I rode the Monster S2R on the Redline Run, picture here between Fouriesburg and Clarens

Inside the Golden Gate Highlands National Park

now that's what I call beauty - the bike and the scenery

Front-end has up-side-down Showa forks, Brembo binders and Marchesini rim

motor is the same strong, reliable, 992cc, air-cooled, 2-valve, V-Twin as used on the DS models

Italian beauty - check that stylish, single-sided, swingarm

The only thing I would change is to throw that bulky catalytic converter off - for better flow and sound

I did 1236 km during the road test and enjoyed every second of the ride


Monster S4R Specifications:

Type: L-twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement: 992 cc
Bore x Stroke: 94 x 71,5 mm / 94 x 71,5 mm
Compression Ratio: 10:1
Power: 67.7 kW - 95 HP @ 8000 rpm
Torque: 94.1 Nm - 9.6 kgm @ 6000 rpm
Fuel Injection: Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust: Black exhaust system with two mufflers r.h. (Euro 3)

Gearbox: 6-speed
Ratio: 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 24/28
Primary drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84
Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38"
Clutch: Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase: 1425 mm / 56.1 in
Rake: 24
Steering angle: 30
Front suspension: Marzocchi 43 mm upside-down fork
Front wheel travel: 120 mm / 4.7 in
Front wheel: Spoke wheel with aluminium rim, 3.50 x 17
Front tyre: 120/70 R 17
Rear suspension: Sachs fully adjustable monoshock absorber on the left side
Rear wheel travel: 130 mm / 5.1 in
Rear wheel: Spoke wheel with aluminium rim, 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre: 180/55 R 17
Front brake: 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 2-piston, 2- sintered pad floating caliper
Rear brake: 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper

Fuel capacity: 13 litres (of which 3.5 litres reserve) 3.9 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
Dry weight: 181 Kg / 398 lbs (The weight excludes battery, fuel and lubricants).
Seat height: 825 mm / 32.5 in
Max height: 1150 mm / 45.3 in
Max length: 2180 mm / 85.8 in
Instruments: Electronic panel: speedometer, rev counter, LCD clock, immobilizer
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage
NB: The conditions of the warranty are described in the warranty booklet provided with each motorcycle.


Thanks to Ashley Baud, Jo, Amanda and the guys at rossomoto for the ride,

the Monster S2R is a great motorcycle... I absolutely loved it.

Can't wait for the 999-powered S4RS.