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2018 Ducati Monster 821

2018 Ducati Monster 821
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  • Ducati Monster 821
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    L-Twin
  • Displacement:
    821 cc
  • Price:
    11995
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The Epitome Of What A Naked Sportbike Should Be

Ducati’s iconic Monster line gets an upgrade with the updated Monster 821. Newly revised for 2018, the Monster 821 benefits from some trickle-down engineering from its big brother, the Monster 1200, and a host of new design touches all its own. A new tank, tail section, headlight and muffler gives it an all-new variation on the classic Monster look with due consideration for the original Monster 900. Duc’s Testastretta L-twin powerplant serves up streetfighter performance with 109 horsepower tucked away in the stable and a host of safety systems to aid the rider in keeping it all under control. Not an entry-level ride by any stretch of the imagination, the Monster 821 does offer an experienced rider a mercurial platform that can shift personalities at the touch of a button for a wide range of conditions and skill levels.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Monster 821.

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2018 Ducati Monster 1200 25° Anniversario

2018 Ducati Monster 1200 25° Anniversario

Gets new livery, solid machined parts, aluminum and carbon-fiber

In 1992, Ducati showcased the Ducati Monster 900 prototype at the Cologne Motor Show, and it became an instant icon. With its boundless personality and audacious nudity, it was a motorcycle that had revolutionized the "naked" bike category. Since then, the Monster range sold like hot cakes and played a major role in the expansion of the Ducati family.

Recently, the model celebrated its 25th anniversary since the original Monster 900 MY1993 hit the streets. And to commemorate the occasion, the chaps at the Borgo Panigale factory have produced a limited edition affair of the flagship Monster 1200 and given it a special color scheme, machined components, high-quality finishing, carbon fiber and a lot of technology. The Ducati Monster 1200 25° Anniversario.

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2018 Ducati Monster 821

2018 Ducati Monster 821

The Epitome Of What A Naked Sportbike Should Be

Ducati’s iconic Monster line gets an upgrade with the updated Monster 821. Newly revised for 2018, the Monster 821 benefits from some trickle-down engineering from its big brother, the Monster 1200, and a host of new design touches all its own. A new tank, tail section, headlight and muffler gives it an all-new variation on the classic Monster look with due consideration for the original Monster 900. Duc’s Testastretta L-twin powerplant serves up streetfighter performance with 109 horsepower tucked away in the stable and a host of safety systems to aid the rider in keeping it all under control. Not an entry-level ride by any stretch of the imagination, the Monster 821 does offer an experienced rider a mercurial platform that can shift personalities at the touch of a button for a wide range of conditions and skill levels.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Monster 821.

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Ducati is planning a big bash for the 25th anniversary of their Monster

Ducati is planning a big bash for the 25th anniversary of their Monster

A world record attempt, a parade and a competition in the cards

The history of Ducati is driven by a unique engineering talent that has always generated motorcycles of unmistakable design and most profound sporting spirit. The Monster is no different. Which is why Ducati has planned a big bash for its 25th anniversary inviting all monsteristi to a Sunday Ride Classic, 24 March at Le Castellet, France.

The busy program includes many other events celebrating Ducati’s naked machine apart from the special celebratory parade. It will include the original Monster 900 MY1993 displayed at the Ducati Museum, an exhibition of special and custom Monsters and various contests.

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Images: Ducati Monster 821 - in the details.

Images: Ducati Monster 821 - in the details.

With the beaming yellow added, the Monster never looked this funky.

Ducati launched an updated Monster 821 a couple of days ago with a historic Ducati Yellow shade borrowed from the Monster 900 of the ’90s; in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the same bike.

As a periodic ritual of refreshing its models, Ducati has given the Monster 821 a minor facelift, which has enhanced both the aesthetic appeal as well as performance while on the go.

With new headlights, tank and tail sections, the Borgo Panigale brand has given this Monster 821 design elements picked up from its elder sibling, the Monster 1200. Here are all the high-resolution photos of the same bike showing clear definitions and highlights if the details.

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Ducati's new Monster 821 gets released out of the cage.

Ducati’s new Monster 821 gets released out of the cage.

Paying homage to the Monster 900 on its 25th Anniversary.

In 1992, Ducati showcased the Ducati Monster 900 prototype at the Cologne Motor Show, and it became an instant icon. With its boundless personality and audacious nudity, it was a motorcycle that had revolutionized the "naked" bike category.

Being the first of the five new models Ducati has planned for 2018, this new 821 is here paying respects to the iconic Monster 900. A bike that was destined to take its rightful place in the history of international motorcycling. Especially for the Borgo Panigale brand.

