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  2. It's gonna be so nice out that I'm going for a ride!!!
  3. New for 2023, the Monster SP features Öhlins suspension, Brembo Stylema brake calipers, and other up-spec components. (Ducati/)Ups The least expensive model in the Ducati lineup (excluding Scrambler models) is also the best valueProven electronic rider aids packageIt’s the Universal Italian Motorcycle—approachable, fast, high-tech, and stylishDowns The least expensive Ducati is still pretty pricey compared to the competitionThe Monster’s new style doesn’t make it an instant icon like the originalSome Ducatisti may mourn the loss of signature elements, like the single-sided swingarm and trellis frameVerdict The Ducati Monster is an icon of Italian motorcycling style. The newest incarnation is a stylistic departure from the original, but by using Borgo Panigale’s latest chassis designs, it’s philosophically truer to the original than it’s been for years. With much of the same tech, less weight, a nice dose of go-fast eagerness, and a cheaper price tag than its stablemates, it’s arguably the best value in the Ducati lineup. The Monster Plus comes standard with a fly screen and seat cowl. (Ducati/)Overview Miguel Galluzzi’s original Ducati Monster was as significant to Ducati’s future trajectory as its championship-winning superbikes. In close to 30 years, Ducati has sold more than 350,000 Monsters. While continually evolving over time, there’s never been a change as dramatic as the 2021 model refresh; in Borgo Panigale, as the superbike goes, so goes the rest of the lineup. As such, gone are the Monster’s phenotypic traits, like the trellis frame and single-sided swingarm. Some may see the technical changes as iconoclasm, but the Monster is a lighter, faster, and more modern motorcycle because of them. For decades, the Monster lineup comprised motorcycles of various displacements and trim levels to suit rider experience and budgets. Until the addition of 2023′s SP variant, the new Monster had to be a one-size-fits-all Monster for the masses—and it pretty much was. Usurping the 821 and 1200 models in one fell swoop, the Monster uses the workhorse 937cc Testastretta 11° engine found in the SuperSport, Hypermotard, Multistrada V2, and DesertX. The engine map is tuned to be friendly and accessible, and the 366-pound claimed dry weight is matched with a 32.3-inch seat height and narrow waist to make the Monster approachable for a wide range of riders. With up-to-date electronic rider aids, intuitive handling, a reasonable price tag, and the best power-to-weight ratio of all the 937cc Testastretta 11°–powered motorcycles, the Monster is more than just an entryway into Ducati ownership. No wonder it was Ducati’s second-highest seller globally in 2022. Ducati describes the Monster’s design as essential. Neat lines, an engine, a seat, a fuel tank, and a handlebar. (Ducati/)Updates for 2023 For 2023, the Monster pLUS becomes the base model for the US market, and includes a fly screen and seat cowl. The big news is the addition of the Monster SP to the lineup. Pricing and Variants The Monster Plus starts at $12,995 for Ducati Red. It’s also available in Aviator Grey and Dark Stealth for $13,195. The new-for-’23 Monster SP ($15,595) ups the ante with a number of performance-oriented changes. To improve handling, the SP gets an Öhlins NIX 30 fork and Öhlins rear shock. It also comes with a steering damper, homologated Termignoni silencer, a lightweight lithium-ion battery, and reworked electronic settings. It also gets top-shelf Brembo Stylema calipers. Just in case passersby were to overlook the gold anodized fork or chunky calipers, the SP announces its presence with a bespoke “SP” livery reminiscent of the world championship-winning factory GP22 racebike. The Monster might be designed for the city, but it isn’t afraid of hitting the track. That is especially true of the SP model. (Ducati/)Competition The Monster may be a good value in Borgo Panigale-land, but compared to the competition, it’s no bargain. As a sign of the health of the category, most OEMs offer base and up-spec models, comparable to the Monster Plus and Monster SP. From Europe, there’s the KTM 790 Duke ($9,199) and 890 Duke R ($12,949), the Triumph Street Triple R ($9,995) and Street Triple RS ($12,595), and various trim levels of the BMW F 900 R (starting at $8,995). From Japan, the options include the Kawasaki Z900 ($9,399) and Z900 SE ($10,899), the Yamaha MT-09 ($9,799) and MT-09 SP ($11,499), and maybe even the Honda CB1000R Black Edition ($12,999). Each model is representative of its brand’s values: from the “Ready to Race” Duke to the well-equipped three-cylinder Street Triple and the I-can’t-belive-it-comes-with-Öhlins MT-09 SP. While these models definitely push back on being categorized as standards—some even tread on hyper-naked territory—the Monster seems less caught up with labels, confident in its own middle ground. All these bikes are the Monster’s direct competition, but not entirely naturally, it must be said. Next to the aggressive visages of some of them, the Monster’s not-quite-round headlight looks downright classic. Perhaps that’s telling. Regardless, the Monster is the only V-twin on the list and the only one with a tricolore sticker on the tailsection. Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance The Monster’s power delivery is linear, building progressively to a claimed peak output of 111 hp at 9,250 rpm and peak torque of 69 lb.