Right alongside it, the R1200R rider is experiencing the same crisp climate-change fall day in the 90s as he swoops effortlessly along.
Thumb ESA from Dynamic to Road (there’s no Touring), turn on the cruise control and set it easily with your left thumb, and it’s hard to see how life could get much better if you’re a person who likes to ride smooth, comfortable, powerful motorcycles.
Roderick and yours truly to compare it to BMW’s new R1200R, an awesome do-it-all “big Twin” motorcycle we’ve been looking for an excuse to spend more time upon. What started out as a perfectly legit excuse to go for a nice day’s ride turned into a better “comparison” than we expected, really, the Ducati Monster 1200 S proving itself quite a bit less monstrous when in more refined company. Our “S” doesn’t have electronic suspension, but it does have fully adjustable Öhlins pieces at both ends, with nearly six inches of rear-wheel travel (5.1 in. You can soften up compression and rebound out back with your hands (you need a 3mm hex to diddle the fork), and make it the plushest Monster ever.The Monster suffered more in the track portion of that test than on the street, though, mainly let down by a lack of ground clearance when leaned into Chuckwalla’s endless high speed turns – a non-issue on the road. It was on like WWII, with the exception that Germany and Italy were allies in that affair, up to a point.Back on the street, il Mostro was a highly pleasant thing to ride – as nearly all motorcycles are that deliver 84 pound-feet of torque. 2015 BMW R1200R First Ride Ei C Duke tasked us with coming up with a couple of waypoints to honor the respective engineering heritages of the two storied brands without breaking the Storied German heritage in LA?trail to the Monster’s 3.7 inches – all BMW’s boxers characterized by train-like stability.Part of the BMW’s extra weight is centerstand and luggage mounts.The faster the curves become, the more you can feel its weight advantage over the Beemer, and the more it feels like it might steer a little more accurately with a 180-series tire on back, like the BMW has, instead of the 190mm wide Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Ducati gives it.