The arrival of the S2R 1000 revolutionised the range. The event saw the departure of the two previous models in this engine size, and the dual-spark L-Twin powerplant is installed in a Monster that benefits with grit and personality. For this Monster, Ducati developed an advanced version of the chassis, designed to enhance the sports performance of a truly superb engine.
The main style elements are taken directly from the SR versions, starting from the racing stripe, which has become a hallmark feature of the entire SR Monster family. In the case of the S2R 1000, a brand new colour scheme has been introduced, with grey paintwork and black stripe and black wheels, joining the classic red or black versions, both of which feature a white racing stripe. In addition to the specific colour scheme, the new Monster version features another distinctive element in its carbon fibre side panels. But in a bike that combines bare essential style with a host of exclusive details, many components have become responsible for the overall aesthetic appeal of the machine. This category inevitably includes the twin vertically stacked silencers that emerge from the right-hand side of the bike and the beautiful single-sided swingarm in an aluminium tubular structure that characterises all SR Monster machines.
The S2R 1000 Monster allows the rider to get the most from the power and flexibility of the twin-cylinder two-valve engine thanks also to a chassis designed specifically to maximise rideability and safety. In this context, a series of components have been used on the basic set-up shared by all models in the `single-sided swingarm' family. With respect to the 800cc version, the 1000 features a more powerful braking system: a pair of 320mm discs on the front, with four-piston calipers and a PSC master cylinder with separate reservoir, and a 245mm disc with two-piston caliper on the rear. The Showa upside-down forks with full adjustment of preload and damping is also tailored for this specific version of the Monster, while the rear monoshock is made by Sachs and is of the same type installed on the 800cc model. Fully adjustable handlebar levers enable a lever-reach to suit all riders.
The L-Twin engine of the S2R 1000 is the same powerplant used on the SportClassic family. The 95hp dual spark engine has been given a series of important updates that make it even more flexible and generous in all riding conditions. For this engine the twin exhausts features a specific layout designed to emphasise the already superb torque output readily available from surprisingly low revs. Also, the manual choke of the earlier versions has been replaced by an automatic valve designed to make cold starts even faster, even in the coldest of climates. The air-cooled Desmo engine has been integrated with a series of solutions to keep exhaust emissions to incredibly low levels. Thanks to these new exhaust features, the S2R 1000 has been the first Monster machine to obtain Euro 3 homologation. Another record for an engine that has been widely acclaimed for its characteristics of flexibility and extended power delivery, which adapts effortlessly to all riding styles, mastering the road on unhurried cruises or turning heads with gut-wrenching bursts of acceleration.