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2017 - 2018 Ducati Monster 797 / 797 Plus

2017 - 2018 Ducati Monster 797 / 797 Plus

An Approachable Naked Monster

Ducati added to its “Monster” family in 2017 with the accessible and relatively rider-friendly “797” version of its popular naked bike. This ride uses the same 803 cc mill that drives the full-size Scramblers, so while it isn’t a net-new engine, it is a proven one. Dual front brakes with ABS, Pirelli tires and fat Kayaba forks are but some of the features included in what looks to be the closest to an “entry level” ride that the Monster family has managed to date. I was eager to take a look at this new ride ever since it was revealed at the Milan show, and what I see so far does not disappoint. For 2018, the Monster 797 Plus replaces the base model with some extra goodies added in. Join me while I delve into the details to see what Duc has in store for us.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Monster 797 and 797 Plus.

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2015 - 2017 Ducati Monster 821

2015 - 2017 Ducati Monster 821

The Monster Goldilocks Range—Not Too Big And Not Too Small

What does you do when you have a powerful and popular naked sportbike such as the Monster 1200 and a smaller, simplified version of same with an 803 cc powerplant? You simply add a third model, according to Ducati. Introducing the stop-gap Monster 821 siblings. The base model carries many of the genetic markers associated with the Monster range with a 112-horsepower engine and host of electronic gadgets that never made it onto the entry-level 797 model. This plugs a significant gap in its naked Monster lineup and gives us an entry-friendly model with a taste of the refinement typically enjoyed on the larger-displacement rides. Ducati followed up with the race-tastic “Stripe” version that pulls adjustable front-suspension components off the top shelf for another layer of ride-quality control. Something for everyone? Perhaps not, but a damn good compromise between the existing models within the range in many ways.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Monster 821.

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2015 - 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S / 1200 R

2015 - 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S / 1200 R

Back in 1993, Ducati mixed and matched parts it had laying around to put together and called the creation Il Mostro, or Monster, no doubt because of the Frankenstein nature of its construction. The creators couldn’t possibly have predicted the success of the Monster line, or that models under the family umbrella would come to make up over two-thirds of Ducati’s worldwide sales, yet here we are in 2017 and the Monster experiment is still very much alive and well.

Although the Monsters have come with a variety of engine sizes over the years, and Ducati also currently offers an 821 cc version, today I wanted to focus on the base-model Monster 1200, the souped-up street racer “1200 S” and the tracktastic “1200 R” models. So without further ado, let’s check out this most-popular bike from one of the world’s most-recognized brands, and see what this current generation has in store for us.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Monster 1200, 1200 R and 1200 S.

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2015 Ducati Monster 1200 S Stripe

2015 Ducati Monster 1200 S Stripe

Let your instinct drive you. Relish the superb performance, timeless design and cutting-edge technology of a motorcycle with even more aggressive looks thanks to the authentic Ducati Stripe livery and the high mounted Ducati Performance licence plate holder.

Just right to give vent to your real sporty attitude, the Monster 1200 S Stripe has the perfect personality to win each day’s challenges. For those who accept no compromise between style and performance, this is the one.

The model in the photo is equipped with an adjustable-position homologated licence plate holder. In the photo the license plate is mounted in a position that does not conform to current legislation for road riding.

Continue reading for more information on the Ducati Monster 1200 S Stripe.

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Ducati Hits Sales Record in 2014

Ducati Hits Sales Record in 2014

The motorcycle market is as healthy as it’s ever been, at least that’s the case for a number of bike brands have reported increased sales. Ducati is one of them after the Italian bike brand announced its achievement in setting a new company sales record in 2014. For the year, Ducati sold 45,100 bikes, two percent more than the number of bikes it sold in 2013. The 2014 gains also represents the fifth consecutive month Ducati has posted an annual increase. That’s as good a sign as any that more and more consumers are buying Ducatis all around the world.

Ducati experienced steady growth in a number of key markets, most importantly the US, considered as the brand’s largest markets. For the year, American customers bought a total of 8,804 units. Other areas around the world also brought its fair shares of Ducati bikes. In Asia, the company reported setting a new record for most units sold in the continent at 5,787 units, an improvement of 11 percent compared to its 2013 numbers. Thailand, in particular, sold 3,057 units in the year, a dramatic increase of 22 percent year-on-year.

As far as models are concerned, Ducati’s updated Monster line was arguably the biggest reason behind the surge in the company’s sales numbers. In 2014 alone, the Ducati Monster - and all of its derivatives - accounted for 16,409 of the units that were sold all over the world. That accounts for a little more than one-third of the firm’s entire sales figures. Of the 45,100 bikes Ducati sold, 9,788 came from its sports bike lineup with the most popular model being the Panigale 899 (5,806 units sold).

