2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth
A Highly Functional Tribute to the ’93 Monster 900by TJ Hinton, on
The Ducati Monster can trace its heritage back to the ’93 Monster 900, and the new “Stealth” variant serves as what you might call a highly-functional tribute piece for that venerated machine. It totes the usual suite of electronic gadgets with Ducati’s Quick Shift feature added to the stock package, and it boasts 100-plus horsepower in a design that is, paradoxically, both sexy and stocky at the same time.
2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth
2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth Design
What we have is an attractive, muscular-looking ride that is visually weighted toward the front to give it an all-up-front look kinda' like a bulldog.
I’ve never made my feelings about naked sportbikes a secret, but in typical fashion, the factory took a genre that is usually fairly ugly in my humble opinion, and turned it into a thing of relative beauty. The Stealth’s most obvious distinguishing feature is the paint that gives this model its name; light gray and Ducati Red graphics over matte black with an “821” model designator painted on a color-matched section the upper rail of the frame that visually ties the bike together quite nicely. Most everything else comes with the blackout treatment, but with a name like “Stealth,” you knew it wasn’t going to be hot pink.
True to the range, the Stealth starts out with a pared-down front fender that doubles as a guard for the swept area of the inverted stems. It rocks the same round cyclops halogen headlight as ever with horseshoe shaped, LED parking lights for ample two-way visibility up front. The diode emitters continue into the rearward lights, so you can count on that extra little bit of safety ’cause LEDs are really hard to ignore when they’re pointed right at you, no matter how invested in your phone you might be.
Above the headlight housing we find the bikini flyscreen that protects the color TFT instrument display a bit, and possibly more importantly, visually sets the Stealth even further apart from the stock 821. The 4.36-gallon fuel tank toes the family line with a familiar profile that dominates the flyline ahead of the drop to the deep-scoop pilot’s seat. An upswept subframe lofts the passenger with flip-out footpegs and J.C. handles for the other points of contact, but if you’d rather embrace the solo-streetfighter look, just clap on the color-matched, rear seat cover to give the bike a more race-tastic vibe.
At the terminus the LED taillight rides tucked out of harm’s way with the rear turn signals and plateholder mounted out on the mudguard. Gotta’ say I ain’t a fan of that last detail, and think that this ride would benefit greatly from an aftermarket hugger. Just me? What we do have is an attractive, muscular-looking ride that is visually weighted toward the front to give it an all-up-front look kinda’ like a bulldog. You can go ahead and pencil me in as a fan.
2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth Chassis
Built for agility, the Stealth is quite eager in the corners with a flickable nature that'll certainly endear it to experienced riders.
Tubular-steel members make up the Trellis frame, and as you’d expect, the engine is a stressed unit that completes the assembly and replaces a significant chunk of frame in the downtube/cradle area to reduce weight. Aluminum is the material of choice for the yoke-style swingarm in a bid to minimize unsprung weight at the rear axle. Toward that end, a set of 17-inch, cast-alloy wheels round out the rolling chassis with a 10-spoke design and Pirelli’s Diablo Rosso III hoops to make the connection to the pavement. The hoops are typical of the genre at 120/70 up front and 180/55 out back, and they get all kinds of help from the yummy electronics to make this a relatively safe ride.
Built for agility, the 24-degree rake and 3.7-inch trail makes the Stealth quite eager in the corners with a flickable nature that’ll certainly endear it to experienced riders. An adjustable seat gives you a small range of adjustability — from 30.91-inches high to 31.89-inches high — but alas, that’s still going to be tiptoe country for the shorter inseams.
The 43 mm, usd Kayaba front forks feature the full trinity of adjustments with 5.12 inches of travel, as does the rear monoshock that delivers a 5.51-inch range of motion. This gives you plenty of opportunity to dial in the ride quality and get it right where you want it. Bosch ABS oversees the operation of the Brembo calipers that bite dual, 320 mm discs up front and a 245 mm disc out back, but that’s just the beginning of the fandanglery; there’s plenty more to come in the engine electronics...
2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth Drivetrain
The electronic goodies include ABS, traction control, power modes, a quick shifter, and an anti-hop slipper clutch to keep all that power under control.
...so let’s check them out. The Stealth comes with the Ducati Safety Pack that includes delightfulness such as the aforementioned ABS and Traction Control alongside variable power-delivery Power Modes and a Quick Shift feature that let’s you bang out clutchless shifts both up and down the range. An anti-hop slipper clutch couples engine power to the six-speed transmission, and it provides one final layer of protection for the rear contact patch.
