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A Different Animal – 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS

As tough as it was to make the water-cooled engine look beautiful, the four valve testastretta ( and 130 hp ) was worth it.  Here’s a powerful creampuff with under 1,000 miles and a veritable mountain of farkles.

2007 Ducati Monster S4RS for sale on eBay

The S4RS was a certain pinnacle of Monster engineering, with the superbike’s 50mm throttle bodies tucked under the fuel tank.  It’s geared more for the stoplight to stoplight contests than the GP course, and excels in traffic.  Öutstanding Öhlins dampers are front and rear, as are wide 17-inch rims.  Ergonomics accommodate the long engine and might require a lean over the tank, and the smooth dry clutch will tone up your left grip.

Out of dry Palm Springs, this S4RS looks better than new, with carbon a major element.  Depending on who did the installation, the upgrades might’ve challenged the purchase price.  Comments and a list from the eBay auction:

Purchased new in 2007 and been garage kept ever since. Only 939 Miles from new. 3 keys. Clean title in hand. Detailed serviced history and all manuals included. Perfect condition. Never been dropped and only adult ridden, in the dry. Has over $15k in extras added on to this motorcycle, no expense has been spare on this bike. All work has been done by either a Ducati dealership or a Ducati Certificated Master Technician. Sorry no test rides.
 
Items Include: 
  • Termignoni full race exhaust system with ECU
  • Ducati Performance slipper clutch w/ red pressure plate and black springs
  • Ducati Performance Garmin Zumo 590 GPS
  • BST Carbon Rims with Pirelli Diablo Rossa Corsa tires 
  • Custom rear sets from Pro Twins (Ducati dealership in the UK)
  • Black powder-coated passenger foot-pegs w/ carbon fiber heel guards
  • CNC Racing rear sprocket cover and flange bolts in black
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber chain guard (front & rear pieces)
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber tail unit
  • Ducati Performance rear view mirror set with built-in turn signals
  • Hyperpro 140 mm steering damper (frame-mounted)
  • Rizoma NEXT fluid reservoirs w/ clear tubing
  • Brembo radial brake master cylinder + lever
  • Brembo radial clutch master cylinder + lever
  • Ducati Performance front & rear turn signals
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber front mudguard
  • Rizoma open clutch cover
  • DID 525 final drive chain
  • CNC Racing clutch slave cylinder
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber rear hugger
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber radiator covers
  • Ducati Performance aluminum gas cap in black
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber front sprocket cover
  • Evotech bar-end weights
  • Zero Gravity black fly screen.
  • Renthal 42-tooth rear sprocket
  • K&N air filter
  • Shift Tech carbon fiber plate surround
  • HID main headlamp bulb
  • Renthal 14-tooth front sprocket
  • Pro Grips
  • Custom Paint Protection Film on all fairings and tank
  • Front and rear paddock stands
  • Custom indoor cover

Though jamming the 916 engine into the 2001 Monster S4 wasn’t a wild leap, down the road it led to some seriously super naked bikes – right down to this year’s 1200S, with three electronics packages to tame the 147 hp twin.  But the round headlight S4RS has a different feel, with the main computer just north of the helmet chin strap, and the desmoquattro engine quite similar to the World Superbike Ducati from that year.

-donn

9 Comments

  • Very pristine example, but sad to see all of the aftermarket “upgrades.” Luckily, most of the damage is reversible. I’d be much more inclined to give the asking price for a stone stock, untouched virgin.

  • Agreed, pretty hard to recoup the ‘upgrades’ costs after the fact, although I’m digging those Termi shotguns.

  • This is neither rare nor a sport bike but I guess Ducati.

    So this guy dropped 15K plus the original purchase price to ride it 939 miles in 13 years. Why? What’s the point of that? Why buy a nice bike, drop all that money into it and never ride.

    You should start a separate page called “Ducati parked in houses for sale”

  • Ducati, like no other maker, has really excelled at creating a great bike and then getting the buyer to throw money at it, and by “at it”, I mean “at them”. I guess these buyers think of it like spending money on art or jewelry. Love my M695, but would be scared to ride the S4 – maybe that’s why the 939 miles…

  • I will never own another Ducati. Purchased a brand new 748s in 2000. Breaking it in to spec netted me 5 cracked upper radiator reservoirs, 1 flywheel falling off at the break-in mileage and the kicker…..hard chrome plating peeling off of the rocker arms. Pure Italian Junk. Never again.

    Of course this has nothing to do with this overpriced Italian sawhorse

  • I also owned a 748s (2001), rode it to just over 8000 miles then traded for an 848. Never had a single problem with it. I have owned many Japanese sport bikes and can easily say I would rather have a Ducati which is a bit slower and heavier, than any Japanese tinker toy “me too” bike.

  • @Jody
    You say that like a run of the mill Ducati is a one of a kind motorcycle!?
    The slower and heavier analogy of a Ducati though, is spot on. I will add another…. lower quality.

    Perhaps Ducati Italy ironed out the issues with the 748 internals for 2001? The 2000 model year was plagued with the hard chroming process used on the valve lifters. The same year 996 had no issues that I recall. But, that was not the only issue that my bike suffered from!

  • @WhyzeeF
    Its understandable that a poor personal experience sours any lasting impression with a brand… I know of two guys that each bought YZF R6s on the same day from the same dealer; both brand new – one red, the other blue. From day two the red bike ran better in almost every respect, but the Yami dealer had no explanation as to why the two bikes performed so markedly different, and any/all attempts to remedy the blue bike never seemed to do the trick… it just ran like dogsh*t compared to the red bike… both owners acknowledge/joke about it to this day. The red bike owner has remained a Yamaha fan, the blue bike owner? – never bought another Yamaha again… hes a Honda rider now !
    Sometimes it just doesn’t work out !

  • I had to laugh at your comment that “sometimes it just doesn’t work out”. A better explanation is that sometimes the mechanics employed by the dealers have no clue how to troubleshoot a performance problem.

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