2009 Ducati Monster 1100
arrival of the new 1100 and 1100 S now increases the
size of the Monster family, a family that redefines
the naked motorcycle and stakes its claim as the new
icon of Italian excellence. Dedicated to those who
want to make the ultimate expression, this jewel of
style and performance is powered by the charismatic
two-valve 1100cc Desmodromic twin-cylinder engine,
famous the world over for its legendary torque and
When you choose to ride the Monster, you are not
simply choosing a bike but an entire lifestyle. It
is an extension of your own character, something that
can be shared or kept for yourself but either way,
a desire to experience the exhilaration of naked power
as you ride this international motorcycling icon.
With its new single-sided aluminium swingarm, high
level of componentry, race-oriented chassis and 15
years of evolution, the Monster 1100 now takes its
place at the head of the Monster family.
‘less-is-more’ philosophy behind all Monsters
underlines Ducati’s never-ending pursuit of
genuinely compact, high performance motorcycles, but
these new models have succeeded in being even more
‘pared down’ than their predecessors.
The Monster 1100 weighs a whole 8kg (17.6lb) less
than the already lightweight S2R 1000, making it by
far the lightest bike in its category. Every single
component has been redesigned and redeveloped in order
that form would follow function. With any details
detracting from the Monster concept being eliminated,
the ‘less-is-more’ also means ‘less-is-Monster’.
Less weight plus more torque equals fun-filled riding.
Today’s Monster family is the result of constant
evolution in design and technology. The new, powerful
and breathtaking top-of-the-range models boast attractive
ergonomics and present pure style and charisma, while
preserving the essence of the original naked bike
Ducati Monster 1100
The new Monster 1100 design perfectly balances sports
performance, riding pleasure and stunning looks. Its
seductive line is the product of a Ducati philosophy
where form and function combine to create the naked
bike par excellence.
Its essential yet painstakingly perfected design
is the result of the all-Italian motorcycling tradition
of creativity. The new Monster 1100 is the bike for
motorcyclists who know exactly what they want and
whose lifestyle revolves around their love of riding.
Pure riding pleasure is guaranteed with super-light
and agile handling characteristics combined with the
exceptional torque of the Desmo engine and the dependable
competition-level braking system. The Monster 1100
is more than just a bike, it is an extension of your
own personality. The Monster’s essential design
and unique sound sets it aside from all others.
In search of the perfect corner
just 169kg (373lb), the Monster 1100 is the lightest
bike in its class.
The exceptional handling, combined with 10.5kgm (75.9lb-ft)
of torque from the Ducati Desmo engine, results in
a pure, adrenalin-filled ride.
Every single component has been created to satisfy
a Ducati rider’s needs and provide unrivalled
agility and handling. That is why Ducati engineers,
designers and testers have aimed for the best possible
set-up and the Monster is able to ensure the best
handling of all naked bikes.
With a 40mm higher ride-height than the 696, the
increased ground clearance of the Monster 1100 enables
impressive lean angles, letting you explore the sports
side of this new naked bike to the full. The extremely
lightweight aluminium alloy five Y-spoke wheels reduce
unsprung weight and improve agility. The 3.50x17 front
wheel is fitted with a 120/70ZR tyre while the rear
5.50x17 wheel has a 180/55ZR. The result is lightweight,
precise steering that is extremely responsive at all
speeds while giving the vehicle exceptional stability.
The steering lock has been improved to a considerable
64 degrees overall by using the extra distance allowed
by cleverly shaped air ducts in the fuel tank covers
which feed the new ten litre airbox. The sports feel
of the bike is further accentuated by the new aluminium
The 43mm fully adjustable Showa forks and Sachs
rising-rate rear suspension unit, with adjustable
spring pre-load and return damping, offer sufficient
personalisation to suit all riding styles and provide
that perfect ‘feel’. Using the proven
‘cantilever’ system, the steeply angled
rear unit compresses in a movement non-linear to the
rear swingarm radius, thus achieving a progressive
action. This enables easy access to the spring pre-load
and rebound damping adjuster, while eliminating the
weight of the rocker-arm mechanism.
High performance Trellis frame
Trellis frame, developed in conjunction with Ducati
Corse and using the Desmosedici short frame concept,
uses the same tube diameter and thickness as the 1098
R. The rear subframe is also derived from Desmosedici
RR technology using cast aluminium to create a sturdy
and yet lightweight structure for rider and passenger.
The lightweight Trellis frame not only boasts unequalled
rigidity, but its simple and essential lines perfectly
link up the aluminium footpeg assemblies and single-sided
swingarm in pure Ducati style.
Maximum control braking
The power and charisma of the new Monster 1100 can
rely upon a best-in-category braking system that provides
excellent, precise and controllable braking performance.
