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Intermot 2012: Ducati Monster Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Ducati marked the 20th anniversary of its air-cooled naked Monster line at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, the exact site where the M900 was first unveiled back in 1992. For 2013, Ducati is offering an anniversary edition version with bronze-colored highlights reminiscent of the original M900.
Available for the Monster 696, 796 and 1100 EVO, the 20th Anniversary Edition adds a steel trellis bronze frame, gold brake components, champagne front forks, gray swignarm, engine outer casings and lower triple clamp and chrome headlamp support. Other features include ’90s-styled mirrors and seat fabric and retro font on the tanks and seat covers. The Monster lineup is otherwise unchanged from 2012, except for new color options.
The 696 is the entry-level model, with Ducati claiming a power output of 78.9 hp at 9000 rpm and 50.6 ft-lb. at 7750 rpm, and a wet weight of 408 pounds. Beside the anniversary version, Ducati will offer the Monster 696 in Dark Stealth or Stone White.
The 796 is a step up, with a single-sided swingarm, and a claimed output of 85.8 hp at 8250 rpm and 58 ft-lb. at 6250 rpm with Ducati claiming a wet weight of 412 pounds.The Monster 796 will be available in Arctic White Silk or Diamond Black Silk as well as the 20th Anniversary version.
The 1100 EVO tops the Monster line, claiming 98.6 hp at 7500 rpm and 76 ft-lb. at 6000 rpm, single-sided swingarm and side-mounted dual exhausts. The 1100 EVO will be available in red with a white stripe, black with a gray stripe and the special matte green Diesel edition.
The 696 and 796 models will be available with or without ABS. The 1100 EVO will only be offered with ABS as well as traction control and the Ducati Data Analyzer system.