All signs seem to point to improved business numbers for Ducati. But while it did grow in a number of key markets, the company still saw its Europe arm suffer through a three-percent decrease in units sold, settling in at 19,743 units by the end of the year. The company’s own home market in Italy saw a slump in sales amounting to 4,284 units sold, 14 percent worse than its numbers a year ago.

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2014 Ducati Monster 696

2014 Ducati Monster 696

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When you choose to ride the Monster, you are not just choosing a bike, but an entire lifestyle. A desire to experience the exhilaration of naked power from an iconic motorcycle. 2014 Ducati Monster 696 Key Features:
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An immensely strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame is the visual and structural backbone of the 696 and 796 Monsters. Delivering rigidity with minimal mass, the frame design is pure Ducati in its (...)

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2014 Ducati Monster 795

2014 Ducati Monster 795

The Ducati Monster 795 was specially developed for the adrenaline-hungry riders. Its style screams power and demands instant respect, while the massive tires are ready to bite the asphalt with pose.

The motorcycle is built around an 803cc, L-Twin, air cooled engine with 2 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder. The unit generates a maximum power o 64kW (87 CV) at 8250 rpm and 78 Nm (8 Kgm) of torque at 6250 Rpm. The engine is fueled by a 15 liters fuel tank (13.5 liters on the ABS version) and is mated to a 6-speed transmission with APTC wet multiplate clutch.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame which sits on front 43mm upside-down forks and a rear progressive linkage suspension with preload and rebound adjustable monoshock.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include a triple-parabola headlight, LED taillights and front and rear disc brakes.

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2014 Ducati Monster 796 Corse Stripe

2014 Ducati Monster 796 Corse Stripe

With its bold style and modern technologies, the Ducati Monster 796 Corse Stripe is ready to deal with anything you ask of it with poise.

This Italian beauty is powered by an 803cc, L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled engine. Fire it up and you will be assaulted by a maximum output of 64 KW (87 Hp) at 8,250 Rpm and 78 Nm (58 Lb-Ft) of torque at 6,250 Rpm. The engine’s power is kept under control by a six speed transmission which is combined with an APTC wet multiplate clutch.

The engine is housed by a strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame which apart from the fact that it offers a great handling it also looks great.

Thanks to the intensive use of lightweight materials Ducati’s engineers have managed to obtain a wet weight of only 187kg (412lb).

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2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S

The Ducati Monster was always a great choice for naked-model lovers and the 1200 S is one of the most wanted models in this lineup.

Refined and strong, the Ducati Monster 1200 S is propelled by a Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine which delivers a maximum output of 108.2 KW (145 Hp) at 8,750 Rpm and 124.5 Nm (91.8 Lb-Ft) of torque at 7,250 Rpm. The unit is fed by a 17.5 liters fuel tank and needs to deal with a wet weight of 209 kg.

To be able to delivers first class performances, the motorcycle needed a set of performance-oriented technologies. Therefore, Ducati packed its bike with a comprehensive list of features which includes Riding Modes, Power Modes, DSP Ducati Safety Pack (ABS + DTC), Ride by Wire, Performance Package, passanger handles and seat cover, an anti-theft system and DDA.

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2014 Ducati Monster 796

2014 Ducati Monster 796

The Ducati Monster 796 is one of the most versatile Monsters built by the Italian manufacturer. The motorcycle is propelled by a lightweight Desmodue engine which delivers 84hp (64kW) at 8250rpm of power and 58lb-ft (78Nm) of torque at 6250rpm. The unit is combined with a six speed transmission which comes with a APTC ‘wet’ clutch for enhanced performances.

The engine is mounted on a lightweight Tubular Steel Trellis frame which sits on 43 mm upside down forks and a rear adjustable monoshock. You also get a pair of 17 inch, five spokes light alloy wheels shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres which are a perfect match for sporty riding.

Other features offered by the Ducati Monster 796 include front and rear disc brakes, digital instrumentation, ABS and a 15 liters fuel tank.

The bike can be yours for $11,695.

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2014 Ducati Monster 1200

2014 Ducati Monster 1200

Ducati has fully revealed its new 2014 Monster 1200. The motorcycle has an aggressive character and is propelled by the Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine with a displacement of 1198.4cc. The engine delivers a maximum output of 100.7 kW (135 hp) @ 8,750 rpm and 118 Nm (87 lb-ft) of torque @ 7,250 rpm. The unit is fed by a 17.5 liters fuel tank and is mated to a six speed gearbox with slipper clutch.

