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.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Ducati Monster 796 20th Anniversary.

  • 2013 Ducati Monster 796 20th Anniversary
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
  • Transmission:
    6 speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    87 @ 8250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    58 @ 6250
  • Energy:
    Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
  • Displacement:
    803 cc
  • Price:


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The Monster 796 is the perfect synthesis between sports performances, aesthetics and daily riding pleasure. Cared for in each single detail, it is the ideal bike for each riding style and represents the utmost evolution of the Monster family.


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Less is Monster

The ’less-is-more’ philosophy behind all Monsters underlines Ducati’s never-ending pursuit of genuinely compact, high performance motorcycles, but these new models have succeeded in being even more ’pared down’ than their predecessors.

Every single component has been redesigned and redeveloped so now more than ever, form follows function. With any details detracting from the Monster concept being eliminated, ’less-is-more’ also means ’less-is-Monster’. Less weight plus more torque equals fun-filled riding.

Monster Story

In 1992 Ducati unveiled a new prototype that was to become an icon. Ducati’s creation awed the crowds and the world’s media of that year’s Cologne International Motorcycle show. The 900 Monster was a motorcycle that created a truly new niche - dramatically styled, minimalist in stature yet bristling with innovative engineering solutions. The Monster’s radical styling has also provided the inspiration for an entire after-market sector specialising in hot-rod parts for this legendary machine. For this reason, rarely do you see two Monsters the same. This radical and refreshing design departure also influenced other manufacturers but, as the old adage states: imitation is the highest form of flattery... The Monster is characterised by a long and successful history, by its introduction during the years of numerous cylinders and uncountable colour options, but above all by a constant technological evolution that this year brings us to the birth of the last version: the Monster 1100EVO, "The Ultimate Monster".

Urban Icon

The Monster family introduces the 796, an exciting addition to the line-up that combines the user-friendliness of the 696 with the sports character of the 1100. Delivering 87hp (64kW), a dry weight of just 167kg (368lb) and optional ABS, the stylish new Monster 796 returns the magic of mid-range to the Monster family.

With the brand new Desmodue 796 engine at the heart of the machine, a single-sided swingarm and revised ergonomics, the Monster 796 perfectly balances lifestyle performance with everyday functionality to enhance the original Monster spirit.

Dressed in Ducati red, arctic white silk or diamond black silk with a bright red Trellis frame, the Monster 796 can be further personalised with an additional 10 colour schemes available in ‘Logomania’ the innovative Monster Art program.

The Monster 796 opens a new road to the world of Ducati Monster and becomes the ‘urban icon’ of hand-built Italian naked motorcycles.


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796 Desmodue

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.

Exhaust System

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.

APTC Clucth

The APTC ‘wet’ clutch gives a ‘slipper’ type action that prevents 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. 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.

Power and Torque curves

The Monster 796 produces 84hp (64kW)@ 8250rpm of power and a torque to 58lb-ft (78Nm) @ 6250rpm.

Lightweight crankcases

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.


The crankshaft assembly uses a lightweight 848-type flywheel and has a 66mm stroke instead of the 696’s 57.2mm.


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Mosnter Trellis

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.

Marzocchi forks

Outstanding grip and unbeatable riding comfort are ensured by a 43 mm Marzocchi upside down stanchion fork, which provides 120 mm of suspension travel.

Lightweight 5-spoke wheels

The extremely lightweight aluminium alloy Y-shaped, 5-spoke wheels reduce unsprung weight and improve agility. The 3.50x17 front wheel is fitted with a 120/70ZR tyre while the rear 5.50x17 wheel has a 180/55ZR. The result is lightweight, precise steering that is extremely responsive at all speeds while giving the vehicle exceptional stability.

Lightweight construction

Every carefully selected component of the Monster 696 has a net benefit to the overall light weight of the machine. The dry weight of 161kgs (355lb) has dramatic effects on not just manoeuvrability and ease of use, but also by contributing directly to increased performance, braking and acceleration.

Single-sided swingarm

The beautifully shaped single-sided swingarm gives the Monster a ‘tough’ look while ensuring higher rigidity, reduced weight and enhanced road holding.

The swingarm is chill-cast using aluminium in its most noble form. Gravity cast and heat treated, the component achieves the best mechanical characteristics as well as reduced final weight for improved handling.


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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. After your journey or track session, the times or lap times can be recalled from the memory and scrolled through by using the instrumentation buttons on the left-hand switchgear.

LED tailight

An LED rear light unit satisfies the minimalist, weight-saving design ethos found throughout the Monster 696. The specially designed strip of LED are enhanced by a special diffuser lens to deliver outstanding light clarity and incredible longevity.

For the Monster 1100EVO, even the license plate light uses LED technology.

Empowering Controls

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.


