Ducati’s new Monster
The Monster is one of my all time favorites, and yours. A Monster was my very first test motorcycle following my safety course and subsequent license in 2002, and you always remember your first.
I didn’t know it at the time, of course, but the brand makes some of the most well-crafted, powerful and gorgeous machines money can buy – and you will spend money, sonny. A Ducati is a lot of things, but one of the things it isn’t is cheap – not to buy, not to own, not to insure and not to maintain. And you don’t want it to be.
That Monster carried me, shaking in my Timberlands, over the George Washington bridge with snorting semis on either side of me, my palms sweating, seizing those handlebars, praying I’d make it from Manhattan to New Jersey in one piece.
I needn’t have worried. A downshift and twist of throttle, and suddenly the trucks were 500 feet behind me.
This year’s Monster will be in North American dealerships starting in April. Mexico and Canada will get the Monster Plus, which arrives in the U.S. in May.
Ducati’s revamped Monster.
The new model, presented during the 2021 Ducati World Première, is inspired by the original 1993 philosophy – a lightweight and essential sport naked with a frame derived from the Superbike and a sick, angry, powerful engine.
The new Monster, like the old Monsters, is light, compact and fun, which makes it an ideal motorcycle both for those approaching the world of two wheels for the first time – like I did in 2002 – and for more experienced motorcyclists.
The heart of the Monster is its the 937cc L-twin Testastretta 11° engine with desmodromic distribution, which makes the Monster sporty and fun. Maximum power stands at 111 hp at 9,250 rpm with a torque of 9.5 kgm at just 6,500 rpm. Thanks to the increased displacement compared to the 821-cc version, torque has improved at all revs, particularly medium-low ones, most commonly used on the road and between curves. There’s also a new gearbox, with the Ducati Quick Shift Up/Down fitted as standard.
Ducati’s new Monster.
The subframe, rims, swingarm and above all the frame, which is now an aluminum front frame with load-bearing engine, are all brand new. The motorcycle weighs a ridiculous 366 pounds, guaranteeing ease of cornering as well as parking, or backing up using just your feet. That’s great news, too, for those of us who aren’t big lugs.
The ergonomics of the bike are also improved compared to the 821 version by moving the saddle closer to the handlebar, which allows the rider to maintain a more upright position. Good God, that’s a relief. For the one critique you could make about previous Monsters is the massive pressure on one’s wrists. That’s fixed.
Ducati’s new Monster.
The steering angle has been increased to 36° (a full 7° more than the 821) to facilitate maneuvers and ensure maximum maneuverability even at the low speeds and in the urban context, while the footrests have been repositioned to offer a more comfortable riding position.
ABS Cornering, Traction Control and Wheelie Control, all adjustable to different levels of intervention, are here too, as is Launch Control.
The new Monster is equipped with three Riding Modes (Sport, Urban, Touring) that make it possible to shape the character of the bike according to tastes and needs. Engine delivery is particularly smooth thanks to the Smart Power Modes, which provide specific torque curves in first and second gear (Urban and Touring) or only in first gear (Sport), making riding easier.
Thumbs up for Ducati’s new Monster.
Everything is easily manageable through the handlebar controls and the 4.3″color TFT dashboard, characterized by racing graphics that echo those of the Panigale V4, with a large rev counter that shows the indication of the gear engaged in the center, to always have the essential information under control during sporty riding.
Connectivity is guaranteed by the presence of the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), enabling the smartphone to be linked to the bike via Bluetooth. A smartphone can also be recharged thanks to the addition of a functional USB port under the saddle.
Ducati’s new Monster gets an inspection in Bologna.
The new Monster is available in the range in Ducati Red and Dark Stealth with black wheels, Aviator Grey with Red GP wheels. For those who want an even more accentuated sportiness, the Monster Plus version is also available in the same colors with the front fairing and passenger seat cover as standard.
Customization options are many, of course. Check out the Ducati.com website with its configurator section, making it possible to view all the customization options.
I grew up next to a garage in Westchester County, making a constant pest of myself but learning the ins and outs of engines and car maintenance and repair. After a