The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 weighs 209 kg and its backbone is represented by a trellis frame which is directly attached to the engine.

Other features include Brembo brakes, hydraulic clutch, ride by wire and a TFT display. You also get an adjustable seat, Ducati’s Safety Pack (DSP), LED lights and a low mounted number plate.

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1995 Ducati 600M Monster

1995 Ducati 600M Monster

By the early 1990s, Ducati was completely involved in building sport bikes, so the launch of the M900 Monster at the Cologne show in October 1992 was quite a surprise. Yet its pedigree was unimpeachable; it was the first “naked” bike or “street fighter,” as they are now known. The frame was adapted from the 851/888 design, with an upright seating position and no fairing. It was an immediate success, and a 600-cc version was launched in 1994 in red or yellow. Testers managed a top speed of 109 mph, with a quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds at 97 mph. This iconic design has evolved in the past 17 years, but its basic simplicity is much admired. This is a solid example of an early 600-cc Monster, few of which come to market, as owners tend to keep them and just buy a bigger one. This bike has custom paint, a fly screen and carbon-fibre mudguards.

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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo

2012 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo

The Ducati Monster 1100EVO is one of the most capable sport motorcycles in Ducati’s lineup. The bike offers a perfect mix of modern technologies, racy handling and sporty performances.

Power comes from a two-valve engine which features a crankcase that significantly reduces its overall weight. They are produced using the same innovative Vacural® technology that Ducati previously applied only to Supersport models. The engine rewards you with a maximum output of 100 hp @ 7500 rpm and 76 lb. ft of torque at 6000 rpm.

Apart from its strong engine, the bike is also very comfortable thanks to its total steering angle of 64 degrees, an extremely intuitive and ergonomic handle position and the tapered and deeply sculpted fuel tank.

The Monster 1100EVO features a set of sport tuned suspensions which consist of Marzocchi 43mm fully adjustable usd forks and rear Sachs adjustable monoshocks.

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2012 Ducati Monster 796

2012 Ducati Monster 796

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.

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2013 Ducati Monster 795

2013 Ducati Monster 795

The Ducati Monster was born in 1992 and since its inception is managed to gain the icon status relativelly fast. Featuring a bold design language and packed with a strong powerplant, the first Monster 900 was highly appreciated for its sporty handling and the perfect body balance.

After more than 20 years the Monster story continues and now the family includes a wider range of models, so you can choose your perfect bike. Among them you’ll find the Monster 795, a bike that shares many components with its sportier sibling, the Monster 1100EVO.

The riding position of the Monster 795 has been specifically designed to offer a high level of comfort and the seat height is only 770mm (30.3in). The bike is fitted with a pair of lightweight 3-spoke aluminium alloy wheels wrapped in front 120/60ZR and rear 160/60ZR rubbers.

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2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO 20th Anniversary

2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO 20th Anniversary

The Monster 1100EVO is one of the most appreciated models in its segment and to make it even more competitive, Ducati decided to improve it for the year 2013.

The new 2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO is packed with advanced electronics and modern features which include ABS, LED taillights, Ducati Traction Control, a modern instrument panel and lightweight ten spoke wheels.

The bike’s design was also improved and now comes with a sharper rear end, vertically stacked silencers, reshaped license plate holder and new passenger pegs.

At the heart of the 2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO lies a slightly tweaked 1078cc, L-Twin cylinder, air cooled engine which cranks out 100CV (73,5kW) @ 7500rpm and 10,5kgm (103Nm) @ 6000rpm. The engine is combined with a completely revised 2-1-2 routing exhaust system with two aggressive low level cannon-style, vertically stacked silencers.

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2013 Ducati Monster 696 20th Anniversary

2013 Ducati Monster 696 20th Anniversary

The 696 is the smallest member in the Monster family and is packed with a Desmodue, 696 cc, L-Twin cylinder, air cooled engine which offers a maximum output of 80 hp @ 9000 rpm and 50.6lb-ft @ 7750rpm and is paired with a six speed transmission.

Like its bigger siblings the Ducati Monster 696 is fitted with the APTC ‘wet’ clutch which improves stability under aggressive down-shifting. Moreover, the bike features the same lightweight tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame found at the Monster 1100 and 796 models.

When designing the Monster 696 Ducati’s engineers have spent a lot of time to carefully refine the bike’s ergonomics. Thereby elements like the fuel tank, seat height and the steering lock were especially designed to maximize comfort.

