The Bike That Saved Ducati

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2002

Fuel injection for all with the new 620ie, plus the ST4 frame became universal.

But even with sales still strong, Bologna realized the Monster had grown too long in tooth. In 2002 work began on a replacement, which had to be one of the toughest assignments in the company.

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2003

New Dual Spark engines arrived for the Monster 800DS and 1000DS.

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2004

The S4R replaced the S4, using the full 996cc desmoquattro engine. Yee haw!

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2005

An S2R version was offered, combining the rear suspension and exhaust of the premium S4R with the 800DS air-cooled, desmodue engine.

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2006

Ducati built an S2R with the 1000cc DS engine. Better, though, is the S4RS, with the 998cc Testastretta engine.

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2007

Ducati released the Monster 695 and turned out a limited-edition S4RS with superbike-spec suspension.

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2008

The 696 was the first new Monster in 15 years. Bigger Ms carry over.

405 are the Number of Monsters gathered on Sept. 21, 2008, in Hamme-Moerzeke, Belgium, breaking the Guinness Record for the “largest parade of motorcycles of the same brand and type.”

“Changing the Monster was difficult,” says Andrea Ferraresi, who was head of Ducati’s design center for the Monster’s first major rework that debuted for the 2008 model year. “We modified the bike quite a lot over the years, but were careful not to lose sight of what the Monster was supposed to be.”

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2009

Changeover complete with the Monster 1100.

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19-2010

The M1100S gets upgraded suspension.

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2011

The Monster 795 and 1100 Evo arrived with single-sided swingarms.

It remains potent—especially in 1100 Evo form—and charismatic, with a prominent intake honk and just enough mechanical presence so you’d never mistake it for a Honda.