It’s got that fierce on-road presence. It’s got decent power. It’s naked. It’s loud. It’s a new kind of Monster. See how we unleashed the 795 on the streets and did our Ducati Monster 795 Review.
A month ago I was riding the sweet rolling hills of Kerala on a Ducati Monster 796, which has now been discontinued in India. The bike was simply brilliant and I enjoyed every bit of it, but with a price tag of Rs. 8 lakh ex-showroom, it didn’t do quite well for a mid-range naked exotic.
Ducati opened a factory in Thailand, so that one specific bike could be assembled there. That bike is the Ducati Monster 795 and it has been entirely developed for Asian countries – but you would have already known this if you were a true Ducatista. The Ducati Monster 795 is essentially a mix of the Monster 696 and 796. It uses the chassis of the lower spec Monster 696, but more importantly, it has the engine of the higher spec Monster 796.
The Ducati Monster 795 is a true Monster, which we realised during our Ducati Monster 795 Review, and it looks incredibly insane from whichever angle you look at it. From a distance it will be tough to spot the differences between the 796 and Ducati Monster 795, but the most noticeable one is the double sided swingarm on the Ducati Monster 795. What is really interesting however is how Ducati is assembling the bike in Thailand and then exporting it to other Asian countries. According to the Italian bike maker only 12% of the components used to assemble the Ducati Monster 795 in Thailand are local, the rest of the parts are imported and of high quality, keeping in tandem with Ducati’s philosophy of perfection and excellence. So although the Ducati Monster 795 is cheaper than any other Ducati ever made, it’s still a superb quality, high performance machine. In India the bike costs a little over Rs. 6 lakhs ex-showroom, which makes it almost 2 lakhs cheaper than the now discontinued 796.
The chassis, like I said, is taken from the 696 so the seating position is lower and the double sided swingarm is less heavy than 796’s single. Then the tyre width is greatly reduced on both the front and rear in the Ducati Monster 795 and it sports lesser grade Pirelli Angel ST tyres instead of the Diablo Rosso. It’s also got 3 spoke wheels instead of the Y-shaped 8 spoke on the 796, plus the handle bar has been raised and widened. The distance between the seat and the handlebars has also been shortened and the foot pegs placed lower to suit the Asian rider. It’s actually very comfortable even for tall riders and you don’t have to lean forward like on the 796, which makes riding in traffic on the Ducati Monster 795 less strenuous on your arms and maneuvering easier. Other ways of lowering costs would be to remove some technological features such as traction control and ABS, which is exactly what Ducati has done. However, despite these differences the 796 and Ducati Monster 795 weigh exactly the same – 167 kilograms.
The main similarity between the Ducati Monster 795 and 796, and the most important one, is the 803cc Desmodromic L-twin engine that produces 85bhp and 78Nm of torque. The engine is also mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the clutch is an APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control. So the main question here would be that since the 796 and Ducati Monster 795 have minor body differences, but sport the same engine, which one performs better? Having already ridden the 796 just prior to the Ducati Monster 795, I can say without a doubt that it’s too close to call this one. In fact, I will go so far as to say that the Ducati Monster 795 performs better for me, mainly because I love the new riding position and the double swing arm works better on Indian roads. There is no lack of power whatsoever and the gear ratios on the Ducati Monster 795 are fantastic. The clutch is also lighter and though the tyres are slightly smaller, they offer good grip levels.
Ducati has done a fantastic job with the Ducati Monster 795 and it lives up to its name. In first gear, you can easily cruise up to 60km/h and stay in first majority of the time, and if you shift into second a tad too early, the entire bike does vibrate a bit. Another area where the Ducati Monster 795 scores more than the 796 is in its engine sound. For some reason, and I am sure many will disagree, the Ducati Monster 795 doesn’t sound like your average Ducati – rumbling high pitch and beautiful. It instead sounds raw, deep and, well, like a throaty cruiser. It is definitely louder than the 796 and again I am sure this is an Asia-specific tweak because we love loud bikes. The Ducati Monster 795 has superb acceleration and you will never be deprived of power. Although the 796 does have slightly quicker acceleration, it is very hard to distinguish the two in terms of power. The Ducati Monster 795 also handles really well and taking sharp turns and even hairpin bends is a breeze. Also, in terms of fuel efficiency, its not all that bad either. If you take it easy on the bike you can average above 20km/l. The digital unit display is tiny and also neatly placed, and it has a speedometer, rev counter, time scheduled maintenance warning, oil temperature, trip fuel, lap time, warning light for low oil pressure, over-rev and immobilizer. The brakes also work effectively, but the rear brake on our test bike seemed like it could have been a bit more communicative.
Overall the bike is just fantastic. It handles well, has great performance, looks menacing and lustful, and it sounds mean and loud, but it is also very comfortable. So in other words the cheaper Ducati Monster 795 made specifically for Asia, and assembled in Asia, is not that different from a Monster 796 which is made in Italy. There has been no negative impact in quality or performance and the price has been lowered and the design has been tweaked to suit our need. And while some people might still say that the price of the bike is too high, I, after careful consideration and after riding the bike, will have to completely disagree. The price is rightly justifiable because it’s a frikin’ Ducati at the end of the day, and just because a minor portion of parts are from Asia doesn’t mean the engineering is any different. There is nothing left to say except “thank you Ducati for giving us this Monster.” Let us know how you liked our Ducati Monster 795 Review In India by leaving a comment below.
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