In recent years the full trellis frame has been whittled down to a shorter frame attached to the cylinder head with a separate subframe.
Now that it has totally ditched the trellis frame, some Ducatisti say it is no longer a true Monster.
The other missing iconic ingredient is the L-twin shape defined by a protruding forward cylinder and the “L” cam covers.
It seems the designers have done all they could to turn the motor into a formless mass of black metal.
And with its sharp edges and origami styling, it now looks more like many Japanese naked bikes, particularly the popular Yamaha MT models.
If you are really kind, you could say it looks like the MV Agusta Brutale 800 (although it retains a trelllis frame).
I can understand the need to meet tough new emissions and economy targets without jeopardising performance, but when they take away iconic design elements and make it look like many other naked bikes, it loses its identity and its appeal.
I would still love to ride the new Monster, but as the above FB admin says, this is a bike that is as much about style as it is function.
Let’s hope that when it comes to updating the Monster 1200, Ducati retains their iconic design elements.
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