A few months ago there were rumblings about what Ducati had in store with most thinking a heavily upgraded Ducati Streetfighter was on its way. Those rumours were in the right direction as it is a naked that’s being released, albeit an upgraded version of the Ducati Monster 1200 in ‘R’ trim.
The Ducati Monster 1200 R is the first bike to be announced for Ducati’s 2016 range and according to the Italian manufacturer it will be the most powerful naked motorcycle they’ve ever released. How much more powerful? That will be known next Monday when Ducati provides a full press release on the bike. All we have at the moment is the teaser picture below.
The current top of the range Monster is the 1200 S Stripe which produces 106.6 kW (145 hp) @ 8,750 rpm and 124.5 Nm (91.8 lb-ft) @ 7,250 rpm (the standard Monster 1200 produces 99.3 kW and 118 Nm). Any noteworthy increase in power from the upcoming Monster 1200 R would make it more powerful than the Ducati 899 Panigale. The Monster S Stripe also gets fully adjustable Ohlins suspension and top of the line Brembo brakes which we imagine would carry across to this new halo model.