The Ducati Monster can take credit for putting more new bums on Ducati seats than any other model since its inception in 1992, and for 2021, it’s getting more than just a facelift.
The machine now just named the Ducati Monster replaces two models in the Monster 821 and the Monster 797, and now uses the 11° Testastretta L-twin more commonly found in the Hypermotard. Power is claimed at 111 hp at 9250 rpm, with torque registered at 69 lb-ft at 6500 rpm, and the whole package tips the scales at 366 lb dry.
Weight has been saved everywhere—the frame is now the Front Frame design pioneered by the Panigale, and is 60 percent lighter than in 2020. 3.75 lb is gone from the wheels, 5.5 lb from the engine, and 4.2 lb from the subframe via the use of GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer), resulting in a claimed 39.7 lb weight reduction compared to the old Monster 821.
The styling department has really gone to town on the new Monster. Ducati says they integrated a bunch of style cues to make the new model instantly recognizable, including a gas tank shaped like a “bison back”, with a “shoulder-embedded” round LED headlight, one that’s basically the modern version of what came out in 1992. Ducati has also fitted interchangeable plastic side panels to help to customize, in much the same fashion as the Scrambler.
As for the electronics, you get three riding modes of Sport, Urban, and Touring, a quickshifter as standard, ABS, IMU-assisted traction control, wheelie control, launch control, and color TFT dash.
There are two versions of the new Monster—the $11,895 base model, and the $12,195 Monster+ model. Expect these two machines to be in Ducati dealers by April of 2021.
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