The S2R might not have explosive acceleration, but it copes with high speeds better than many naked bikes. Its 803cc motor is smooth throughout the rev range, and the bikini fairing diverts a good chunk of breeze. Heading back to Monte Carlo on the autoroute, the S2R cruised effortlessly at 100 mph, with its top speed right around 135 mph.Chassis performance is well-matched to the engine. The traditional steel trellis frame is almost identical to the Monster 800's. The gorgeous aluminum single-sided swingarm, borrowed from the S4R, saves a couple pounds of weight over the old twin-sider and is equally rigid. The wide aluminum Magura handlebar--another S4R carryover, though it's omitted on the Dark model--gives plenty of leverage, and the Ducati can be flicked around quite easily. At a claimed 380.6 pounds dry it's a respectably light machine, which helps. But despite that and its nominally steep geometry (rake is 24 degrees), handling at normal speeds is stable and very neutral rather than super-agile. That will doubtless be just fine for the riders at whom this bike is aimed.