The 20th Anniversary edition is offered with a series of distinctive features such as the 1986 Ducati logo, the same colors as the 1992 Monster 900 and 90s style wing mirrors.

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2013 Ducati Monster 796 20th Anniversary

2013 Ducati Monster 796 20th Anniversary

The 2013 796 is one of the newest members of the Monster family and like is siblings, it offers a perfect mix between sports performances, dynamic design and daily riding pleasure. The 796 is situated between the 696 and 1100 models and combines the comfort of the first with the sportiness of the second.

The bike weighs just 167 kg and is equipped with an 803 cc L-Twin cylinder, air cooled engine, which delivers a 87hp @ 8250rpm and 58lb-ft o torque at 6250rpm. The 2013 model features a new crankshaft assembly which uses a lightweight 848-type flywheel and has a 66mm stroke instead of the 696’s 57.2mm.

The Ducati Monster 796 is built on a strong, but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame, combined with a 43 mm Marzocchi upside down stanchion fork, which provides 120 mm of wheel travel. Talking about the wheels, they feature a 5-spoke configuration and are fitted with front 120/70ZR and rear 180/55ZR tires.

The 20th Anniversary edition feature the original wing mirrors found at the first Monster and the original 1986 Ducati logo placed on the tank.

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2013 Ducati Monster Diesel

2013 Ducati Monster Diesel

The Ducati Monster Diesel is based on the sporty 1100 Evo. The bike features a sharper design language thanks to its repositioned silencers, the new lightweight rims and the sporty passenger pegs.

Compared to the Monster 1100, the new Diesel model is slightly lighter weighting 169 kg. The lower weight is combined with a strong 100 engine which rewards you with a maximum output of 100 hp @ 7500 rpm and 76 lb.ft @ 6000rpm.

The bike’s comes with 43mm upside down fully adjustable Marzocchi front forks and a rear Sachs suspension which offers adjustable spring pre-load and return damping.

To help you stop the bike in complete safety, Ducati equipped it with a strong Brembo system which feature front four-piston radial callipers and twin 320 mm discs, and a rear 2-piston calliper operating on a 245mm disc.

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2001 Ducati Monster S4R

2001 Ducati Monster S4R

When Ducati launched the the first-generation Monster bikes - the M900 in 1993, the M600 in 1994, and the M750 in 1995 - it paved way to a new line of naked street fighters that was to become a Ducati staple in the coming years.

The Monster was designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi, who built the bike at the behest of Massimo Bordi. He once said that this bike was what Marlon Brando would have ridden in The Wild One, had he been able to get one.

The Ducati Monster then paved the way for this particular bike, the Monster S4R, which made its debut in 2001 packing a 916 cc liquid-cooled DOHC Desmo V-twin engine with a six-speed transmission, semi-floating Brembo disc brakes, light wheels, and Showa inverted forks.

This particular bike is the actual test mule in which the 916 motor was fitted, when the project was being developed. It’s extremely rare for a developmental bike to come to market, especially one with such an obviously low set of matching numbers.

At the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, the bike was sold at a price of €2,340, which is about $2,900 based on current exchange rates.

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2012 Ducati Monster 795

2012 Ducati Monster 795

Ducati’s ’less-is-more’ philosophy behind all of its Monster line bikes underlines the Italian bikemaker’s never-ending pursuit of genuinely compact, high performance motorcycles. But what’s really impressive is that these new models have succeeded in being even more ’pared down’ than their predecessors.

Every single component on the new Ducati Monster 795 has been redesigned and redeveloped so it’s become far more imposing than what it already is.

Visually, the Monster 795 now features a simple digital instrumentation that provides an array of data on command or, at a glance, just speed and revs. Everything you need to know while riding this Monster, including scheduled maintenance warning, oil temperature, trip odometer, lap time, fuel reserve, warning light for low oil pressure, turn signals, over-rev warning, immobilizer and neutral warning light, is already at your disposal.

The digital display is programmed with a stopwatch function that, when enabled, can be triggered by using the high-beam flash button and each recorded time stored in a memory.

At the heart of the Monster 795 is Ducati’s legendary 803cc L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled engine that produces an unmistakable 87 horsepower while also providing enough torque to exit the most challenging of corners. The impressive torque, typical of the Ducati L-Twin engines, will excite with every twist of the throttle, while also giving riders the unmistakable performance credentials that could only come from a Ducati.

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Diesel Ducati Monster Launched

Diesel Ducati Monster Launched

Believe it or not, Ducati has launched a Diesel Monster 1100 EVO. Trust us though, it’s not what you think. When we say Diesel, we’re speaking of the Italian clothing brand that sponsors the Ducati Team in MotoGP and has also launched a Ducati apparel collection so that riders can look fashionable on their new bike.

