Additional photos of this Ducati Monster S4RS are available here for your perusal.
First unveiled at the 1992 Cologne Motorcycle Show, the Ducati M900 Monster was the “original naked bike”. The wildly successful parts-bin special was penned by Miguel Galluzzi and quickly became one of the Bologna firm’s best-selling models, accounting for more than half of all of Ducati’s sales within a decade of its release.
As Ducati’s superbikes evolved, so too did the Monster lineup. But by the middle-aughts, the Italian marque was facing increasingly fierce competition from fellow European manufacturers like Triumph and KTM. So in 2006, Ducati shoehorned the powertrain from its 998 superbike into the Monster. Two years later, Ducati one-upped itself, this time delivering what was essentially a naked version of its World Superbike Championship-winning 999 model.
Dubbed the S4RS, the naked was powered by Ducati’s Testastretta 998cc engine. The water-cooled narrow-head motor featured Marelli FI with competition-derived 12-hole injectors and an auxiliary oil cooler. The race-bred L-Twin redlined at 10,500 rpm, putting down 130 hp at 9,500rpm and 77 ft-lbs of torque at 7,500rpm. Despite being housed in Ducati’s trademark tubular trellis frame, the company’s designers did a stellar job of hiding the model’s slew of wiring and sensors so they could highlight the crown jewel of the bike: the engine. The 390lb (177kg) S4R S also boasted an array of competition-grade componentry, much of it borrowed from the R-spec 999. 43mm inverted Öhlins forks with low-friction titanium nitride coating, Öhlins monoshock, aluminum single-sided swing-arm, four-pot Brembo P34 brakes with dual 320mm discs, and forged ten-arm alloy Marchesini rims were all standard fare on the hopped-up naked.
Manufactured in April of 2006, this example is VIN: ZDM1RB5TX7B089040. The seller acquired it five years ago.
He has not ridden it at all. The odometer shows 110 miles.
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us install a new battery.
Tank protector (please note that it is peeling on both sides).
The seller notes that the tank has the common “swollen tank” problem. Inside of the tank:
1/21 Update: a bidder asked us to see if there were any external signs of the tank swelling. During this, we noted a very tiny mark that we previously missed on the left side of the tank, presumably from the handlebar making contact with it.
There is a little bit of clearance when the bar is turned all the way to the left at a rest.
It is riding on the original Michelin Pilot Power tires with date codes of 0506 and 0806.
The sale includes three keys, the code card, Desmo Owners Club booklet, World Dealer Guide, and Owner’s Manual.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Ducati is offered on a clean New York title. Have any Monster stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!