adjustable and, last but not least, the Monster 821 Stripe also sports a red micro-fairing with windshield.