Return of the Cafe Racers - Ducati Monster MS4R by Paolo Tesio

Ducati Monster MS4R by Paolo Tesio

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…

 

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 whole project was first designed in a 3D programme before any work started on the bike. Molds were created out of resin using CNC technology and the new fiberglass tank and tail section were cast. To fit the new tail a revised rear sub frame was built and bolted on using the existing frame mounts (the only structural change to the whole bike).

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.

To free up the rear end of the bike an underbelly style exhaust been used which does away with the bulky stock mufflers and squares off the Monsters engine nicely against the rear wheel. Adding to the incredibly short list of custom parts on the bike are a steering damper, clutch cover and low profile LED indicators making this one of the simplest  (not to say it was an easy task) and most impressive customization I’ve seen in years.

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.   

What’s not shown in these images is the extended number plate holder and rear indicator section which fits to the tail section for legal street riding. Paolo stated that he would consider producing the MS4R kit if he received enough interest. If I had a Monster parked in my garage Paolo would have already had a call from me.
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