2006 Ducati S2R 800
The S2R 800 cc is the smallest Monster in the SR family, developed just three years ago to explore a previously uncharted segment: that of the naked machine with a race personality. Although it was unveiled just a year ago, this model soon hit the headlines with record sales, making waves in the biking community thanks to its exceptional mix of iconic styling, sheer performance, and accessible pricing. Equipped with an 803 cc twin cylinder powerplant, with dual valves and air cooling, the S2R 800 maintains the classic looks of the SR family with a distinctive colour scheme thanks to the iconic racing stripe extending from the rear fairing to the headlight shell.
The S2R is the entry level Monster allowing newcomers to get a first taste of the qualities of the "single-sided swingarm" family - the naked bikes with a race personality that have come to personify an emerging market segment. Introduced into the range in 2005, the SR2 has all the aesthetic features of the bigger SR Monsters, combined with remarkable success with an 800 cc air-cooled twin-cylinder engine. In terms of styling, the result, which combines typical race details with several of the essential characteristics that have brought fame to the fabulous Ducati naked machines, has captivated the attention of enthusiasts. For the MY '06, the S2R is offered in the classic versions, obviously including the popular Dark model, which follows tradition and, with its handsome matt black paintwork, is the version offering the best quality/price ratio and also the most accessible opportunity to enjoy the dynamic qualities of this superb machine; in fact, this model is supplied without the headlight fairing and painted seat cover, and is equipped with conventional handlebar in place of the variable section aluminium version of the other models in the S2R series.
The most characteristic colour schemes of the Monster S2R are the basic three classic combinations with their distinctive broad racing stripe. And there's one highly characteristic technical feature shared by all SR models: we're talking about the much admired vertically stacked twin exhaust system that snakes down the right-hand side of the tail section.
The S2R project is built around a series of chassis solutions designed to ensure that the bike handles in a way that is compatible with its aesthetic appearance. In order to provide the machine with the qualities needed to tackle mixed riding conditions, ideal to underscore the excellent torque characteristics of the twin cylinder air-cooled engine, this machine has been equipped with a braking system that combines incredible stopping power with the maximum controllability. The twin 300 mm front discs are assisted by a equally effective single 245 mm disc on the rear wheel. Even though it is the "smallest" model in the range, the suspension systems on the Monster S2R are sized exactly like those of the bigger displacement higher-performance versions: the Sachs monoshock is coupled to the attractive and extremely rigid single-sided aluminium swingarm. The front end of the traditional steel tube trellis frame is equipped with an upside-down fork with 43 mm diameter stanchion tubes.
The 800 cc engine with two intake valves per cylinder can boast a proven track record of optimal balance in terms of performance, thanks to its excellent power output, delivered without creating problems for less experienced riders. The blend of high performance and reduced fuel consumption was refined with the evolution of the twin cylinder powerplant, which in its most recent edition has been equipped with electronic fuel injection and a catalytic converter exhaust system. Extremely lively despite the carefully controlled fuel consumption, since 2004 the 800 desmo engine has been coupled with another distinctive technical solution: the APTC clutch derived from the version installed on 620 engines but with an additional update. The APTC is now fitted with a cush drive designed to make the downshift phase smoother and more progressive, and a twin primary drive sprocket to reduce transmission noise. One advantage, in addition to the benefits of the APTC slipper clutch resulting in reduced clutch lever operating force, consists of the "slipper" clutch design, that eliminates the damaging effects of reverse torque on suspension and engine in conditions of hard braking.
Engine - L twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder
Type - Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement - 803 cc
Bore x Stroke - 88 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio - 10.5:1
*Power - 56.7 kW - 77 HP @ 8250 rpm
*Torque - 72,6 Nm - 7.4 Kgm @ 6500 rpm
Fuel Injection - Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust - 2 aluminium mufflers
Emissions - Euro 2
Transmission - 6-speed
Gearbox - 1st; 32/13, 2nd; 30/18, 3rd; 28/21, 4th; 26/23, 5th; 22/22
Ratio - Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85
Final drive - Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41
Clutch - APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame - Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase - 1440 mm / 56.7 in
Steering angle - 24°
Front suspension - Marzocchi 43 mm upside-down fork
Front wheel travel - 130 mm / 5.1 in
Front wheel - 5-spoke light alloy 3.50x17
Front tyre - 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension - Progressive linkage with preload
and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshock
Rear wheel travel - 148 mm / 5.8 in
Rear wheel - 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre - 180/55 ZR 17
Front brake - 2 x 300 mm discs, 2-piston caliper
Rear brake - 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
**Dry weight - 173 Kg / 381 lbs
Seat height - 800 mm / 31.5 in
Max height - 1222 mm / 48.1 in
Max length - 2105 mm / 83.5 in
Instruments - speedometer, rev counter, LCD clock, immobilizer
*** Warranty - 2 years unlimited mileage
Fuel Tank Capacity - 3.6 US gal (of which 0.8 US gal reserve)
*Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer. **The weight excludes battery, lubricants and coolant for liquid cooled models.
***The conditions of the warranty are described in the warranty booklet provided with each motorcycle.