Ducati Celebrates 25 Years of the Monster With Parade in France

The bike that kicked off the naked bike phenomenon is getting the recognition it deserves.

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In 1993, Ducati started something of a revolution in motorcycles. It launched the Ducati Monster which kicked off the naked motorcycle craze that’s still spreading throughout the industry today, a quarter-century later.

Ducati is proudly celebrating 25 years of the Monster with a parade dedicated to the naked bike. It’s taking place on the Paul Ricard circuit in La Castellet, France near the southern coast during the Sunday Ride Classic on March 24. The Monster rally is open to anybody who rides a Monster, but nobody who doesn’t.

A ticket for one rider starts at 20 euros ($25) or if you want to bring a passenger the price doubles to 40 euros ($49). Tickets include access to the event, a parking space for your monster, two laps around the track, and a special Monster 25th-anniversary t-shirt (your passenger gets one too if you bring one). If you want to go, you can register here.

But what about a U.S. celebration? "We are planning something with the Monster around Quail," said a Ducati representative in an email to The Drive. "The goal is to be very Monster focused in celebration of our 25 years." The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is an annual event that celebrates the past, present, and future of motorcycling at the Quail Lodge & Gold Club in Carmel, CA.  This year, it's happening on Saturday, May 5.

The Ducati Monster is a bike worth celebrating and it’s good to see it get the recognition it deserves.