Straight Outta Tokyo: An angular new look and subtle tracker vibe for Ducati's early Monster, the M900.
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When it comes to significance for both its manufacturer and a generation of riders, few bikes can get close to the Ducati Monster. The brain-child of Argentinean designer Miguel Galluzzi (now head of design at Piaggio), under the direction of the legendary Massimo Bordi, the Monster was both something of a parts-bin special born out of necessity and a masterstroke that proved so successful it saved Ducati.
Indeed, in becoming an overnight best-seller that first M900 not only spawned both a whole family of other Monsters (600 and 750 versions soon followed) it inspired a breed of imitators sufficient to create the whole naked class and in doing so became the very backbone of Ducati’s modern line-up.
Quietly, the 821 is bringing radical change to the family of 90-degree V-twins derived from the original 851 8-Valve Desmo, which, in turn, was based on the Pantah 500 that Dr. Fabio Taglioni designed back in the mid-1970s. The Pantah was the result of a crash program to give Ducati a middleweight sportbike after the bad flop of the 350-500 GTV SOHC parallel twin.
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If you’re after an expensive, exotic, naked Italian superbike it has to look good – whether you’re parading up and down the Kings Road or, in our case, the streets of Bologna. Which is where MV Agusta’s new Brutale 800 RR comes in – an Italian super-naked which raises exotica levels to a new high. But does it? And, if so, is it worth over £11,500 for what is still ‘only’ an 800? To find out we decided to pit the new MV against the definitive example of the Italian naked genre, Ducati’s Monster 1200S, a bike which has much of what the MV offers, for a similar price and yet is a full 1200. The similarities don’t end there. Both are from desirable brands, each with a long history of racing success, and both have that wow factor. Both also have single-sided swingarms, lightweight race wheels, and racing Brembo brakes which are ABS assisted. They also have similarly-styled trellis frames, although the MV’s is the more traditional, as the Ducati uses the engine as a stressed...
Many ladies attended the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed trials this year, including landspeed record holder Valerie Thompson, Loretta Flores, and so many more!
Photographer and motorcyclist Barbara Fuentes guest posts about her trip from Seattle, Washington to Wendover, Utah for the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in September. “It started 100 years ago. Folks started trekking to Bonneville, Utah with their cars and motorcycles to go fast; record-breaking fast. Formally known as BUB, the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials is the premier motorcycle land speed racing event. Sanctioned by the AMA and FIM, this event gives you the opportunity to make National and World records. Several classes are available for entry- from small vintage bikes on up to streamliners. On Friday Aug. 22nd, I packed up my SUV and made my way down to Utah. The ride was pretty uneventful, save my car karaoke. I decided to go out to the Flats on Saturday morning. When I arrived, I came to the ‘boat launch,’ the tiny bit of land between the road and what looks like an expansive lake. Not deep, about 6 inches or so- but seemed to go on forever.
Great look at a world that few people that have not done it, really understand the complexity of. Worth a read.
Devonne Duerbaum, 22, a college student from Hollywood, Fla., on her 2009 Ducati Monster 696, as told to A.J. Baime.
My father has been taking me to motorcycle races since I was young, so I grew up around bikes. He always had Ducatis—which are beautifully designed Italian motorcycles. When I turned 16, I wanted one, but he wanted me to wait. Two years later, I graduated high school, took a motorcycle class and got my license. I came home one day and he said, "Hey, let me show you something."
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Nice story on my friends Devy and Guido, and the Desmodonne International womens Ducati club.
They say: “The essential Monster”
We say: “Who needs 1,200cc?”
The mighty Monster is evolving. Earlier this year we pitted the new Monster 1200 against a bright crop of new-for-2014 naked bikes for our July cover story, and it acted more refined and mature than ever. A standard liquid-cooled engine, along with a longer wheelbase and more room for a passenger highlighted the flagship Monster's lean toward sensibility.
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Dynamic video filmed in the beautiful hills around Bologna & Ducati factory. A bold and essential form shaped by a unique history, combined with the unmistakable Ducati roar released from the 112hp Testastretta 11° engine, are hallmarks of the Monster 821. Trellis frame, Riding Modes, and the Ducati Safety Pack are the elements that bring you unprecedented riding pleasure. Monster 821. Designed according to your desires, to be even more Monster.
For over two decades, Monster has inspired not just motorcycling enthusiasts, but engineers, designers, artists. An intangible quality that surrounds the Monster has achieved something quite rare: a cult following even in the realm of visual and creative arts. To celebrate the iconic value of the new Monster 821, the Italian mural artist "2501" was inspired to free his creative spirit and incorporate the motorcycle into an original creation which would accentuate the style and dynamism of the shapes in a new dimension.