I will never forget the day a good friend excitedly told me "Ducati's released a new bike, it can do a wheelie in any gear and it's called the Monster!". Back in '93 my knowledge of Ducati's range was limited, but the words of my friend certainly had me interested and I wasn't the only one. By 2005 the Monster accounted for half of Ducati's global sales and today it is by far the best selling in the Italian manufacturers history. In my opinion though I feel that the Monsters design hasn't progressed in years and it feels a tad dated. Thankfully, it seems I'm not the only one who feels this way.
This is the Ducati Monster MS4R, a redesigned '93 S4R owned by Italian automotive designer Paolo Tesio. Tesio has created a modern looking Monster that can be built with minor structural changes and bolt on body panels. Even though by looking at these images you'd think this Monster has undergone a huge transformation if you place it next to a stock S4R it is evident how little Paolo has actually changed.
The girder style fork covers were also made using resin molds and fiberglass. They fit directly over the existing Monster forks without modification, completely changing the look of the front end. A smaller headlight from a Ducati MH900 was mounted further back between the forks shortening the profile while still retaining the Monsters signature "charging bull" stance. A smaller instrument cluster is mounted lower on the triple tree and new handlebars also help to tighten the MS4R's front end.
The black and white paint work is also a subtle upgrade to the Monsters factory paint scheme. Tesio has added extra pinstripes and used blocks of solid colour to accentuate the Ducati's backbone and compliment the unmistakable lines of the trellis frame. Finally Paolo added eighties style Ducati logos on the fork covers as a salute to the iconic classic designs from Ducati's past.
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