Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Vs. Triumph Speed Triple | Tough Love

From Europe with Attitude!

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO | $11,995

Ergos
The Monster strikes a balance between sporting capability and comfort with plenty of legroom, a relaxed reach to the bars and a tiny-yet-functional windscreen, welcoming riders up to 6 feet tall.





Dyno
The V-twin doesn’t hold a candle to the triple, but does well for an air-cooled, four-valve engine. There’s not a lot going on below 3000 rpm, but power hits hard above that. Redline is 8500 rpm.

Tech Spec

Engine type: a-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train: SOHC, 4v desmodromic
Displacement: 1079cc
Bore x stroke: 98.0 x 71.5mm
Compression: 11.3:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Steel trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm
Front suspension: Marzocchi 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston radial calipers, 320mm discs with ABS
Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc with ABS
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rake/trail: 24.0º/3.8 in.
Seat height: 31.9 in.
Wheelbase: 57.0 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.6 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 418/440 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 83.3 bhp @ 7700 rpm
Measured torque: 65.2 lb.-ft. @ 5800 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.94 sec. @ 119.42 mph
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 48/32/40 mpg
Colors: Red/white, black/silver
Available: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Ducati North America
10443 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.253.0499
www.ducati.com


2011 Triumph Speed Triple | $11,999

Ergos
The 2011 bike’s tighter ergos create a better sense of control, but the seat-to-peg distance is a bit too tight. That high stance gives riders a better vantage point, but your torso acts as a sail at speed.





Dyno
The big triple’s horsepower and torque curves look like they've been scribed with a straightedge. Torque is abundant from idle on up, and horsepower rises linearly all the way to redline.

Tech Spec

Engine type: l-c inline-triple
Valve train: DOHC, 12v
Displacement: 1050cc
Bore x stroke:  79.0 x 71.4mm
Compression: 12.0:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: Showa 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 255mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Racetech Interact
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Metzeler Racetech Interact
Rake/trail: 22.8º/3.6 in.
Seat height: 32.5 in.
Wheelbase: 56.5 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.6 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 472/447 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 118.0 bhp @ 9200 rpm
Measured torque: 73.7 lb.-ft. @ 7700 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.51 sec. @ 130.07 mph
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 51/28/40 mpg
Colors: White, black, red
Availability: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Triumph Motorcycles of America
385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr.
Newnan, GA 30265
678.854.2010
www.triumphmotorcycles.com

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