A quick sum-up of the key highlights of Ducati's Monster 821
The latest addition to Ducati’s Monster line-up in India is the Monster 821, which was launched here in May 2018. As the new bike marks the celebration of 25 years of the Monster range, which first emerged in 1992 with the original Monster 900, here are some quick highlights about the Monster 821 that sum up all that’s new about it.
Styling elements inspired by the elder sibling
The Monster 821 has been designed meticulously to incorporate styling elements which remain true to its lineage but also maintain a distinctive and modern look. The 821 features a sleek and light tank design, borrowed from its elder sibling, the Monster 1200, which also incorporates the classic anodised aluminium attachment clip. Other styling elements which have been borrowed include a steel Trellis subframe-supported tail section, the round-shaped classic headlight and stacked dual-silencers.
Debut tech on the mid-size Monster
The Monster 821 instrument panel features a colour TFT display with selected gear and fuel level indicators. The display has three different configurations, each designed to show information that is best suited to certain riding situations. All three screen configurations show the currently selected gear.
Comeback of the Ducati Yellow
The Monster 821 has been launched with the iconic Ducati Yellow exterior colour, which harks back to the original M900, adding yet another element of the Monster legacy.
Laden with safety features – Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)
The Monster 821 features Ducati Riding Mode technology, which incorporates a Bosch ABS system and an 8-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system. Together, they make up the DSP (Ducati Safety Pack), which optimises vehicle control and enhances ride safety.
Considerably more expensive than its rivals
While the Monster 821 has been launched at a price of around ₹9.51 lakh (ex-showroom), it is considerably more expensive than the Kawasaki Z900 and the Triumph Street Triple S – its closest rivals. Thus, it all comes down to whether the Monster 821 is able to justify the rather large gap in its price tag.
To know whether it does or doesn't, you can read our review of the motorcycle: Ducati Monster 821 Review: First Ride