The first time I laid my eyes on a Ducati Monster I was still in high school and immediately fell in love with the stripped down, no-nonsense design. The naked trellis frame and stubby stance resonated with me as the bike that was cool because there were so many who didn’t think it was. Nineteen years later and Ducati is still producing the now iconic model, so I wasn’t the only one who thought it was cool. The latest version of the Monster is the 1100 EVO, and I finally get to throw a leg over my favorite Ducati I never rode. The EVO treatment consists of upgraded components and higher performance. The Monster EVO features the first Desmodue twin-valve powerplant with a claimed triple-digit horsepower output thanks to revised cylinder heads with reworked intake tracts, more valve lift (4% for the intake and 5% for the exhaust) and a bumped up compression ratio of 11.3 from 10.7 to 1. Soon after we got the 1100 in our hands we rolled it up on the MotoUSA Dynojet 200i where it pumped out 86.69 horses and 65.93 lb-ft of torque. Not quite the claimed 100 from Ducati, but still an impressive showing for an air-cooled, two-valve Twin.