Ducati Monster 821: FIRST LOOK

Cycle News Staff | May 28, 2014

Ducati has released information and photos of its brand-new Monster 821 – a mid-sized entry for the third generation of the iconic Monster line-up.

The release of the Monster 821 follows on the heels of the company’s introduction of the Monster 1200 at the Milan Show in November with the 821 a mid-sized version of the 1200.

Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the new model gets its look from the Monster 1200. This one, however, is powered by the latest edition of Ducati’s 821 water-cooled Testastretta 11° engine, a powerplant that produces a claimed 112 horsepower and 65.9ft-lb of torque and the same package that powers the Hypermotard models. The Monster 821 tips the scales at 395.7 pounds (dry), according to Ducati.

The new little Monster comes with an adjustable seat height, eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level ride-by-wire.

Available in Ducati dealerships starting in July 2014, the bike will come in three color schemes: the Monster 821 Dark in dark stealth with black frame and black wheels; the Monster 821 in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels; and star white silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with color-matched single-seat covers.

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