The 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo was launched alongside the apparel collection on March 15, 2012 at the Diesel store in Soho, New York City. Ducati calls the bike "urban military chic." The exclusive ’Diesel Brave Green matte’ paint on the tank and rear fairing delivers a rugged military vehicle feel, especially while set against the black that covers almost every other part. To pay homage to the bike’s racing heritage, the shock and the Brembo calipers are painted yellow. Expect this bike to set you back a cool $13,795.

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the 2012 Ducati Monster Diesel 1100 EVO.

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2012 Ducati Monster 696

2012 Ducati Monster 696

The name pretty much says it all as far as this Ducati super bike is concerned. The Monster 696 is a true beast of the open road, complete with a ’less-is-more’ philosophy that underlines Ducati’s never-ending pursuit of a genuinely compact, high performance motorcycle.

Every single component of the Monster 696 has been redesigned and redeveloped to adhere to the tried-and-tested adage of form following function. The Monster’s radical styling has also provided the inspiration for an entire after-market sector specializing in hot-rod parts for this legendary machine. For this reason, rarely do you see two Monsters the same.

In terms of performance, the Monster 696 is no slouch. It comes packed with a 696cc L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled engine that produces inane levels of power and torque numbers. To complement the unbridled rage of the Monster 696, Ducati put in an APTC ‘wet’ clutch that gives a ‘slipper’ type action, preventing destabilizing of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, a great benefit in stop-start city traffic or during longer journeys. Meanwhile, the 21-plate oil-bath clutch (11 friction and 10 steel) represents a power-enhancing weight reduction over the ‘dry’ system as well as having a quieter operation and requiring less maintenance.

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.

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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO

2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO

Ducati will be unveiling the 2012 Monster 1100 EVO at the New York International Motorcycle Show (IMS). This new model will be the new flagship for the air-cooled Monster family and sales will begin in the Summer 2011 at a price of $11,995.

The 2012 Ducati Monster 110 EVO is powered by a 100 HP Desmodue Evoluzione engine - the most powerful air cooled Ducati ever. The new 1100 EVO is offered with the new "Ducati Safety Pack", a simple and effective combination of adjustable Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and ABS brakes designed to aid rider safety. Also the new APTC wet clutch which ensures quiet operation and long life will be on the equipment list.

The new APTC wet clutch works with a race-like ‘slipper’ system which reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting, and compared with other wet clutch used so far by Ducati, features an additional cush-drive damper mechanism which smoothes the repeated transition from drive to over-run during stop-start traffic.

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Video: Ducati Monster 696 color change

Video: Ducati Monster 696 color change

Take a look at Ducati’s video showing how easy owners can change the color of their Monster 696s with only a screwdriver and different body panels and front fender. These lasts are all part of a special kit that Ducati offers for the middleweight Monster only and there are 13 different colors available. Color therapy indeed.

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Ducati Monster Art episode II – Logomania [w/video]

Ducati Monster Art episode II – Logomania [w/video]

Ducati has just introduced their 2010 Monster 796 and together with it a second episode of the Monster Art project. Called “Logomania”, this episode pays tribute to famous Ducati logos and colour schemes from the brand’s early days.

Ducati seems to know just how important it is for Monster owners to make a bike really theirs, so while last year they offered the posibility for riders to totally change the visual of their bikes with clip-on tanks, tail-pieces, fenders and bikini fairings, the Bologna company now makes sure everybody enjoys a factory customized model just like they would have ordered it to a custom painter themselves.

The whole idea behind the all-new Ducati Monster 796 is to increase the profit of the Monster lineup and the second Monster Art episode is just another way to help themselves achieve that. What’s best, owners love it. Click past the break for the Ducati Monster Logomania video as well as the list of color schemes available.

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2010 Ducati Monster 796

2010 Ducati Monster 796

Ducati has just confirmed rumors related to the introduction of an all-new Italian naked by adding the Monster 796 to their 2010 model lineup. The big news follows Ducati’s poor Monster 1100 sells as the biggest Monster of them all gets close to the race-spec Streetfighter’s pricing range. Also taking in consideration the fact that the Monster 696 doesn’t have enough juice to keep the good stuff coming for more experienced riders, the need was felt for a middle solution, NOT a new middleweight model. So here it is.

The new bike came to life after Ducati combined the chassis of the big Monster with the 2010 Hypermotard 796 engine. We must say the Borgo Panigale manufacturer has great expectations from their in-between solution, which they claim being "the perfect synthesis between sports performances, aesthetics and daily riving pleasure."

