Ducati has taken the wraps off a new Monster.

Ducati’s best-selling model, more than 350,000 have been produced since its introduction.

The new model represents the essence of Ducati in the lightest, most compact and essential form possible.

The recipe is the same as the original 1993 one: a sporty engine, but perfect for road use, combined with a Superbike-derived frame.

To create the new Monster, the engineers and designers started from scratch, but with a clear idea of the key points around which the new bike was to be built.

Lean and agile, the bike incorporates the guidelines and the DNA of each Monster that make it immediately recognisable: fuel tank shaped like a “bison back”, “shoulder-embedded” round headlight, clean tail and engine at the centre of the scene.

The language, however, is new and modern. The shapes have evolved in a direction in which essentiality and technology are enhanced by design, as in the circular profile of the front LED headlight and in the “sweeping” direction indicators.

The Monster is powered by the Testastretta 11 degree 937 cc twin cylinder L-shaped engine, with desmodromic distribution and Euro 5 homologation.

Compared to the previous 821 it increases in displacement, power, torque and decreases in weight (-2.4 kg) to contribute to the lightness of the bike and offer better rideability.

It now delivers 83kW at 9250 rpm with maximum torque of 95Nm delivered at just 6500 rpm, proving to be efficient and reactive in throttle response.

Thanks to the increased displacement, the torque is improved at all revs, particularly in the medium-low range, most used on the road and between curves.

This guarantees thrilling performance as well as riding ease and pleasure, also supported by the new gearbox and the Ducati Quick Shift Up / Down fitted as standard.

The Monster is also available in a 35kW version, suitable for A2 license holders.

Chassis, accessory elements and superstructures have been redesigned from the ground up to create a compact and lightweight bike, perfect for everyday use as well as for sports use.

The aluminium Front Frame replicates the same concept found on the Panigale V4. It is short and attached directly to engine heads.

With a weight of only 3kg this frame is 4.5kg lighter (60 per cent less) than the previous trellis, helping to reduce the dry weight of the bike to just 166kg.

Each component has been redesigned and lightened: the rims lose 1.7kg and the swingarm is lightened by 1.6kg.

The rear subframe decreases by 1.9kg thanks also to the GFRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer) technology with which it was made, that has allowed the optimization of shapes and surfaces to the benefit of lightness and dimensional compactness.

The total weight saving is 18kg compared to the Monster 821.

The height from the ground of the seat of the new Monster is 820mm. This, combined with the narrow sides of the bike, allows the rider to put his feet on the ground very easily.

A seat is available as an accessory that reduces the height from the ground to 800mm, while still maintaining good padding.

Also a kit of springs for the suspension can be purchased, which lower the vehicle by reducing the seat height to 775mm from the ground.

To ensure maximum manoeuvrability at low speeds and facilitate manoeuvring from a standstill, the steering angle has been increased to 36 degrees (+7 degrees compared to the 821).

The handlebar has been brought closer to the rider’s torso by about 7cm to have a more upright riding position that guarantees greater comfort and control.

The position of the feet has also been changed, and the legs are now less curled up.

Standard equipment includes ABS Cornering, Traction Control and Wheelie Control, all adjustable to different levels of intervention.

The sporty character of the bike is also underlined by the Launch Control which ensures lightning-fast starts.

This electronic equipment allows to express the performance of the bike with a high level of active safety.

The new Monster is equipped with three Riding Modes (Sport, Urban, Touring) that allow to shape the character of the bike according to tastes and needs.

Everything is easily managed through the handlebar controls and the 4.3 inch colour TFT dashboard featuring racing graphics that echo those of the Panigale V4, with a large rev counter that shows the indication of the gear inserted.

To allow each Monsterista to make their bike even more unique, sticker kits have been created that enhance the shapes of the Monster and celebrate Ducati’s sportiness.

The new Monster is available in Ducati Red and Dark Stealth with black wheels, Aviator Grey with GP Red wheels.

For those who want the bike with an even sportier image, there is the Plus version in the same colours with an aerodynamic windshield and the cover for the passenger seat as standard.

The Monster will be available in Ducati dealerships starting from April, 2021.

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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