2007 Ducati Monster
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Ducati has always believed in the 'naked' bike concept. Indeed, it represents a sector not only first created by the Italian company, but an area where they continue to produce innovative, exciting and original ideas, setting trends that others follow.
Having already achieved record sales and long been the most admired and widely imitated motorcycles, Ducati is now extending its Monster range still further for 2007 by focusing on the SR series, known to motorcyclists as the "single-sided swingarm" family and distinguished by its aggressive and exclusive appearance.
In 2003 the arrival of the high-powered, gritty S4R represented a major milestone in the history of Ducati motocycles, while 2005 saw the launch of the S2R with a tamer, less daunting engine that retained the appearance of the aggressive S4R but appealed to those who preferred less extreme performance. Offered in 800cc and 1000cc versions, with two-valve Desmo and air-cooling, the SR2 immediately won favour on the international market, as proven once again by the massive sales.
2006 will leave an equally important mark in the history books, making a breakthrough in terms of quality, performance, exclusiveness and sheer personality. For 2007, Ducati offers a no-compromise, authentic naked superbike with all-out power and grunt from the Desmodromic "Testastretta" powerplant. This jewel in the Monster crown comes with a brand new nametag, the Monster S4R S, and is destined to become the new benchmark in this segment.
The 2007 Monster family also adds the new S4R Testastretta to its already impressive line-up. This brand new model is powered by the famous 130hp Testastretta, deep-sump, L-Twin engine, previously powering only the top of the range S4R S. Another newcomer for 2007 is the Monster 695 which replaces the 620 with a quantum leap forward in terms of handling, riding pleasure and performance. The potent new 695cc L-Twin delivers much greater horsepower and torque - the highest output per cc of any Ducati air-cooled engine -making every twist of the throttle exciting and satisfying.
From this year, the famous Trellis frame, central to the appeal of the Monster family, has been made even more beautiful by improving the routing of all wiring harnesses.
Every model in the family also now boasts multi-functional electronic instrumentation which has two new display management functions: trip fuel and auto 'light off' system. The former is an additional trip meter that is activated when the fuel reserve light is on, while the latter is a feature that automatically switches off the lights after 60 seconds of 'key-on' if the engine is not running.
As a result of constant investment in engineering and quality control, every model in the 2007 range will benefit from a new maintenance programme in which servicing intervals have been extended, less parts are required and fewer operations have to be performed. The result is that the bike's overall scheduled maintenance costs are reduced by up to 50%.
Monster S4R S Testastretta
This true masterpiece of technology and styling cannot fail to take your breath away. Its superbly-balanced lines exquisitely engineer the magnificent "Testastretta" powerplant into a state-of-the-art Trellis frame. The character of this top of the range Monster represents the true hallmark of all Ducati Monsters.
The headlamp fairing, the dual, vertically stacked silencers and the racing stripe that characterises all the naked bikes in the 'single-sided swingarm' family, is now enhanced by several pure racing features that underline its thoroughbred looks.
The S4R S is characterised by a Ducati Trellis frame and black swingarm, a front end derived from the 999, and by the Y-spoke wheels. There are many more details taken directly from the Ducati race division that would normally go unnoticed on a faired bike, but are exposed for all to see on this Monster street fighter. Such as the triangular oil cooler and numerous carbon fibre parts, including the silencer cover, front mudguard, cam belt covers, exhaust system heat shield, radiator covers and the side panels. As proof of the painstaking attention to the tiniest details, even the cooling circuit ducts are now forged in aluminium rather than moulded in rubber.
Two attention-grabbing vertically stacked silencers in aluminium, complete the overall super-aggressive but beautifully styled statement of performance and technology.
The same attention to detail was dedicated to the cockpit which is equipped with the same instruments as the S2R but with dedicated model graphics. Additional details are a little easier to miss, like the fuel tank which, while apparently identical to that on the earlier versions, has actually been given a new base which incorporates a revolutionary new fuel pump.
