Ducati unveiled the new Monster. The new Ducati Monster represents all the essence of the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer in the lightest, most compact, and accessible form possible.
The new Ducati Monster is based on the Monster 900, the first, true sports naked, but reinterpreted and updated. The result is a bike with an advanced, easy and efficient chassis, that offers a more comfortable riding position and is powered with the engine that provides an excellent balance between power, torque and ease of handling. The bike’s fuel tank is shaped like a “bison back,” it features a “shoulder-embedded” round headlight, and clean tail.
The Monster is powered by the Testastretta 11° 937 cc twin cylinder L-shaped engine, with desmodromic distribution. Compared to the previous 821 it increases in displacement, power, torque, and decreases in weight (-5.3 lb) to contribute to the lightness of the bike and offer better rideability. It now produces 111 hp at 9,250 rpm with maximum torque of 68.7 ft lb (9.5 kgm) delivered at just 6,500 rpm, delivering efficient and reactive throttle response. Thanks to the increased displacement, the torque is improved across all revs, particularly in the medium-low range, most suited to the road and through corners. This will guarantee 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 weight reduction paid a key role in the creation of the new Monster. 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 aluminum 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 6.6 lb this frame is 9.9 lbs lighter (60% less) than the previous trellis, helping to reduce the dry weight of the bike to just 366 lbs.
Each component has been redesigned and lightened: the rims drop 3.75 lbs and the swingarm is lightened by 3.5 lbs. The rear subframe decreases by 4.2 lbs thanks to the GFRP (Glass Fiber 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 39.7 lbs compared to the Monster 821.
Being 32.3 in (820 mm) tall and featuring narrow sides, 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 31.5 in (800 mm), while still maintaining good padding. And, for those who wish, a spring kit can be purchased to lower the seat height to 30.5 in (775 mm). The steering angle has been increased to 36° (+7° compared to the 821). The handlebar has been brought closer to the rider’s torso by about 7 cm to have a more upright riding position that guarantees greater comfort and control. The foot position has also been changed, to reduce the bend of the leg. All this translates into greater riding ease, even in city traffic.
The standard equipment includes ABS Cornering, Traction Control and Wheelie Control, all adjustable to different levels of intervention. 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″ color 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.
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 colors with an aerodynamic windshield and passenger seat cover as standard. The pricing starts at $11,895 for the Ducati Red color, with the Monster Plus starting at $12,195 for the Ducati Red color. The Monster in Dark Stealth and Aviator Grey color will cost $12,095, while the Monster Plus starts at $12,395 for the Dark Stealth and Aviator Grey color. The Monster will be available in Ducati dealerships in the United States starting from April 2021.
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