Redesigned Ducati Monster gains power and loses weight
Ducati gave its all-new Monster the official unveiling via its five-part Ducati World Première web series, promising the new edition of their popular naked motorcycle will officially hit dealerships in April 2021. The storied Italian manufacturer claims the brand new version sticks closely to the original from 1993, with a powerful engine tuned for road use mated to some compact “superbike-derived frame,” and also the numbers bear that out.
Power comes from Ducati’s Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder engine displacing 937 cubic centimeters. The not-quite-literbike spins out 111 horsepower at 9,250 rpm and 69 pound-feet of torque. That’s a little more power than the Monster 821 it replaces, but perhaps more important, the brand new Monster loses around 40 pounds compared to the outgoing edition, for any total wet weight of 414 pounds.
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That engine is housed in an aluminum frame that shares its design with Ducati’s powerful Panigale V4. The subframe is made of a glass fiber reinforced polymer composite material (more commonly known as fiberglass), as the redesigned swingarm and wheels further shed weight. The conventional seat height is listed in a reasonable 32.3 inches, but an accessory seat and various springs can lower that to 30.5 inches. The riding position has been relaxed a little, which ought to make for a comfortable riding experience.
ABS cornering, traction control and wheelie control are standard and adjustable, while Sport, Urban and Touring riding modes allow the rider to tune the bike for their needs. A digital dash is also standard.
The redesigned Ducati Monster will begin at $11,895 here in america, while a Monster Plus gets sportier bodywork in a starting price of $12,395.