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The reduction in overall weight is a claimed 4.4 pounds running order.
The reduction in overall weight is a claimed 4.4 pounds running order. (Jamie Morris/)

A lot has happened in the 30 years since Ducati launched its iconic Monster naked bike. In a time when we weren’t super-glued to our cellphones, struggling Italian manufacturer Ducati came up with the idea of producing a simple air-cooled L-twin featuring a trellis frame and beautifully designed fuel tank—and not much else.

Now just 366 pounds dry, means the SP feels a little livelier than the standard Monster.
Now just 366 pounds dry, means the SP feels a little livelier than the standard Monster. (Jamie Morris/)

Editor’s note: Get up to speed on the major technical improvements of the Monster in the 2021 Ducati Monster First Look Preview article. Also read and watch the 2021 Ducati Monster MC Commute Review and 2021 Ducati Monster Review for in-depth reviews of this streetbike.

Despite the addition of the Termignoni silencer, power and torque remain the same as the standard Monster.
Despite the addition of the Termignoni silencer, power and torque remain the same as the standard Monster. (Jamie Morris/)

This agile and minimalist Ducati was in many ways a parts-bin special, produced from Ducati stock cluttering up the storeroom shelves—but it worked. Thankfully for Ducati its sales success helped sustain the company through some difficult financial times. When Carl Fogarty won the World Superbike Championship on the exciting new 916, it was Monster sales that funded his campaign. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Quoted power is 111 hp at 9,250 rpm, 69 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,500 rpm from the 937cc Testastretta liquid-cooled V-twin.
Quoted power is 111 hp at 9,250 rpm, 69 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,500 rpm from the 937cc Testastretta liquid-cooled V-twin. (Jamie Morris/)

Over the decades, Monsters were churned out in many shapes and sizes, packing out the Ducati range and gaining a global following. Currently, though, the Bologna factory produces just one Monster, an entry-level naked that was launched in 2021 and uses the 111 hp, 937cc Testastretta L-twin. Correction: Make that two Monsters now, because Ducati has just released the much-anticipated Monster SP.

Öhlins fork, which is 1.3 pounds lighter, and new aluminum flanges for the 320mm brake discs (1.1 pounds lighter) as well as the lighter lithium-ion battery all help reduce weight.
Öhlins fork, which is 1.3 pounds lighter, and new aluminum flanges for the 320mm brake discs (1.1 pounds lighter) as well as the lighter lithium-ion battery all help reduce weight. (Jamie Morris/)

The base-model Monster seems made for the SP treatment, and you won’t be surprised to learn that that comprises of Öhlins suspension at both ends, higher-spec Brembo Stylema brakes, a weight reduction (due mainly to a lighter lithium-ion battery and road-legal Termignoni silencer), plus a few sporty tweaks such as new steering damper and a move from Pirelli Diablo Rosso III rubber to Rosso IV. There’s also exclusive styling, including a small fly screen and an attractive SP-only livery. Unlike many Ducati SPs, the Monster doesn’t get lighter wheels.

New nonadjustable steering damper, which doesn’t feature on the standard Monster.
New nonadjustable steering damper, which doesn’t feature on the standard Monster. (Jamie Morris/)

Power and torque figures are unchanged from the standard Monster, meaning the SP’s 111 hp peak is nearly 20 hp down on its Triumph Street Triple RS

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By: Adam Child
Title: 2023 Ducati Monster SP First Ride Review
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/ducati-monster-sp-first-ride-review-2023/
Published Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2023 10:00:01 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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