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The detailed comparison between Ducati Monster 1200 and BMW G650GS can help you decide which one of them will suit you better. The decision on your next motorcycle purchase should be all based on your personal preferences for speed, handling and comfort. If you compare the motorcycles you are interested in by analysing their technical specifications, features and pictures, the list of favourite ones could be shortened to just a few models. The best way to explore them is to actually sit on these bikes and check how much comfort you get with each of them.

Ducati-Monster 1200   vs   BMW-G650GS
Picture of Ducati - Monster 1200
Ducati manufacturer BMW
Monster 1200 bike name G650GS
Naked mootorcycle type Adventure
2014 year 2009
220 / 81 / 104 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)219 / 92 / 144 cm
1198 cc engine displacement (cc)652 cc
electronic fuel injection system, 53mm throttle bodies fuel supply method Fuel injection
12.5:1 compression ratio 12:1
106x67.9 mm bore and stroke 82x75.6 mm
155mm (6.1 inches) ground clearance 261mm (10.3 inches)
3.7litres (3.9 quarts) engine oil capacity2.3litres (2.4 quarts)
17.5 litres (4.6 gallons) fuel tank capacity 17.0 litres (4.5 gallons)
259 km/h (161 mph) top speed170 km/h (105 mph)
135 hppeak horsepower 48 hp
118 nm (87 ft lbs)max torque 75 nm (55.3 ft lbs)
182 kg (401 lbs) dry weight176 kg (388 lbs)
209 kg (461 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 191 kg (421 lbs)
43mm fully adjustable inverted forks with 130mm wheel travel front suspension 41mm telescopic fork with stabilizer bridge and 170mm wheel travel.
progresive linkage with fully adjustable monoshock. The rear wheel travel is 249mm. rear suspension cast aluminum dual swing arm, central spring strut, spring preload hydraulically adjustable. The wheel travel is 165mm.
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 100/90-19
190/55-ZR17 rear tyre size 130/80-17
6-speed transmission type 5-speed multiple-disc clutch in oil bath
Electric starting, electronic ignition ignition / starting Electric
two 320mm semi-floating discs with radially mounted Brembo calipers front brakes single disc with 300mm diameter and dual-piston caliper
Single 245mm disc with twin-piston floating calipers and standard ABS equipmentrear brakes one 240mm disc and single piston caliper
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
6.10 l/100km (38.6 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)4.90 l/100km (48 mpg)
technical specifications of Ducati Monster 1200see data separatelytechnical specifications of BMW G650GS

Although Ducati Monster 1200 has a bigger engine displacement than BMW G650GS it doesn't necessarily mean it is more powerful or better performing bike. The first bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 12.5:1 than the other one. This parameter shows how the volume in the engine cylinder when the piston is at the bottom end relates to the volume when the piston is at the top end. If we have two motorcycles with the same engine displacement but one of them has a bigger compression ratio it will has lesser fuel consumption.
The advantage of better fuel economy goes to BMW G650GS consuming 4.90 liters per 100 kilometers. On the other hand Ducati Monster 1200 is consuming 6.10 liters on every 100 kilometer trip. There are two ways of showing the fuel economy of a motorcycle - describing how many miles it can travel with a single gallon of fuel (mpg) or how many litters of fuel it is burning on a 100 kilometer trip (l\100km).
bike tiresEach motorcycle should be fitted with the type of tyres that are specified for it. The right choice also depends on your style of riding, whether you are speeding and riding agressively. Tires have a code of numbers and letters printed on their sides and these are important to be understood properly when looking for matching tires. The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters. After that comes the aspect ration shown by the second number in the code. The third number shows the size of the rim - its diameter measured in inches. Buying motorcycle tires online can save you precious time and cash.
The ground clearance of BMW G650GS (261mm) is bigger than the one of Ducati Monster 1200 (bbb2mm). Usually given in millimeters in the technical data sheets, the ground clearance refers to the space between ground level and underside of a motorcycle’s chassis and sometimes is called ride height. To say it shortly, this is the smallest of the measures between the road surface and any mechanical part of the motorcycle.
Ducati Monster 1200 is the faster of the two with top speed of 259 kilometers per hour against the max speed of 170 km/h specified to its opponent BMW G650GS. In some cases these speed statistics are based on bike owners reviews and may be contradictory from various sources.liquid cooling system of a motorcycle
Those two motorcycle use the same cooling system - liquid. Liquid-cooled engines have a narrower range of operating temperatures compared to the air-cooled ones. Therefore liquid cooled motors can run with carburetion set to burn all the fuel in the mixture. The circulation of the coolant from the radiator to the engine is helped by the water pump. A fan is turned on if needed by a thermostat to draw more air over the radiator in case the motorcycle slows down. Water jackets in a liquid cooled engine act as sound insulators and make it quieter.
motorcycle with chain final drive These two motorcycles (Ducati Monster 1200 and BMW G650GS) have the same type of final drive which is chain. One of the most economical way to drive horsepower from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle is achieved with the chain drive and therefore it is still the most used among the three options by bike manufacturers. Many bikers may complain of the need of constant care though. Since the chain is exposed to dust, sun and rain it needs to be periodically cleaned and properly lubricated.
Compression ratio - this parameter refers to how the cylinder's space changes from when the piston is down at its lowest point to when the piston is up at its highest point in the stroke. The value of the compression ratio of BMW G650GS is 12:1 based on the information in its technical data and for Ducati Monster 1200 the ratio is 12.5:1. Premium fuel might be recommended for some motorcycles with high levels of compression ration in order to avoid engine knocking. It plays a big role in engine efficiency because bigger compression ratio means better thermal efficiency and more mileage with the same amount of gas.
The good quality of the engine oil is an important factor in keeping the motorcycle in peak condition. Synthetic engine oils are considered the most technically advanced one and are more expensive than the mineral oils which come at lower price. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. Synthetic oil can be changed less often though. A good practice is to replace the oil filter with each or every second oil change. The oil capacity of Ducati Monster 1200 is 3.7 litres and the engine oil of BMW G650GS is 2.3 litres as per their technical specs. When changing the oil it is advisable to put less than the specified oil capacity and to check the level. Pouring exactly the proper amount of oil needed is achieved by observing the level sight window or the dipstick marks.

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