-ft. at 6,500 rpm. Unlike the Hypermotard, which is indeed hyper, the Monster is civilized and approachable. It’s just as willing to be ridden around town as it is poised to be flogged down a mountain road. The Monster comes standard with an IMU-managed up/down quickshifter. The six-speed box is a bit notorious for getting false neutrals between sixth and fifth, but Ducati refined the transmission to alleviate the problem. The Monster’s new aluminum frame carries on the tradition of using Ducati’s superbike technology. (Ducati/)Chassis/Handling For 2021, Ducati gave the Monster a Panigale-style aluminum monocoque frame that saves 10 pounds. The rear subframe is made of glass fiber reinforced polymer, which saves an additional 4.2 pounds. In all, the Monster is 40 pounds lighter than its 821 predecessor. The result is agile handling that makes side-to-side transitions a breeze, and around-town maneuvering effortless. The base model has nonadjustable KYB suspension (except for preload in the rear), but performance is adequate for the average rider. SP models use a fully adjustable Öhlins NIX30 fork that’s 1.3 pounds lighter than the fork on the Monster Plus, and have a fully adjustable Öhlins shock out back. Higher-spec Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires are used, and the steering geometry is slightly more aggressive. SP models add Brembo Stylema brake calipers and fully Öhlins adjustable suspension. (Ducati/)Brakes The base-model Monster uses 320mm discs up front with Brembo M4.32 radial-mount calipers, and a radial-mount master cylinder. It’s a tried-and-true braking package that offers good feel and power. Harder braking forces squeezed from higher-performing components would quickly overwhelm the suspension. For demons on the brakes, the SP model’s Brembo Stylema and Öhlins suspension are very appealing. Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG There are currently no fuel mileage numbers available for the Monster. The Monster’s headlight: almost round. Styling changes may not be as immediately iconic as the original, but are more conventional than some of the competition. (Ducati/)Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility Compared to its predecessor, the Monster’s handlebar is 2.6 inches closer to the rider, and the footpegs are 1.4 inches farther back and 0.5 inch lower. The seat is comfortable for all-day blasts but the slope at the tank can lock the rider in place. The bike feels very compact yet the rider triangle is generous and accommodates riders of various body types. Navigating the Monster’s TFT dash is intuitive. (Ducati/)Electronics The Monster’s electronic rider aids include cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, and launch control, all of which are preset in each of the three ride modes (Sport, Touring, Urban). Ride mode settings are customizable. The Monster’s 4.3-inch TFT dash and left-hand switch gear make navigating the menus intuitive. LED lighting accentuates the bike’s modern styling. Warranty and Maintenance Coverage Ducati offers a 24-month factory warranty. Quality The Monster uses Ducati’s typical premium switchgear and components. Claimed Specs 2023 Ducati Monster Plus 2023 Ducati Monster SP MSRP: $12,995 $15,595 Engine: 937cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin; 8 valves 937cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin; 8 valves Bore x Stroke: 94.0 x 67.5mm 94.0 x 67.5mm Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain 6-speed/chain Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection w/ 53mm throttle bodies Electronic fuel injection w/ 53mm throttle bodies Clutch: Wet, multiplate slipper and self-servo; hydraulic actuation Wet, multiplate slipper and self-servo; hydraulic actuation Engine Management/Ignition: Ride-by-wire/TCI Ride-by-wire/TCI Frame: Aluminum Aluminum Front Suspension: 43mm Kayaba, nonadjustable; 5.1 in. travel 43mm Öhlins, fully adjustable; 5.5 in. travel Rear Suspension: Kayaba monoshock, preload adjustable; 5.5 in. travel Öhlins monoshock, fully adjustable; 5.9 in. travel Front Brake: Radially mounted Brembo M4.32 4-piston calipers, dual 320mm semi-floating discs w/ Cornering ABS Radially mounted Brembo Stylema calipers, dual 320mm semi-floating discs w/ Cornering ABS Rear Brake: Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, 245mm disc w/ Cornering ABS Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, 245mm disc w/ Cornering ABS Wheels, Front/Rear: Light alloy cast; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5.5 in. Light alloy cast; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5.5 in. Tires, Front/Rear: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III; 120/70ZR-17 / 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV; 120/70ZR-17 / 180/55ZR-17 Rake/Trail: 24.0°/3.7 in. 23.0°/3.4 in. Wheelbase: 58.0 in. 57.9 in. Seat Height: 32.3 in. 33.1 in. Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal. 3.7 gal. Wet Weight: 414 lb. 410 lb. Contact: ducati.com ducati.com Source
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  5. He's very good and has great recall. I call him Odus and he comes. As my daughter says: "I think you will find he is a very good boy"
  6. Hola amigo, got out early, good idea.
  7. I'm pretty sure he is not gay.
  8. Just to add confusion, I’m not submitting this but if you want to take that gay guy with the Triumph out of the banner:
  9. This is the one I ‘m submitting, Pete
  10. I’ll ride over tomorrow and visit @Sofia for a couple of days. I bet all the cute puppies will be replaced with feral insane cats from hell during that time!
  11. Confusion is my middle name
  12. @Pedro......can you delete the pics that are not being entered? Just to avoid confusion.
  13. To get this thread back on topic, even if hopelessly...
  14. And today we had 4.2 kgs of cuteness!!
  15. bmw coupe sport and a c max.
  16. They have the heart of a big dog, in a small body!
  17. just went back and looked , he thought he was going to get away with ..what a twat
  18. I already proved it's inadmissible!
  19. this is a lie i reckon ... proof needed
  20. I can only see the carpet!! Are you in the Cesar in Las Vegas????
  21. shortage of electrical chips , fire in a factory somewhere , that was a couple of years ago, so they cant build as many new cars , so people aren't part exchanging their used cars , so there is a shortage and pushed prices up, i did manage to buy a couple today .
  22. There might be something to say about new cars being mostly shit at the same time new drivers and young kids don’t like cars anymore.
  23. Does it matter the month?? You always get THE winner picture!! But its very sportsman like to offer this, true, decent stuff.
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