2020 Ducati Monster 1200 S

Back in a mix of matte and gloss black with striking red graphics.

2020 Ducati Monster 1200 SDucati

For 2020, Ducati rolled the Monster 1200 S into a paint booth and applied a fresh black-on-black color scheme—a striking combination of gloss and matte—giving the Testastretta 11° V-twin an even more assertive presence. Mechanically, however, this liter-plus streetfighter remains unchanged from the previous model year. That's not at all bad though. The 803, 821, and 1,198cc Monsters are some of Ducati's most popular models, and the 1200 S is the patriarch of the family, a true naked-bike steamroller at home on boulevard or back road. There's a great top-end rush, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension front and rear to keep this nimble handler well-composed, and Brembo four-piston M50 calipers up front for responsive, reliable stopping performance.

In addition to the premium suspension and braking components, the 1200 S has a number of upgrades, such as up/down Ducati Quick Shift, a sleek passenger seat cover, a lightweight carbon-fiber front fender, LED lighting, and an anti-theft system. "Pick the right roads and conditions, and the Ducati will surely fight for the top spot in the naked-bike class," testers wrote about the Monster 1200 S after its major upgrade in 2017.

2020 Ducati Monster 1200 SDucati

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Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $17,595
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, two-cylinder
Displacement 1,198cc
Bore x Stroke 106.0mm x 67.9mm
Horsepower 147.0 hp @ 9,250 rpm
Torque 91.0 lb.-ft. @ 7,750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 31.3–32.2 in.
Rake 23.3 °
Trail 3.4 in.
Front Suspension 48mm fully adjustable; 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 5.9-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 190/55-17
Wheelbase 58.5 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 465 lb.

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