2006 Ducati Monster S4R
As a key member of the SR range, this model maintains a reference role also in the MY '06 range. If the SR4RS Testastretta version currently constitutes the quintessential machine in terms of technology, performance, and equipment, the S4R maintains a place of honour in the Monster SR family. This bike, an icon in terms of its raw uncluttered appeal, is designed to constitute a trailblazer in this specific market segment. The over and under silencers that emerge alongside the seat, the compact headlight shell, the exclusive colour schemes, the presence of top quality suspension systems, and the powerful Desmoquattro series engine are all details that have transformed the Monster S4R into an authentic cult machine. This is an important machine that continues to hold a place of honour in the range of Ducati MY '06 bikes, captivating the interest of even the most demanding Ducati enthusiasts.
The dominant style echoes the features that underpin the Monster's success, characterised by a mix of very spartan bodywork with a large number of business-like mechanical parts that are clearly visible together with the handsome trellis frame. On the S4R the exposed parts are more numerous and, more importantly, since they derive directly from the world of the racetrack, of the highest possible quality. The styling is therefore absolutely uncompromising, echoing the riding style, which differs from that of all the other Monster machines. The absence of fairings and covers draws attention to a long series of special parts, starting from the Superbike series powerplant with its highly individualistic curved oil cooler. The eyes are also drawn immediately to the two exhaust silencers emerging from the right side, the single-sided aluminium trellis swingarm, the headlight shell, and the large number of carbon fibre components. An exclusive touch is provided by the variable section aluminium handlebar. The business end of the machine is completed by a classic racing style instrument panel, spartan enough but complete with all the information needed by those who rely for their day-to-day transport needs on this fascinating. Superbike without the fairings!
The Ducati Monster S4R is available in three colour schemes also in the M.Y. 05 range: red, blue, and black, all with a white racing stripe.
The round tube trellis frame is easily able to handle all the stresses induced by an engine that is remarkably lively, although partially tamed to improve performance on the road. But since the Monster S4R is also designed to offer outstanding track performance, the brakes and suspension are absolutely superb, with characteristics that are similar in all aspects to the original equipment of the top Ducati Superbikes. The ground clearance of the S4R is increased to make it compatible with extreme sports riding, with accentuated lean angles without the risk of clipping the road surface with any part of the machine. The chosen suspension systems reflect the very best available on the market, with Showa 43 mm upside-down forks the stanchions of which have been subjected to TiN treatment to eliminate any traces of surface roughness and ensure the maximum precision of sliding movements. Designed to appeal to knowledgeable, demanding riders, the suspension features adjustment facilities for all damping functions to allow the attainment of the perfect balance between the front and rear suspension. For the same reason, the Showa rear shock allows the rider to obtain the ideal setup by adjusting preload, compression and rebound, and also the ride height of the rear end.
The twin cylinder engine mounted in the S4R frame hardly needs an introduction. It hails from the Desmoquattro family of engines, mounted on the Superbikes that have achieved such superb results on race circuits all over the world. To provide the necessary credentials to power a machine that has plenty of raw grunt, although not limited exclusively to track racing, the four valve per cylinder desmodromic engine features even fatter torque output than in the past. The result is a thoroughbred naked sports bike, with rated power output of 117 HP at 8,750 rpm, and delivering 10.1 kgm of torque at 7000 rpm.
Engine - L twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder
Type - Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement - 996 cc
Bore x Stroke - 98 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio - 11.6:1
*Power - 86.1 kW - 117 HP @ 8750 rpm
*Torque - 99.1 Nm - 10.1 Kgm @ 7000 rpm
Fuel Injection - Marelli electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
Exhaust - 2 aluminium mufflers
Emissions - Euro 2
Transmission - 6-speed
Ratio - 1st; 37/15, 2nd; 30/17, 3rd; 27/20, 4th; 24/22, 5th; 23/24,6th; 24/28
Primary drive - Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84
Final drive - Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42
Clutch - Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame - Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase - 1440 mm / 56.7 in
Steering angle - 24°
Front suspension - Showa 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down fork with TiN
Front wheel travel - 130 mm / 5.1 in
Front wheel - 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50x17
Front tyre - 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension - Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock
Rear wheel travel - 148 mm / 5.8 in
Rear wheel - 5-spoke in light alloy 5.50x17
Rear tyre - 180/55 ZR 17
Front brake - 2 x 320 mm discs, 4-piston caliper
Rear brake - 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
**Dry weight - 181 Kg / 399 lbs
Seat height - 800 mm / 31.5 in
Max height - 1222 mm / 48.1 in
Max length - 2121 mm / 83.5 in
Instruments - speedometer, rev counter, LCD clock, immobilizer
*** Warranty - 2 years unlimited mileage
Fuel Tank Capacity - 15 l (of which 3.5 l reserve). 3.9 US gal (of which 0.9 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.