2020 Ducati Monster 1200 S First Look Preview

This Monster is now available in black on black.

Ducati has just announced the latest color options for the 2020 Monster 1200 S. It will be offered in a new Black on Black version as well as the traditional Ducati Red. The Monster series has been a huge hit for Ducati ever since it was introduced back in 1993. These days the original "naked bike" has evolved into a complete line-up with no less than six options for beginners and hard-core riders alike. The Monster family includes the entry-level and still air-cooled 797. Water-cooled versions include the 821 as well as the high-performance 1200 S and 1200 R.

The 2020 Monster 1200 S is unchanged for this year but it will be offered in the all-new Black on Black colorway.
The 2020 Monster 1200 S is unchanged for this year but it will be offered in the all-new Black on Black colorway.Ducati

The 1200 S is the manufacturer's top-shelf version that showcases its trick hardware and software which includes the latest Testastretta 11° engine, slipper clutch, ride-by-wire throttle, ABS, ABS Cornering, Traction Control, Wheelie Control, Öhlins suspension, Brembo M50 brakes, and of course a healthy dose of sex appeal from the bodywork and chassis. The Monster S oozes class whether it's moving or sitting still.

The Monster 1200 S is capable on the track thanks to the up-spec suspension and brakes, high-horsepower engine, and aggressive ergos.
The Monster 1200 S is capable on the track thanks to the up-spec suspension and brakes, high-horsepower engine, and aggressive ergos.Ducati

The bike was updated in 2017 so there was not a lot of need to dig into the model this year, but you can be sure it still offers up the type of thrill ride that only a Monster provides. You might be interested in reading our 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S First Ride for some insight from Zack after he rode it at the official press introduction. We liked the 1200 S back then and we are sure we'll like this one too.

One of the most important design aspects of the Monster 1200 S is the single-sided swingarm.
One of the most important design aspects of the Monster 1200 S is the single-sided swingarm.Ducati

2020 Ducati Monster 1200 S Specifications

PRICE $17,795
ENGINE 1,198cc, liquid-cooled Testastretta 11° Dual Spark
BORE x STROKE 106.0 x 67.9mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 13.0:1
FUEL DELIVERY Electronic fuel injection, 56mm oval throttle bodies
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 147 hp @ 9,250 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 91 lb.-ft. @ 7,750 rpm
CLUTCH Multiplate clutch/slipper type
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Tubular-steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION Öhlins 48mm fork adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.1-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Öhlins shock adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.9-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Brembo 4-piston calipers, 330mm discs w/ Bosch ABS
REAR BRAKE Brembo 2-piston caliper, 245mm disc w/ Bosch ABS
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Pirelli Diablo Rosso III; 120/70-17 / 190/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 23.3°/3.4 in.
WHEELBASE 58.5 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 31.3/32.3 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.4 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 465 lb.
WARRANTY 2 years, unlimited mileage
AVAILABLE September
CONTACT ducati.com
When you see a Monster 1200 S from this view, you may have just been high-sided off of it. At least it looks really good from above!
When you see a Monster 1200 S from this view, you may have just been high-sided off of it. At least it looks really good from above!Ducati
The 2020 Monster 1200 S comes equipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires.
The 2020 Monster 1200 S comes equipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires.Ducati
The Black on Black version of the 2020 Monster 1200 S gives riders a more elegant option.
The Black on Black version of the 2020 Monster 1200 S gives riders a more elegant option.Ducati
The Monster 1200 S will still be available in the traditional Ducati Red colorway.
The Monster 1200 S will still be available in the traditional Ducati Red colorway.Ducati
Over the years the Monster 1200 S has become an iconic model for Ducati.
Over the years the Monster 1200 S has become an iconic model for Ducati.Ducati