All of the changes that make the 1200R what it is yield a positive outcome in terms of performance and fun. More cornering clearance is a big plus, the higher seat improves the riding position, the new footpeg layout allows greater range of movement, the mini fairing and reshaped tail look great, and who doesn’t like more power? None of the changes should impact the bike’s practicality, but we haven’t actually ridden it on the street yet. The only obvious downside is the price. The 1200R is $18,695 in red and $18,895 in black. That’s nearly $3,000 more than the 1200S, and that price slingshots this newest Monster past every other bike in the big-bore naked-bike class. That includes the current class leaders, the wickedly powerful $16,999 KTM Super Duke R and the ridiculously fast and ultra refined $14,950 BMW S1000R.