Ducati has announced an update for its middleweight naked bike lineup, with the new Ducati Monster and Monster + 2021 models. The latest version of the legendary Ducati range, dubbed “Monster” by the Bologna-based brand, features a new chassis and uses the same weight-saving front frame design as the Panigale and Streetfighter V4 motorcycles.
To become a monster, it has to have a distinctive style: trellis frame, sculpted metal tank, round headlight (never mind desmodromic valves and 90-degree twin layout). This means that Monster’s development over the years has been shaped by conservatism.
Ducati is focused on saving weight. The aluminum front frame weighs just 6.6 pounds – that’s 10 pounds lighter than the 821 trellis frame. The subframe, built from glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP), is lighter by 4.2 pounds. The rims by 3.75 pounds, and the swingarm by 3.5 pounds.
The Monster has three driving modes (Sport, Tour, Urban) and features cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control and launch control – all customizable via the 4.3-inch TFT display. An Up / Down Quickshifter is standard. It is also equipped with full LED lighting.
The engine is still a twin-cylinder affair, although it now hits 937 cc from the previous model’s 821, which boosts output to 111 horsepower at 9,250 rpm and 69 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. The real news here is that the increased displacement makes the torque curve thicker and makes the bike easier to ride. Ducati also managed to lose about 5.5 pounds from the engine.
The brakes are from Brembo for the front and rear, the front brake and hydraulic clutch get a radial-mount master cylinders for a better feel. The electronics package – also known as the Ducati Safety Pack – returns with ABS, traction control, wheelie control, launch control and a standard up / down quickshifter.
|ENGINE TYPE||Testatretta 11°, V2 – 90°, 4 valves per cylinder, desmodromic valvetrain, liquid cooled|
|DISPLACEMENT||937 cc (57 cu in)|
|BORE X STROKE||94 mm x 67.5 mm|
|POWER||111 hp (82 kW) @ 9,250 rpm|
|TORQUE||9.5 kgm (93 Nm, 69 lb ft) @ 6,500 rpm|
|FUEL INJECTION||Electronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire system|
|EXHAUST||Pre-muffler and twin muffler, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes|
|PRIMARY DRIVE||Straight cut gears, ratio 1.85:1|
|RATIO||1=37/15, 2=30/17, 3=28/20, 4=26/22, 5=24/23, 6=23/24|
|FINAL DRIVE||Chain, front sprocket z15, rear sprocket z43|
|CLUTCH||Slipper and self-servo multiplate wet clutch with hydraulic control|
|FRAME||Aluminum alloy Front Frame|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Ø 43 mm usd fork|
|FRONT WHEEL||Light alloy cast, 3.5″ x 17″|
|FRONT TYRE||Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70 ZR17|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Progressive linkage, preload adjustable monoshock, aluminium double-sided swingarm|
|REAR WHEEL||Light alloy cast, 5.5″ x 17″|
|REAR TYRE||Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 180/55 ZR17|
|WHEEL TRAVEL (FRONT/REAR)||130 mm / 140 mm (5.1 in / 5.5 in)|
|FRONT BRAKE||2 x Ø 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo M4.32 monobloc 4-piston callipers, radial master cylinder, Cornering ABS|
|REAR BRAKE||Ø 245 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating calliper, Cornering ABS|
|INSTRUMENTATION||4.3″ TFT colour display|
|DRY WEIGHT||166 kg (366 lb)|
|KERB WEIGHT*||188 kg (414 lb)|
|SEAT HEIGHT||820 mm (32.3 in)|
800 mm (31.5 in) (accessory low seat)
775 mm (30.5 in) (accessory low seat + low suspension kit)
|WHEELBASE||1,474 mm (58.0 in)|
|TRAIL||93 mm (3.7 in)|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||14 l (3.7 US gal)|
|NUMBER OF SEATS||2|
|SAFETY EQUIPMENT||Riding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Daytime Running Light|
|STANDARD EQUIPMENT||Ducati Quick Shift, Ducati Power Launch, 4.3″ TFT colour display, Full LED headlight and lighting system, Dynamic turn indicators, USB power socket|
|READY FOR||Ducati Multimedia System, Heated grips|
|WARRANTY||24 months, unlimited mileage|
|MAINTENANCE SERVICE INTERVALS||15,000 km (9,000 miles) / 12 months|
|DESMOSERVICE||30,000 km (18,000 miles)|