The vigorous Brembo system is the direct result
of Ducati Corse racing experience, featuring radial
pumps with adjustable levers feeding four-piston radial
calipers which grip twin 320mm discs. The rear brake
uses a 2-piston caliper operating on a 245mm disc.
The beautifully shaped single-sided swingarm gives
the Monster a ‘tough’ look while ensuring
higher rigidity, reduced weight and enhanced road
holding. The swingarm is chill-cast using aluminium
in its most noble form. Gravity cast and heat treated,
the component achieves the best mechanical characteristics
as well as reduced final weight for improved handling.
Innovation and Style
The Monster 1100 takes its place at the top of Monster
family, inheriting and developing the groundbreaking
features that took the 696 to the top just weeks after
The new colour schemes have elegant combinations
including grey with red frame while the racing gold
wheels of the ‘S’ version accentuate the
sports side of the new, naked Ducati.
Headlight: The triple-parabola
headlamp uses the latest optical technology to provide
a deep, wide beam which makes riding at night both
easier and safer. The highly advanced construction
of the assembly provides one of the most compact headlamps
Airbox and Fuel Tank: The use of
advanced moulding techniques have not only enabled
greater fuel capacity but also a larger airbox. The
new fuel tank now holds 15 litres (3.8 US gal) while
the airbox contains a power-enhancing 10 litres of
Mirrors: The rear view mirrors
have been completely redesigned, making them lower,
smoother and more aerodynamic while ensuring a clear
view to the rear. Their design accentuates the curves
and lines of the handlebars and fuel tank.
LED Rear Light: The minimalist
spirit of the Monster and the desire to reduce weight
to a minimum were the reasons behind the choice of
an LED lighting system for the rear.
Gull-Wing Fork Clamps: Just like
the race-winning Ducatis, the Monster 1100 is fitted
with extremely robust fork clamps. Their ‘gull-wing’
shape design achieves exceptional torsional strength.
Instruments: The digital instrumentation
enables you to keep an eye on your Monster 1100’s
performance at all times, thanks to the many viewing
options offered by the on-board computer. The display,
which is scrollable from the left-hand switch gear,
is made even more attractive and easier to read thanks
to a new white screen back lighting. Information includes:
service reminders, oil temperature, air temperature,
speedometer, lap time, fuel reserve warning light,
low oil pressure warning light, indicators, over-rev
warning light, neutral position and immobilizer. The
instrumentation is also ready to accommodate the DDA
(Ducati Data Analyser) system.
Monster 1100 power unit is the legendary 1100cc, air
cooled, Dual Spark L-Twin engine whose 95hp gives
it that unmistakable Ducati sound. Developed for an
incredibly flexible power delivery, the 1100 Desmodromic
engine provides the rider with enough torque to exit
the most challenging of corners. The impressive 10.5kgm
(75.9lb-ft) of torque, typical of the Ducati L-Twin
engines, will excite with every twist of the throttle.
The two-valve engine on the new Monster 1100 features
an all-new crankcase which significantly reduces overall
engine weight. They are produced using the same innovative
Vacural? technology that Ducati previously applied
only to Supersport models such as the 848.
This method of production relies on vacuum die-casting,
which improves the quality of the casting by avoiding
porosity, air pockets and oxidation. This enables
greater dimensional accuracy and higher ductility
for the aluminium alloy. Ducati designers have drawn
upon the benefits of this innovative process, redefining
the conformation and thickness of the sides on the
new crankcase using finite element simulations (FEM)
and tests, which resulted in achieving the required
reliability standards as well as attaining a significant
weight reduction of 3kg (6.6lb) compared to previous
versions of the 1100cc engines.
The new geometry of the crankcase, their black cylinders
and the new carbon grey finish on the cam covers give
the Monster 1100 engine a brand new look.
To help control the 95hp of powerful twin-cylinder
engine, an entirely new engine control system has
been adopted based on a combined alfa-n and speed-density
strategy for carburation adjustment.
Used alongside the traditional alfa-n system, the
speed-density strategy makes it possible to optimise
engine carburation, in particular when using small
throttle openings. This ensures a greater control
over the torque delivered and improved control of
The 1100 engine boasts a 98mm bore and a 71.5mm
stroke, delivering 95hp at 7500rpm and an impressive
torque of 10.5kgm (79.5lb-ft) at 6000rpm.
The excellent torque and power values of the most
advanced air-cooled L-Twin cylinder engine ever designed
by Ducati combined with the exceptional light weight
of the motorcycle accentuate the riding pleasure and
charisma of the new Monster 1100.
To underline the sports side of the bike, the new
Monster 1100 is fitted with Ducati’s very own
The Monster 1100 has a specially designed exhaust
system which features an electronically controlled
exhaust valve that enables the use of silencers similar
to those of the 696. The exhaust system on the 1100
has one Lambda probe dedicated to each cylinder, enabling
precise fuelling for a smoother power delivery as
well as complying with current emission regulations.
The routing of the exhaust system enables optimum