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Ducati Unveils Monster 1200 25º Anniversario Edition

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Jun 29, 2018
Ducati Unveils Monster 1200 25º Anniversario Edition

Only 500 units of this beauty will be built, each most probably sporting an eye-watering price tag
The iconic Ducati Monster was first introduced in 1992 at the Cologne fair, and commenced production in 1993. Having sold over 3.2 lakh units now, accounting for over 40 per cent of Ducati’s overall sales, the Monster has come to be regarded as the bike that saved the Italian bikemaker from possible insolvency in the early 90’s.
Cut to the present and Ducati has announced the arrival of the Monster 1200 Anniversario Edition, celebrating 25 years of the legendary motorcycle. Only 500 of these motorcycles will be developed, with an exclusive livery derived from the 2008 Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore, running from the flyscreen through the fuel tank and ending at the rear seat cowl.
The quilted saddle with the “25th Anniversary” logo sits perfectly in sync with the colour scheme. To add to the exclusivity, the Ducati Monster 1200 also receives a golden trellis frame with the limited edition serial number engraving and forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes.
Furthermore, parts like the brake and clutch levers, fuel tank cap as well as the plate holder are milled from aluminium, while the mudguard, keyhole cover and heat shield are treated in carbon fibre.
Powering the Monster is the same Testastretta 11°, liquid-cooled, L-twin motor that puts out 149PS of power at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 124Nm at 7,750 rpm.
It's also packed with electronics, including three riding modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which supplies information to the ABS, Bosch Cornering and Ducati Wheelie Control systems. In addition, the bike also gets ride-by-wire, traction control and a quickshifter for clutchless up and downshifts. Finally, there’s the full-colour TFT screen with a user-friendly interface and DRL’s for daytime visibility.
Mechanically, the Monster uses a tubular steel trellis frame which uses the engine as a stress member. It employs 48mm upside down front forks and a rear monoshock, both from Öhlins with full adjustability. Anchoring the Monster are twin 330mm discs paired with top-of-the-line Brembo M50 monobloc calipers up front and a single 245 mm rear disc paired with a Brembo twin-piston caliper.
The Monster is the second bike from Ducati’s stable to receive the ‘Anniversario’ treatment. Expected to be priced at approximately Rs 30 lakh, ex-showroom, the bike is an exclusive machine that is bound to dig deep into your pockets. There’s no word of how many units will be allocated for India; however, do expect it to hit Indian shores pretty soon, just like the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario did when it was unveiled.