Introduced in 1992, the Ducati M900 – which became more commonly known as the Ducati Monster – is the bike that many consider to be the establishing shot of the naked bike story.
The Monster has seen numerous iterations over the years, and Ducati says its newest addition to the lineup, the Ducati Monster SP, is “designed to enhance fun, thanks to technical equipment perfect for those who love sporty riding and embellish style with the Moto GP-inspired livery.”
The Monster SP shares the same 937cc 90-degree V-Twin with 11 degrees of valve overlap as its stablemates, the Monster and Monster Plus, with all three claiming 111 hp at 9,250 rpm and 69 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. The Monster SP also shares the throttle-by-wire system, a 6-speed gearbox with a quickshifter, and an assist/slip clutch.
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Also standard is Ducati Power Launch, traction control, wheelie control, and cornering ABS. Stopping power for the Monster SP has been upgraded up front to Brembo Stylema monoblock 4-piston calipers on two 320mm semi-floating discs. Braking in the rear comes from a 245mm disc and a Brembo 2-piston floating caliper. While the existing Monster models feature Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, the Monster SP wheels are shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso IVs.
The 2023 Ducati Monster SP also adds on Öhlins NIX30 fork and Termignoni homologated silencer, steering damper, dynamic turn indicators, and a lithium-ion battery. The curb weight of the Monster SP also comes in at 410 lb, 4 pounds lighter than its stablemates. The SP also offers a slightly higher seat option, with the high seat accessory raising the height to 33.5 inches, as compared to the 32.3-inch top height of the Monster and Monster Plus.
The 2023 Ducati Monster SP starts at $15,595 and takes the 2022 colors of the official team’s Desmosedici GP.
For more information, visit the Ducati website.