Merriam-Webster’s definition (one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character) fits Ducati’s Monster as well as any and better than most. But you won’t find a Monster more worthy of that name than the 118-horsepower, Öhlins-suspended, blood-red ’07 S4Rs, which is a very good thing.
This new maximum Monster’s ergonomics still take some getting used to. But there’s a lot more of everything else–more horsepower, for sure, with the suspension and Brembo brakes to back it up. Think of it as a more powerful version of the magic formula that pumped upward of 170,000 Monsters through the factory gates during the past 13 years. One look tells you that much. Look again and you’ll see the Borgo Panigale brain trust has turned up the volume in all the right places, borrowing a few magic words from the Superbike department: Testastretta. Öhlins. Brembo. Marchesini. Presto! Instant S4Rs.
The 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS on offer here, hails from its very first owner, a California collector of Ducatis and other exotic two-wheeled machinery. Meticulously maintained, serviced and stored, the bike having covered a mere 4,824 miles from new and is offered in truly excellent condition throughout. Accident-free, the bike is accompanied by a file of service records, including various oil changes, services and warranty claims for the obligatory replacement tank and mirrors.
The bike is in as good a mechanical condition as its appearance would suggest. Starting easily and with lots of Ducati stonk, the bike rides perfectly and handles and brakes as well as Öhlins and Brembo will allow.
Sold on a clean, clear California title.