The Monster line is going back to liquid cooling. Not since 2008 when Ducati was still making the 999 powered Monster S4RS has the Monster line been powered by a liquid cooled motor. And as potent as the S4RS was in it's day, it's 130 horses on tap won't hold a candle to the KTM 1290 Super Dukes and Aprilia Tuono V4s of today.
While the new Monster 1200 will only provide a 5 horsepower increase from the S4RS, it still makes for a 30 HP bump from the aircooled Monster 1100.
That's still a far cry from the 180HP available from the upcoming KTM 1290 Super Duke and even the 170HP from the Aprilia Tuono V4. And while the new Super Duke will feature an astounding 106 lb-ft of torque, the new Monster 1200 will 'only' have 86.8 ft-lbs of torque on tap.
Specs- wise, what it does have going for it against KTM and Aprilia's new naked bike offerings is a much lighter weight. With the KTM coming in with a dry weight of 417 lbs and the Aprilia with it's 408 pounds of dry weight, the Ducati Monster should undercut them at 401 lbs.
Helping with to keep the weight down is the frame configuration which borrows from the Ducati 1199 Pingale's 'frameless' design. Instead of the combined airbox/frame the Monster retains its iconic trellis frame and bolts it directly to the motor's front cylinder head with the subframe Eiffel Towering the rear of the bike and bolting directly to the rear cylinder head.
So far, 2014 is looking like an awesome year for fans of powerful naked bikes.