Three different colour schemes for the tank and headlamp fairing are Ducati red, black, and an all-new pearl-white. All schemes are distinguished by the racing stripe (white for the red tank, red for the pearl white, and grey for the black) that slashes the machine from fore to aft and is located in a more central position and wider than that of the previous SR machines.
The end result of the S4R S Testastretta is nothing short of stunning, and that's before you even have a chance to experience its astonishing performance.
One of the most beautifully engineered components on the most powerful of all Monsters is the super high strength steel tube Trellis frame. Stiffened still further on this model the frame is combined with the same single-sided aluminium swingarm that is found on all versions of the SR family.
The main differences are to be found with the suspension and brakes. The front end is equipped with parts taken from the prestigious, high performance 999, starting from the Íhlins 43mm upside-down forks, with low friction TiN treatment to reduce sliding resistance, which are fully adjustable for preload and damping.
Two 320mm discs and radially mounted calipers represent the top of the range front brake solution fed from radial master cylinders mounted on variable section aluminium handlebars. An Íhlins rear shock, fully adjustable in compression, rebound, and preload and Y-spoked wheels with exceptional rigidity and low weight complete the chassis set-up.
The previous S4R model was billed as a machine at the top of its class in terms of performance, with its daunting 117hp, but the S4R S Testastretta raises the bar much further by producing a massive 130hp. This engine needs no introduction, it has won fame and respect on the circuits of the World Superbike Championship and in so doing represents the maximum technological expression of Ducati genius: a twin-cylinder engine able to beat the power of its massive rival four-cylinder competition.
For the S4R S the engine was given a dedicated oil cooler designed to offer optimum performance on a naked machine. Further details designed specifically for the powerful Monster can be found in the airbox and throttle bodies with IWP 189 injectors. The exhaust system with catalytic converter brings emission levels to within Euro 3 regulations, a pretty impressive feat for a 130hp.
The 'Testastretta' represents a milestone in the Ducati story, its name translated literally meaning 'narrow head', and derives from the specific layout of the timing gear, which is characterised by a narrow valve angle enabling a much more compact cylinder head. The result is a clean combustion chamber for maximum combustion and compression efficiency. The flat crown pistons are perfect to ensure a smooth and linear flame front and the specific architecture of the heads, combined with a highly evolved electronic engine management system, guarantees optimal combustion at all speeds for smooth and effective power.
Monster S4R Testastretta
Founder of the SR family, the S4R takes on a very important role alongside the 'S' version which is the current performance and equipment leader of the Monster range.
Equipped to catch the attention of the most performance hungry 'Ducatisti', the S4R Testastretta is more than capable of fulfilling its important role in the new Ducati 2007 range.
The new S4R Testastretta is now available in two new colour schemes, Titanium with central black stripe, and traditional Ducati red with central white stripe. Both colour versions have a red Trellis frame with black swingarm which matches the new Showa front fork sliders. The black component colour scheme is continued with headlamp mounts, fork clamps, handlebar risers, footrests and radiator side covers.
The fully adjustable Showa upside-down forks provide a perfectly balanced front-end while the rear is fully adjustable with a Sachs piggy back reservoir shock. A vitally important feature of the rear suspension system is the ability to adjust rear ride-height independent of spring pre-load, enabling the rear-end to be adjusted to an exact ride-height set-up without changing the shock's other settings thanks to the adjustable push-rod.
Radially mounted Brembo front brake calipers provide world-class stopping power while giving the front-end a decidedly race-orientated look.
The S4R has a massive increases in power from 117hp of the previous engine, to 130hp of the Testastretta and continues to feature twin-stacked silencers, aluminium Trellis single-sided swingarm, sporty headlamp fairing, exclusive paint schemes and high quality suspension. The addition of the powerful deep-sump Testastretta engine represents a milestone in the development of the Monster S4R.
