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Ducati announces new Monster models

Ducati North America announced the latest additions to its iconic Monster line of naked sport bikes, the Monster 1100 and 1100 S models.

Compared to their predecessors, these new models have been pared down. The Monster 1100 weighs only 371 pounds (369 pounds for the S version), making it the lightest bike in its category.

With its single-sided aluminum swingarm, high-spec componentry, race-oriented chassis and 15 years of evolution, the 1100 now takes its place at the head of the Monster family.

The Monster 1100 S features fully adjustable 43mm titanium nitride coated Ohlins forks and progressive Ohlins rear shock absorber with adjustable pre-load and return damping. Carbon fiber cam belt covers, silencer guards and front fender reduce weight by a further 2.2 pounds.

Both versions of the new Monster 1100 come with removable single seat covers and neat micro-bikini fairings and are powered by the two-valve 1100cc Desmodromic twin-cylinder engine that boasts 95hp at 7500rpm.

The first U.S. appearance for the Monster 1100 will be at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Phoenix on Oct. 31.

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