The Monster is one of the most popular motorcycles from Ducati, and it's back on sale in India in an all-new avatar. The new model's updates include a new frame, a bigger engine, and an improved electronics package.
Ducati has launched the all-new Monster in India. Priced between Rs 10.99 lakh and Rs 11.34 lakh (ex-showroom), the new Monster is available in two variants, Monster and Monster+. The updates of the new model include a whole new platform, including an aluminium frame, beefier suspension, a bigger and more powerful engine, and a raft of electronic aids.
As you might have noticed, the Monster is not available anymore with 797 and 821 in its name. It simply means that it'll is now available only in a single-spec, i.e., the Monster. The Monster 1200, however, will continue to be sold alongside in global markets.
Speaking of the new version, the new Monster has received some major updates. The biggest change is that it no longer features the signature exposed trellis frame. Instead, it gets an all-new aluminium frame, which is similar to the one seen in the Panigale V4 and V2. According to Ducati, the new frame is lighter by around 4.5kgs, and it only weighs 3kgs. What’s more, the new Monster is substantially lighter than its predecessor – compared to the Monster 821, the new version weighs 18kgs less. Its dry weight is just 166kgs.
Thanks to the new underpinnings, the Monster’s design is also remarkably different. It’s sleeker and narrower than before and looks more aggressive. However, it retains the round headlamp. Also, the fuel tank is more muscular and the tail is sharp and tidy. Some of the key design elements that are new and unique include full-LED headlamps, integrated indicators on the fuel tank, new graphics, and a stubby twin-pipe exhaust system. The Monster+ variant gets a flyscreen and a pillion seat cowl over the standard version. There is also a 4.3-inch full-colour display, which is similar to the ones seen on new age Panigales.
Powering the new Monster is a 937cc Testastretta 11° L-twin, which is already on offer with the SuperSport 950. This unit produces 109.4bhp @ 9,250rpm along with a peak torque of 93Nm @ 6,500rpm. These figures mark an improvement of 2bhp and 7Nm over the 821's engine. Power transmission duties are carried out by a 6-speed gearbox, featuring a hydraulic clutch as well as a quick-shifter (standard).
The Monster features a non-adjustable 43mm upside-down fork at the front and a pre-load adjustable mono-shock at the rear. For stopping power, it uses dual 320mm discs, with radially mounted Brembo M4.32 4-piston callipers, at the front and a 245mm rear disc, with a 2-piston floating calliper, at the rear. The new Monster’s steering angle has been increased by 7 degrees – it now sits at 36 degrees – for improving its agility. Also, the handlebar has been pulled back by 2.75 inches, and the riding position has become more upright.
The electronics suite includes three standard riding modes – Sport, Urban, and Touring – as well as cornering ABS, launch control, traction control, and wheelie control.
The Monster will compete against the likes of the BMW F900R and Triumph Street Triple R.
Here's the full pricing (ex-showroom, India) of the new Monster range:
Monster Red: Rs 10.99 lakh
Monster Aviator Grey or Dark Stealth: Rs 11.09 lakh
Monster+ Red: Rs 11.24 lakh
Monster + Aviator Grey or Dark Stealth: Rs 11.34 lakh