The arrival of the S2R 1000 revolutionised the range. The event saw the departure of the two previous models in this engine size, and the dual-spark L-Twin powerplant is installed in a Monster that benefits with grit and personality. For this Monster, Ducati developed an advanced version of the chassis, designed to enhance the sports performance of a truly superb engine.
The main style elements are taken directly from the SR versions, starting from the racing stripe, which has become a hallmark feature of the entire SR Monster family. In the case of the S2R 1000, a brand new colour scheme has been introduced, with grey paintwork and black stripe and black wheels, joining the classic red or black versions, both of which feature a white racing stripe. In addition to the specific colour scheme, the new Monster version features another distinctive element in its carbon fibre side panels. But in a bike that combines bare essential style with a host of exclusive details, many components have become responsible for the overall aesthetic appeal of the machine. This category inevitably includes the twin vertically stacked silencers that emerge from the right-hand side of the bike and the beautiful single-sided swingarm in an aluminium tubular structure that characterises all SR Monster machines.
The S2R 1000 Monster allows the rider to get the most from the power and flexibility of the twin-cylinder two-valve engine thanks also to a chassis designed specifically to maximise rideability and safety. In this context, a series of components have been used on the basic set-up shared by all models in the 'single-sided swingarm' family. With respect to the 800cc version, the 1000 features a more powerful braking system: a pair of 320mm discs on the front, with four-piston calipers and a PSC master cylinder with separate reservoir, and a 245mm disc with two-piston caliper on the rear. The Showa upside-down forks with full adjustment of preload and damping is also tailored for this specific version of the Monster, while the rear monoshock is made by Sachs and is of the same type installed on the 800cc model. Fully adjustable handlebar levers enable a lever-reach to suit all riders.
The L-Twin engine of the S2R 1000 is the same powerplant used on the SportClassic family. The 95hp dual spark engine has been given a series of important updates that make it even more flexible and generous in all riding conditions. For this engine the twin exhausts features a specific layout designed to emphasise the already superb torque output readily available from surprisingly low revs. Also, the manual choke of the earlier versions has been replaced by an automatic valve designed to make cold starts even faster, even in the coldest of climates. The air-cooled Desmo engine has been integrated with a series of solutions to keep exhaust emissions to incredibly low levels. Thanks to these new exhaust features, the S2R 1000 has been the first Monster machine to obtain Euro 3 homologation. Another record for an engine that has been widely acclaimed for its characteristics of flexibility and extended power delivery, which adapts effortlessly to all riding styles, mastering the road on unhurried cruises or turning heads with gut-wrenching bursts of acceleration.
Monster S2R 800
The S2R 800 is the smallest Monster in the SR family, developed just three years ago to explore a previously uncharted segment - that of the small naked machine with a race personality.
Although it was unveiled just two years ago, this model soon hit the headlines with record sales and made waves in the biking community thanks to its exceptional mix of iconic styling, sheer performance, and accessible pricing. Equipped with an 803cc L-Twin, two-valve , air-cooled engine, 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 seat tail-piece to the headlamp fairing. For 2007, this engine also respects the limits imposed by Euro 3 regulations.
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 this emerging market segment. Introduced to the range in 2005, the SR2 has all the aesthetic features of the bigger SR Monsters, combined with the remarkable success of the 800 cc air-cooled L-Twin 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 2007, the S2R is offered in two colour versions: Ducati red with a white racing stripe and black. 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 bike.
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 all riding conditions, it 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 an equally effective single 245 mm disc at the rear . Even though it is the 'smallest' model in the range, the suspension systems on the Monster S2R are exactly as those on the larger displacement higher-performance versions: the Sachs single shock 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 Marzocchi 43mm upside-down forks.
The 800 cc engine with two valves per cylinder boasts an 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. 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 additional updates. The APTC is now fitted with a cush-drive designed to make the downshift phase smoother and more progressive. In addition to the benefits of the APTC slipper clutch requiring a much reduced clutch lever effort, the "slipper" clutch design also eliminates the rear wheel 'lock-up' or 'chatter' during aggressive down-shifting.
