The new Ducati Monster 796 combines the comfort of the 696 with the sporty personality of the 1100. The motorcycle is powered by a 803 cc L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled engine which cranks out 87 hp @ 8250 rpm and 58 lb.ft of torque at 6250 rpm. The engine needs to deal with a total weight of only 167 kg, so you can expect to a breathtaking acceleration. The engine is Euro 3 compliant and is paired with a six speed gearbox.
The ride quality is assured by a rear Sachs monoshock unit and a sporty front Marzocchi 43mm upside-down fork.
All elements are mounted on a strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminum rear sub-frame. A separate, all aluminum sub-frame saves weight and adds a pleasing continuity with the aluminum footrest hangers and matte finished swingarm.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Ducati Monster 796.
The 796 engine is a completely brand new, lightweight Desmodue power unit designed to provide the torquey, smooth and enjoyable character famous of all Desmodromic L-Twins.
The new crankcases hug the gearbox internals much closer to create a smaller and more compact outer profile and achieve considerable weight savings over previous cases.
Providing a deep and rich exhaust tone within current noise and emissions regulations is no mean feat, but the Monster definitely provides the L-Twin sound famous of Ducati. Its bold, high-level twin mufflers also make a striking style statement.
The exhaust system on Monster 796 has one Lambda probe dedicated to each cylinder, enabling precise fuelling for a smoother power delivery as well as complying with current emission regulations.
At the rear, a Sachs monoshock unit with progressive linkage provide a wide spectrum of both spring and damping settings.
The Monster 796 features a new seat designed with a comfort-enhancing shape, further accentuated with stylish red stitching.
Furthermore, the rear sub-frame has been constructed ready to accept the new accessory grab-handles designed not only to provide a confidence-inspiring grip for the passenger, but also to blend into the natural line of the rear-end.
An immensely strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame is the visual and structural backbone of the Monster. Delivering unparalleled rigidity with minimal mass, the chassis design is pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity. A separate, all aluminium sub-frame saves weight and adds a pleasing continuity with the aluminium footrest hangers and matte finished swingarm.
A LED rear light unit satisfies the minimalist, weight-saving design ethos found throughout the Monster 796. The specially designed strip of LEDs are enhanced by a special diffuser lens to deliver outstanding light clarity and incredible longevity.
Refined and sophisticated, the Monster 796 is proud to show its unmistakable style as the ‘Italian ambassador’ in the world of motorcycling.
The large diameter tube construction flows into the cast aluminium rear sub-frame which matches the matte black rear swingarm and footrest hangers.
The 17" wheels in the five ‘Y-shape’ mount a stylish pin-stripe for 60° of the circumference of the rim which creates a full circle of red when in motion.
The bright white illuminated display, the stylish red stitching of the new seat, the italian flag and the new Ducati logo on the front mudguard complete the clean and minimalist style of this new urban icon.
The Monster 796 has enhanced comfort and control with 20mm higher bar-risers gripping sturdy tapered section aluminium handlebars.
Integral type Brembo master cylinders are used for both the clutch and brake systems and maintain a clean handlebar arrangement for the rider. They are fitted with user-friendly 4-point adjustable levers that provide easy-to-reach control for all hand sizes and the APTC clutch offers a super-light lever action ideal for use in the city.
|ENGINE TYPE||L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled|
|BORE X STROKE||88 x 66 mm|
|POWER||64kW - 87hp @ 8250rpm|
|TORQUE||8.0kgm - 58lb-ft @ 6250rpm|
|FUEL INJECTION||Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body|
|EXHAUST||Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter with twin lambda probes|
|RATIO||1st 32/13, 2nd 30/18, 3rd 28/21, 4th 26/23, 5th 22/22, 6th 24/26|
|PRIMARY DRIVE||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1|
|FINAL DRIVE||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39|
|CLUTCH APTC||wet multiplate with hydraulic control|
|EMISSIONS||Euro 3 (Europe version) - USA: follows the US Federal Regulation|
|FRAME||Tubular steel Trellis frame|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Marzocchi 43mm upside-down forks|
|FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL||120mm (4.7in)|
|FRONT WHEEL||Y-shaped, 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x17|
|FRONT TYRE||120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Progressive linkage with preload and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshock|
|REAR WHEEL TRAVEL||148mm (5.8in)|
|REAR WHEEL||Y-shaped, 5-spoke in light alloy 5.50 x 17|
|REAR TYRE||180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso|
|FRONT BRAKE||2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston radial caliper|
|REAR BRAKE||245mm disc, 2-piston caliper|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||15l - 3.8gallon (US) / 13.5l - 3.6gallon (US) ABS version|
|DRY WEIGHT||167kg (369lb) / 169kg (373lb) ABS version|
|INSTRUMENTS||Digital unit displaying: Speedometer, rev counter, clock, scheduled maintenance warning, oil temperature, trip fuel, lap time, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, fuel reserve, neutral, turn signals, overrev, immobilizer. Ready for DDA system.|
|WARRANTY||2 years unlimited mileage|
|BODY COLOUR (FRAME/WHEEL)||Red (red / back) - Arctic white silk (red / back) - Diamond black silk (red / back) - Monster Art colours (red / back)|
|SEAT HEIGHT||800mm (31.5in)|
|DDA||DDA system-ready for Ducati Performance accessory|
|DTC||Not available on this model|
|ABS||Available upon request|
Popular Mechanics----"From its stripped-down styling and tubular trellis frame to its exposed L-twin engine and large dual exhaust cans, the Monster 796’s road presence is all about elemental simplicity. Those raw visual cues recall an era when you could see through motorcycles, and they’re backed up with simple mechanical underpinnings such as an air-cooled engine that incorporates the same desmodromic valve setup that Ducati has used for decades."
Ultimate Motorcycling----"Powering the 796 is an 803cc L-Twin, which features 11:1 compression ratio (compared to the 696’s 1.7:1), and a lightweight flywheel similar to the one in the 848EVO, which helps to maximize power and torque."