The Ducati Monster 1100 Evo is, well, a monster. Armed with 99hp, 76 lb.-ft and a 373 lb. dry weight, this Trellis-framed naked Italian stallion is a two-wheeled street pugilist par excellence. And at a starting MSRP of just under $12,000, it’s also an affordable monster.
Of course, since so many people who can drop $12k on a new motorcycle will choose to do so on a Monster 1100 Evo, you might not end up appearing to be as much of a non-conformist as you were hoping. Worse still, there are a fair number of other bikes (some of them also naked bikes) that are quicker. Fortunately, Bulgarian tuner Vilner has fixes for both of these issues; say hello to the Monster 1100 Evo Bulgari.
Under and around the 1078cc L-twin, Vilner adds a pair of additional body panels that attach to the bike via aluminum brackets. The headlight is replaced by a much smaller unit. The seat is reupholstered with leather that is stitched in a grid pattern. And finally, the gas tank, front fender and other bodywork is repainted in pearl white, while the wheels are black with pearl white stripes applied laterally across the rims. The whole package transforms the looks of the bike, but the new bodywork around the engine is especially significant in the way it reduces the dynamite Duc’s raw, unfinished vibe.
As for making the Monster quicker, Vilner adds a hefty 10hp. That will you get up to speed sooner. However, even though the horsepower is up by about 10%, your throttle control skills will have to increase by about 50%, because the rear wheel is now 4” closer to the front. Good news for wheelie aficionados, bad news for commuters.
However, you might not want to use your Monster 1100 Evo Bulgari on the Monday through Friday grind. For starters, Vilner says it will perform just 100 Bulgari conversions. And second, while the company won’t put an exact number on the price of a conversion, we’re betting it will bring the total price of the bike to within spitting distance of $20,000. That’s a lot of coin for a not-outrageously-powerful naked bike, but you do get a lot of style and extremely long odds of finding another one parked at your favorite roadside café. Seems like a fair trade to us.