Ducati Monster 695
695 is not merely a name, a number or an engine size. 695 represents a most unique offering in the world of motorcycles and in the Ducati Monster family. It is a motorcycle that is welcoming to novice riders but, at the same time, is a Ducati delivering a level of performance that can even thrill more advanced riders.
While remaining the entry point to the Ducati Monster family of motorcycles, the Monster 695 transforms a motorcyclist into a Ducatista, a member of a tribe of fans whose motorcycle looks, feels and sounds like no other.
The Monster 695 replaces the 620 and is a quantum leap forward in terms of handling, riding pleasure and performance. The potent new 695 cc L-Twin delivers much greater horsepower and torque - the highest output per cc of any Ducati air-cooled engine - while producing smoother and more fluid power, making every twist of the throttle exciting and satisfying.
The Monster 695 introduces new graphics and appealing new colour treatments in line with its increased performance. The Trellis frame and engine area has a new 'clean' and uncluttered look, as electrical wires and connectors have been hidden, and the need for numerous wire ties has been eliminated. What's left is the simple elegance of the Trellis frame surrounding the potent new 695 engine.
Three different colour schemes are available with the 695: traditional Ducati Red, with red frame and black wheels, aggressive glossy black, with red frame and black wheels and distinctive matte black, with matte black frame and black wheels
The new engine clearly needs to be matched to a similarly advanced frame, and the Monster 695 takes full advantage of the confidence-inspiring road-holding and stability of the unique Ducati Trellis frame design. The Trellis frame is light, rigid and beautiful, and distinctively Ducati.
The rider's environment on the 695 is a perfect mix of sporting character and a confident upright rider position that allows optimal control and comfort. Every Monster 695 rider will feel perfectly at ease thanks to Ducati's lowest seat height, 30mm lower than all other Monsters.
The Monster 695 sports quality Marzocchi 43mm upside-down forks and a Sachs rear shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.
At the front, the 695 employs a Brembo braking system made up of two 300mm floating discs, together with floating twin-piston calipers. The single 245mm rear disc sports a fixed twin-piston Brembo caliper.
As on every model in the Monster family, the electronic dash is multi-functional, allowing the rider to switch to either the oil temperature or clock readout even while riding. It is also possible to dim the instrument's illumination should they be too intense during night riding.
The odometer and trip meter readings are indicated via a liquid crystal display. An anti-theft system is standard equipment, and its status is displayed on the instrument panel.
The engine of the 695 is the most important technical advancement, and much more than an additional 77cc of displacement might indicate. The new L-Twin delivers new levels of horsepower and torque, but maintains a smooth and fluid power delivery that ensures an exciting performance in all conditions.
The 695's increase in displacement was achieved with the application of an even more 'over-square' design compared to the 620. The enlargement of the cylinder bore from 80mm to 88mm and the reduction in the stroke from 61.5mm to 57.2mm results in a larger combustion chamber which allows the use of larger intake and exhaust valves, as well as 17% lower piston speeds for greater reliability.
The end result is that the 63hp of the 620 has been increased to 73hp for the 695, the highest output per cubic centimetre of all our Ducati air-cooled engines. Of course there is a significant increase in torque from the already impressive 5.7kgm of the 620, to an outstanding 6.2kgm for the 695.
The Monster 695 takes full advantage of the Ducati exclusive Adler Power Torque Clutch, a unique system that makes the 695 even friendlier, safer and more comfortable. It provides an amazingly light clutch pull that is a true benefit especially in urban riding, where frequent stops require frequent clutch use. Another advantage of the 'slipper' clutch, typically found on race bikes, is that it reduces the destabilising rear wheel 'lock-up' or 'chatter' phenomenon when downshifting abruptly or aggressively. It also benefits advanced riders, and racers alike, for the very same reasons.
As on every 2007 Ducati, the Monster 695 benefits from an extended, less frequent scheduled maintenance programme.