While we cannot contradict them in any way, we’ll just have to let the numbers speak for themselves: 87hp and 58 lb-ft of torque coming from the 803cc, two-valve, air-cooled twin, all while weighing in at a 369 lbs dry. Optional ABS will add 4 lbs to the standard weight figure. Bodywork colors available for when the bike is supposed to hit Europe’s dealerships this April are Ducati Red, Arctic White, or Diamond Black Silk, all with the red frame and black wheels. Considering the €8990 European pricing, the 2010 Ducati Monster 796 shouldn’t start at more than $10K in the United States.

This new Duck has gone from rumor to fact in a very short time and it is all thanks to Ducati’s variety of “donor bikes” that helped put it together. This means little investment for the Italian company and more profit, definitely the theoretical way to rise up overall sales of the Monster lineup. Factual, we’ll just have to wait and see. Hit the jump for the official video and full specs.

Update: Press Release is also attached after the jump.

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2010 Ducati Monster 1100/1100 S

2010 Ducati Monster 1100/1100 S

Ducati launched the new Monster 1100 and the 1100S version in a smart move that increased the Monster lineup to three members (if you count the Monster 696), each one offering a new kind of excitement. This was the first out of ten new models that Ducati announced to launch until 2010.

The TopSpeed team counts more than a few Ducati fans and we simply couldn’t abstain ourselves from seeing what the big Monsters are up to this year. Check them out.

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2010 Ducati Monster 696

2010 Ducati Monster 696

Ducati can say they’ve introduced their latest generation middleweight Monster with the 696 not more than a year ago, but there are always founds ways to upgrade the nimble Italian legend and for 2010 they offer optional ABS. So it was about time to reconnect with the Monster’s versatile character in order to come up with a report and the fact that the 2010 model year is a very light and powerful naked only spices things up a little bit.

Retaining the very essence of a Monster, the 696 blends beauty with comfort and practicability. The result is an overall better performing and more attractive looking Italian naked with a famous name that is better than any possible commercial.

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Ducati Monster – the chick magnet

Ducati Monster – the chick magnet

We often hear people saying that, looked from above, the Ducati Monster has the general shape of a woman. Although, we didn’t go the whole way with the investigation, de decided to add a few “interesting” photos so that you can make your own and best idea about the bike and that possible resemblance with the shape of the sinuous woman body.

To be honest, this is no more or less than a reason to add these cool sexy pics, so enjoy the photo gallery!

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Smashing into gates with a Ducati Monster

Smashing into gates with a Ducati Monster

Although you might laugh, this motorcycle crash video (caught by the security camera) isn’t entirely funny. It shows a man riding his Ducati Monster and apparently attempting to perform a stoppie. His attempt is unsuccessful and he ends up smashing into not so bone-friendly security gates.

We feel sorry for his idiocy and hope he didn’t suffer sever injury!

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Ducati Monster 1100 SE by Rever Corsa & Christian Audigier

Ducati Monster 1100 SE by Rever Corsa & Christian Audigier

Christian Audigier has teamed up with Rever Corsa to create a special edition Ducati Monster 1100. The bike’s choice is anything but random. Given the fact that the fashion designer worked at a Lamborghini Murcielago and a Ferrari F430 Calavera in the past, the bike simply had to be made in Italy and what better choice than a new, big and red Monster model on which the dragon-tiger and gold paint to be applied.

The few but stylish touches of magic radically enhance the already consecrated Monster looks and show how unique style always comes at a cost. In this case, we’re talking about a $55,000 price tag for the limited edition Italian piece of motoring.

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Color Therapy – Ducati's first Monster Art Project

Color Therapy – Ducati’s first Monster Art Project

Ducati’s Color Therapy project, the first in the “Monster Art” series has come to offer owners the possibility to customize their Ducati Monster 696 before even buying it. By offering the painted body parts available in a range of lively new colors, they’re set to suit every taste and even make the bike look like a brand new version. Just what the Monster needed.

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Ducati Monster 1100 Troy Bayliss Replica

Ducati Monster 1100 Troy Bayliss Replica

A Ducati dealer in France was inspired by the Australian World Superbike Championship to create a limited edition Monster Bayliss Replica. Apart from the special paintjob, features such as the Termignoni carbon silencers and the multitude of carbon fiber units are there to enhance the racy look of the still naked bike. The price rises to as much as 15,900 euros or $20,600 because exclusivity always comes at a high price.

