As the bike that saved Ducati, back in the 1990s, the Ducati Monster has always been special to the boys from Bologna and what better way to honour it that the 2018 Ducati Monster 1200 25th Anniversary? Since its launch in 1992, the Monster has gone through several iterations and engine capacities, with the latest, the Monster 1200 25th Anniversary, being produced in a limited production run of 500 units.
Carrying the same Testastretta 11 DS 1,198 cc engine as the current model Monster 1200, the 25th Anniversary Monster produces 147 hp at 9,250 rpm and 124 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm. However, in keeping with the special nature of this beast, this Monster comes with an upgraded specifications package.
Most obvious is the Italian Tri-Colore emblazoned on the front cowl, tank and rear seat cowl, taking its inspiration from the Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore from 2008. Embroidered on the seat itself is the 25th Anniversary logo and carbon-fibre is used for the front and rear mudguards.
Complementing the colours of the Italian flag are the Ducati trellis frame and Marchesini forged wheels painted in gold. Machined billet aluminium is used for the mirrors, frame plugs, handlebar end weights and the petrol cap, while the single-sided swingarm is aluminium, as are the articulated brake and clutch levers.
Brembo does the braking for the Monster 1200 25th Anniversary with M50 Monobloc callipers grabbing 320 mm floating discs on the front wheel and a 245 mm single disc at the back. Suspension uses Ohlins throughout, with a 48 mm fully-adjustable fork and monoshock, as well as a steering damper.
A full suite of riding is supplied, including Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Bosch cornering ABS and Ducati Quick Shift Up and Down (DQS) for clutchless up and down gear shifts. The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario will be available in Europe from September, from October in Japan, from November in the United States and from December in Australia but orders can be placed now at all authorised Ducati dealers.