The triple-parabola headlight on the Monster utilises the latest optical technology and advanced construction techniques to provide an incredibly compact lighting package. In spite of its compact size, the headlight throws a broad and deep beam to provide excellent visibility and make night riding safer. Viewed from the side, its discrete silhouette mimics the radical shape of the fuel tank.

Monster Style

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.

DDA Ready

The instrument display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance. The bike has been built ‘system-ready’ for the data acquisition kit, which consists of special DDA software and a memory key that slots into a plug under the seat. The same plug also doubles as the connection for a handy new battery charger available as an accessory from Ducati Performance.

M796 ABS

The Ducati Monster 796 is available with ABS (anti-lock braking system).

Unlike the majority of motorcycle ABS set-ups, this system has the advantage of ensuring a more natural braking ‘feel’ for the rider.

The Monster 796 ABS is equipped with ABS, the single seat cover and the neat micro-bikini fairing.

20th Anniversary

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90s Style wing mirrors

The celebration of Monster’s twentieth anniversary is all about the details. The Monster 20th Anniversary models feature the original wing mirrors, with their unmistakable 90s look, the same ones that were fitted of the first Monster.

Logo Ducati 1986

The Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary series is enhanced by the original style of the Ducati logo introduced in 1986, which appears in clear view on the tank, along with the name Monster, it too with a markedly vintage taste.

20th Anniversary

The Monster has revolutionized the world of motorcycling, becoming more than just a simple motorcycle: it’s a way of life, it’s what makes its riders feel unique. Its customised versions owned by 250,000 enthusiasts have made it a true and proper icon that transcends time. Twenty years after its birth, Ducati celebrates this symbol of style and personality, presenting a unique model: the very first one. An unmistakable style coupled with latest-generation performance: here’s the Monster 20th Anniversary, the motorcycle that continues to write history.

Original Livery

The Monster 20th Anniversary models have the same colours with which the Monster 900 was presented in Cologne in the autumn of 1992: the tank and seat cover rigorously in Ducati Red are matched with the bronze-coloured frame; the vintage style is completed by the champagne-coloured fork sleeves, by the golden Brembo braking system and by the chrome finish of the headlight. The many light-grey details of the engine and chassis are also a tribute to the first version of the Monster.


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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
GEARBOX 6 speed
PRIMARY DRIVE Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1
RATIO 1st 32/13, 2nd 30/18, 3rd 28/21, 4th 26/23, 5th 22/22, 6th 24/26
FINAL DRIVE Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
CLUTCH APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control
FRAME Tubular steel Trellis frame
FRONT SUSPENSION Marzocchi 43mm upside-down forks
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 Y-shaped, 5-spoke in light alloy 5.50 x 17
REAR TYRE 180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL 120mm (4.7in)
REAR WHEEL TRAVEL 148mm (5.8in)
FRONT BRAKE 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston radial caliper
REAR BRAKE 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
INSTRUMENTATION 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.
DRY WEIGHT 167kg (369lb) / 169kg (373lb) ABS version
WET WEIGHT(KERB) 187kg (412lb)
ABS WET WEIGHT(KERB) 188kg (414.5 lb)
SEAT HEIGHT 800mm (31.5in)
WHEELBASE 1450mm (57.1in)
RAKE 24°
TRAIL 87mm (3,42 in)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 15l - 3.8gallon (US) / 13.5l - 3.6gallon (US) ABS version
WARRANTY 2 years unlimited mileage
VALVE CLEARANCE CHECK 12.000 km (7.500m)
STANDARD Euro 3 (Europe version) - USA: follows the US Federal Regulation


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Autoevolution ---- "The bike presents itself as design classic with the ’90’s heritage mirrors and the almost vintage 1986 Ducati logo reading bold and clearly on the fuel tank. The new 796 Monster is powered by the new, lighter Desmodue L-twin unit inside a tubular Trellis frame for lightweight rigidity."

Totalmotorcycle ---- "The Monster 796 20th Anniversary is the ’urban icon’ of the range, combining the user-friendliness of the 696 with the sports character of the 1100EVO. Delivering 87hp (64kW), a dry weight of just 167kg (368lb) and optional ABS, the stylish Monster 796 20th Anniversary injects the magic of mid-range into the Monster family."

Ultimatemotorcycling ---- "Off idle, the desmodromic Ducati engine burbles noisily and doesn’t particularly like to hang out in the lower gears. Definitely not a commuter bike for slow-moving freeways-though it easily handles dodging through traffic-you’ll find yourself trying to contain the Monster 796 in low rpm neighborhood environments. Slipping the clutch works fine, but you will find yourself eager to move along to the boulevard where you can shift up to third."

motorcyclistonline ---- "Ducati looks to have plotted a skilful course with the Monster range, which is now back up to three models (though many more if you count the optional ABS and various color options). The entry-level 696 remains a good value for riders who want an inexpensive Monster with the full complement of signature Monster style. At the other end, the 1100’s extra grunt and more refined front end make it unquestionably the best model for experienced riders, unless they’re very small."-

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