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Win a Ducati Monster 696 with Pro Italia's Fall Charity Raffle

Win a Ducati Monster 696 with Pro Italia’s Fall Charity Raffle

The friends from Pro Italia are raffling a new 2009 Ducati M696 to benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Tickets are $25 each (or buy 5 chances for $100) and limited to 500 total. Tickets are available in their online store or in their Los Angeles showroom.

Tickets are available now until October 24th. The winner will be announced on the 26th of October at the annual Love Ride in Pomona. The first prize winner will win a 2009 Ducati Monster 696 (MSRP $8,995) and the second prize winner will receive an America leather jacket from Vanson (a $550.00 value).

For more information go to —> http://www.proitalia.com

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Ducati Monster 1100 in the first official video

Ducati Monster 1100 in the first official video

Having released the official photos of the 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 only a few days ago, the Italian house now launches the first official video in order to keep fans hooked in expectancy of the Intermot show in Cologne a week from now.

The bike is expected to be a huge success in Europe and, as you can see, the action takes place on winding roads of the old continent.

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Ducati Monster transforms into angry cattish

Ducati Monster transforms into angry cattish

This summer we presented to you the “Best way to run for your life”, but this new post is not about running, but all about camouflaging and easily making your way through the urban jungle.

A feline among motorcycles, this unique approach towards a Ducati Monster can seem the result of inspiring paintjob, but taking a look closer you’ll notice how the gummy gas tank stands for the chest and the rear end for the butt. Everything in between is also meant to copy the shape of a tiger. The nicest touch is indeed the long tail, but I also like to think that the dual exhaust system is meant to look like the beast’s feet in full stretch in a chase for prey. Even the sidestand has the shape of a paw!

By this time you must be wondering if the bike’s name isn’t by any chance Shere Khan and the lucky owner is Mowgli, but I would have to disappoint you by saying that it was simply called the Ducati Tiger and the lucky owner is named Steve Metz.

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The Ducati Monster S4R 1098 in the French Vision.

The Ducati Monster S4R 1098 in the French Vision.

Is the Ducati range about to add another member to the already impressive number? Apparently, the Italian maker prepares an ultimate version of the Monster, one that will be powered by a 1098cc twin-cylinder engine and blow everything away with its extreme design. Colors will be Red, Black and White but, more important, Marchesini provides the forks and Brembo the brakes. Wait and see what happens, but we already know that nothing can go wrong with such a project. At least, there are no clues to reflect that.

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Monster 696 Open Week

Monster 696 Open Week

Ducati will dedicate a whole week to its new Monster 696 model starting the 10th of May and ending on the 17th. As it was named, the “Open Week”, plans on being the best opportunity for fans to try the new naked bike, going from the nearest dealer among those members.
Even though completely redesigned and reengineered, the Monster 696 manages to retain its unique look, character and feel that have had the defining role in its great presence on the world’s market along these years.
So what (...)

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Ducati Monster 696: New Colors Announced

Ducati Monster 696: New Colors Announced

Ducati presents two new color options for the also new Monster 696 a modern naked best characterized by agility, performance and especially Italian styling.
In order to better show the bike’s fine lines, the manufacturer decided that apart from the traditional Ducati Red, the Monster should also feature the Pearl White and Dark Black paintjobs.
The Pearl White paintjob, already seen on the 848 Superbike makes the bike’s sinuous lines stand out even more and plans on increasing the model’s (...)

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Ducati Monster 696 unveiled in Seattle

Ducati Monster 696 unveiled in Seattle

Ducati fans and owners who live in the Pacific Northwest got a surprise visitor this week—the all new 2008 Monster 696.
The motorcycle was shipped directly from Italy via special airfreight and is scheduled to be on display at the Seattle International Motorcycle Show and featured in the Ducati booth.
Prior to being placed in the show, the motorcycle visited three area dealerships, much to the delight of hundreds of Ducati owners and enthusiasts. The first dealership to show the bike was (...)

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Ducati Monster 696: first North American appearance

Ducati Monster 696: first North American appearance

Revealed to the world 11 days ago at the 65th International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, the next generation Monster 696 will make its first North American appearance at three select Northwest Ducati dealerships during the week leading up to the Seattle round of the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows.
The Monster 696 is here! The focus of thousands of internet forum postings and endless hours of discussion since its unveiling, the time for speculation is over—the 696 must be (...)

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2008 Ducati Monster 696

2008 Ducati Monster 696

The new Ducati Monster 696 is the next generation naked and the final word in urban excitement.

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2006 Ducati Monster 620 Dark

2006 Ducati Monster 620 Dark

The 620 Dark - with its matte finish and clean lines - captures the essence of the Monster style, as well as offering outstanding value. Only available in twin disc version with 6 gears for the U.S. market.

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