I purchased this 2006 Ducati Monster S2R1000 new on January 12, 2006. Current mileage is around 15200 (24472 km).
I have come to appreciated the S2R1000 for the following:
Fine engine performance - it runs perfectly with excellent fueling, the engine never seems to be working hard and always has a surplus of power regardless of circumstances. Basically, the engine just a joy to use!
Highly accurate and stable handling - the S2R1000 tracks around corners like it's on rails. It is the best handling, best steering bike I own.
Superb clutch and gearbox operation - despite what you may have read or heard about Ducati dry clutches this one operates perfectly with smooth, controllable engagement. And the transmission is super-smooth and is probably the best of any bike I've ever ridden.
The riding position is a little too aggressive for my tastes but ultimately has proven fine for rides of around 2 hours or maybe even a little longer before stopping for a break. However, long slow downhills can be tiring on the hands and wrists. I know bar-risers and/or accessory handlebars can be installed but I plan to do neither.
A tighter turning radius would be appreciated.
The engine gets a little pulse-intensive when under significant load below 4000rpm.
The overall assembly and component quality is excellent.
Especially at idle (tick-over) the dry clutch rattles significantly. Compared to a quiet running bike like the Hyosung GT650 the Ducati sounds rough and unrefined.
The "fun-factor" is extremely high!
The S2R1000 is pictured above on Mt. Evans, Colorado, at an approximate elevation of 13840ft (4218 meters). For a complete photo essay of the ride up Mt. Evans I invite you to visit my Mt. Evans Ride photo essay. It's a high-altitude experience to be sure!
The Ducati has been trouble-free and I have performed all scheduled maintenance myself.
Many Ducati riders enjoy modifying their bikes to suit their personal tastes. In keeping with my style of maintaining bikes in an original factory condition, I plan few if any modifications for this machine, despite risking possible wrath and ridicule from the Ducatisti!
ronh.org Ducati S2R1000 video
This 9 minute, HD-quality video features a ride on Jefferson County, Colorado, Route 126, a local favorite.
Recorded on 2013-08-26 (August 26, 2013).
Here's a nice image of the Ducati from a ride in July, 2006. It's pictured at Echo Lake, Colorado. Click to enlarge.
The four pics below are from recent rides on the S2R1000.