Said power measures in with some fairly impressive numbers. Ducati’s Testastretta pumps out 109 horsepower at 9,250 rpm with 63 pounds of torque that top out at 7,750 rpm. Twin, 88 mm bores run with a 67.5 mm stroke for a total of 821 cc and a sizzlin’ 12.8-to-1 compression ratio, and as usual, Duc’s Desmodromic valvetrain times the four-valve heads with a pull-closed cam rather than coil springs to seal the combustion chamber.
It’s an L-Twin, or a 90-degree V-twin if you prefer, with a water jacket and a small radiator to deal with the waste heat. A ride-by-wire right grip controls the dual, 53 mm throttle bodies to tie man/woman/gender-fluid/whatever to machine, because you certainly can’t expect a bike with that many geegaws to rely on something as antiquated as a cable, can you?
2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth Pricing
MSRP is looks to be just under $12k.
The 821 Stealth will roll for $11,995 in the U.S. and $13,395 in Canada. It isn’t in showrooms just yet, but the factory is accepting preorders at the time of this writing.
2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth Competitors
If you're a power-hound or an inch-queen, the Triumph might look a skosh better, but you'll pay for that at the checkout counter.
If I’m honest, the “S” just doesn’t quite have the same sex appeal as the Duc, but then again, few things do. Yeah, that’s a pretty broad brush I’m paintin’ with, but I’m OK with that. Still, the Brit looks like serious business from its alien-like, dual headlight arrangement all the way back to the high-and-tight muffler, and both bikes look like sprinters crouched at the blocks. The S looks somewhat more compact, but that’s an optical illusion borne of the gap between the subframe and rear tire being occluded by the muffler. If I had to pick between a view of the rear wheel and the gap, I’ll take the gap, it just looks cleaner.
Showa products float the “S” on the full trifecta of adjustments, so neither gain an edge in rideability controls. Safety electronics are well represented on the Brit with switchable ABS and traction control alongside five riding modes and a color TFT interface to meet the Duc blow-for-blow.
Probably the biggest boon for Triumph is going to be found in the engine department, namely the greater displacement that claims a total of 1,050 cc. Naturally, power generation benefits from that discrepancy with 147 horsepower and 86.2 pounds o’ grunt against 109/63, so if you’re a power-hound or an inch-queen, the Triumph might look a skosh better. Triumph’s Speed Triple S rolls for $14,350, so you’ll pay for that extra power in the end.
“In my humble opinion, anything over 100 horsepower is just a vanity. I mean, there are very definite limits to what you can safely do on public roads, and I won’t even get into the legalities, so I will out myself as being shallow enough to take the Duc on looks alone in the face of an equally high-tech ride that boasts superior power, price be damned.”
Mt wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “The Kayaba fork allows you full adjustability that the base model didn’t have, it has a new windscreen, and comes with the Ducati Quick Shift for both up and down shifting. The pillion is narrower than before, and of course, you have the awesome Testastretta engine. The short wheelbase makes the Stealth, and its un-stealthy stablemate, very flickable. I like this dark look, too. What can I say? It’s a Monster 821 in a Darth Vadar version.”
2019 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth Specifications
|Engine & Drivetrain:|
|Engine:||Testastretta 11°, L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, Water cooled|
|Displacement:||821 cc (50.1 cu in)|
|Bore x Stroke:||88 x 67.5 mm (3.46 x 2.66 in)|
|Power:||109 hp @ 9,250 rpm|
|Torque:||63 lb-ft @ 7,750 rpm|
|Fuel Injection:||Electronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies, Full Ride-by-Wire|
|Exhaust:||2-1 system, Two lambda probes, Stainless steel muffler with aluminum end cap|
|Gearbox:||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS)|
|Primary Drive:||Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1|
|Ratio:||1=37/15, 2=30/17, 3=28/20, 4=26/22, 5=24/23, 6=23/24|
|Final Drive:||Chain drive, Front sprocket Z15, Rear sprocket Z46|
|Clutch:||Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with mechanical control|
|Frame:||Tubular steel trellis frame|
|Trail:||3.7 in (93 mm)|
|Front Suspension:||Ø 43 mm usd Kayaba fork|
|Rear Suspension:||Progressive linkage with adjustable monoshock, Aluminum double-sided swingarm|
|Wheel Travel (Front/Rear):||5.12 in / 5.51 in|
|Front Brake:||Dual Ø 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted monobloc Brembo M4-32 caliper, 4-piston caliper, