Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) maintained its steady momentum with the second half of 2014 looming with the launch of its most performance-oriented Ducati Monster variant yet – the 1200 at an event held today at Monkey Garage Café, Bangsar.
Present at the event were En Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels & Four Wheels Division and Mr. CW Juan, General Manager of Next Bike Sdn Bhd.
“The latest incarnation of the ever iconic Ducati Monster is a very important model to Ducati and Next Bike Sdn Bhd. To date, many have found homes in Malaysia. We aim to sell 100 – 120 units of this Monster 1200 family in 2014,” said Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Group of Companies.
“The biking community here is strong and very supportive towards the brand and this particular model, something we arevery appreciative of. We are aware that there are still enthusiasts who want something more serious which is why we have decided to bring in the Monster 1200,”furthered Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal.
“We hope that the introduction of the Monster 1200 leads to a stronger bond between Ducati Malaysia and Ducatistis in the country. This new bike will definitely strengthen the Ducati brand here but its successful introduction gives us no reason to rest on our laurels. We are committed to delivering more exciting models in the future of which one would be coming next month on top of ensuring that the ownership satisfaction of our customers is not just maintained, but enhanced over time,” Datuk Wira HJ SM Faisal added.
Despite being a thoroughly more serious track machine than other models in the Monster range, the family DNA is still evident in the Monster 1200. The naked performance bike features the model’s signature Trellis frame, ensuring that onlookers make no mistake of the bike’s identity.
Tucked behind the sculpted 17.5-litre fuel tank is a new seat which is height-adjustable – a first for Ducati. The seating height can be set from a standard 810mm to a low-riding 745mm, Ducati’s lowest seat height ever. In all, the Ducati Monster 1200 weighs just 182kg.
As its name suggests, the Monster 1200 is powered by Ducati’s renowned 1198cc Testastretta 11° Dual Spark ignition (DS) engine. This liquid-cooled power plant which is derived from the legendary 1198 Superbike puts out a staggering 135hp at 8,750rpm and 87lb-ft (118Nm) of torque at 7,250rpm in the 1200.
Power delivery is via a Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system supplied by Mikuni. This electronic system uses Ducati’s innovative e-Grip throttle and works in varying degrees with the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system, which comes standard in the 1200, to provide three distinct riding modes, namely Sport, Touring and Urban.
The different riding modes work in tandem with the Monster 1200’s suspension for optimum levels of performance and stability. Fully-adjustable 43mm Kayaba forks provide damping up front while the rear suspension is made up of a single Sachs unit with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.
The Monster 1200 is equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) made up of a three-level ABS system and eight-level DTC. The ABS system’s effectiveness is boosted by radially-mounted Brembo four-piston Monobloc callipers gripping massive 320mm discs which provide the stopping power to match the engine’s massive output.
Ducati Malaysia offers major service and valve clearance checks at 30,000km intervals. The Monster 1200 is available in two colors – Star White and Ducati Red. It is competitively priced at RM106,888 while the top of the line 1200S is priced at RM119,888 (on the road without insurance and registration).