Motorcycle Reviews

2006 Ducati S2R1000 Monster

Written by  May 31, 2006

When we discussed the next bike to review I already had my eye on Ducati’s new S2R 1000 LeMonster, so I contacted none other than Leigh Letellier at Letko Cycles to see if he would be interested in having us do a review on one of his incredible Italian-made bikes.

Ducati offers the S2R 1000 for an affordable MSRP of only $10,995 and comes equipped with some of the highest quality components available on the market today. From the frame to the chain they do not cut corners and prior to this test ride I spent some time looking at the unique styling and paint options.

On start up this motorcycle is all Ducati with a quick revving engine and throaty exhaust. I had not ridden a Ducati since 2002; however, what remains constant and fresh in my mind is the way the Ducati sounds. Since this model is up against several of the metric twins that have made the top 10 list in 2006, I was really looking forward to seeing how this bike would handle. The total dry weight of this bike is a mere 392 pounds with a single-sided swing arm and Marelli electronic fuel injection, whose 45mm throttle bodies works well together providing no hesitation from idle to redline.

Below are the specs on the 2006 Ducati S2R 1000 Monster:

CHASSIS
FRAME: Tubular steel trellis

WHEELBASE: 56.7 in

RAKE: 24°

FRONT SUSPENSION: Showa 43 mm upside-down fully adjustable fork

FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL: 5.1 in

FRONT BRAKE: 2 x 320 mm discs, 4-piston caliper

FRONT WHEEL: 5-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 17

FRONT TIRE: 120/70 ZR 17

REAR SUSPENSION: Progressive linkage with preload and rebound adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm

REAR WHEEL TRAVEL: 5.8 in

REAR BRAKE: 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper

REAR WHEEL: 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17

REAR TIRE: 180/55 ZR 17

FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 3.6 US gal (includes 0.8 US gal reserve)

WEIGHT: 392 lbs

SEAT HEIGHT: 31.5 in

INSTRUMENTS: Electronic panel: speedometer, rev counter, neutral light, oil pressure warning light, low fuel warning light, high beam indicator, turn signals, immobilizer system, LCD clock

WARRANTY: 2 years unlimited mileage

COLOR COMBINATIONS (TANK-FRAME-WHEELS): (red with white stripe-red-white) (black with white stripe-matte black-black) (grey with black stripe-matte black-black)

VERSIONS: Dual seat * = The weight excludes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.

ENGINE
TYPE: L-twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder Desmodromic; air cooled

DISPLACEMENT: 992 cc BORE X STROKE 94 x 71.5 mm

COMPRESSION RATIO: 10:1 POWER* - 95 hp @ 8000 rpm TORQUE* 69.4 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm

FUEL INJECTION: Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body

EXHAUST: 2 aluminium mufflers

EMISSIONS: Euro3

TRANSMISSION
GEARBOX: 6-speed

RATIOS: 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 24/28

PRIMARY DRIVE: Straight cut gears; ratio 1.84

FINAL DRIVE: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41

CLUTCH: Dry multiplate with hydraulic control

RIDER SUMMARY:
This bike is a great value and a blast to ride! The fuel tank pivots to gain access to the air cleaner element and the throttle bodies for synchronization. The 43 mm inverted front forks are very stable and handle wheelie impacts like a true champion.
The mirrors and foot pegs have little to no vibration at all rpm ranges, which is a big plus while revving the motor.

This motorcycle not only looks good but the all-around performance of this engine is fantastic and likes to be ridden hard. The transmission shifts extremely easy and I never had any mis-shifts through all gears. The clutch and transmission are excellent for normal riding conditions as well as the race track.

The Rear Sachs suspension handled as expected under hard corners and never came close to bottoming out while traversing railroad tracks and small potholes. The combination of inverted forks, mono shock and single-sided swing arm is the right choice.

The swingarm design not only reduces the overall weight of the motorcycle, but also enables you to change the rear wheel in just seconds, which is very important at the race track. Between the power and suspension, it comes as no surprise that this model can be made ready for the racetrack with only a few minor modifications. Along with incredible performance, the S2R 1000 also looks great and is guaranteed to draw attention everywhere you go.

There are a lot of new 1000cc class motorcycles on the market today, and although Ducati has cut no corners with this model, it is priced very competitively. So if you are in the market for a great sportbike, make sure to stop by Letko Cycles and check out the new 2006 Ducati S2R 1000 Monster. I guarantee you will not disappointed!

I want to thank Leigh Letellier-Manager, Jim Koenig-Sales, Mario Arter –Tech Service and the rest of the crew at Letko Cycles for all their help and for allowing us to run this incredible bike though its paces.

Keep up the great job guys!

B-safe out there!

Review by Dave Miller

Photos by Stripe and Mike Schweder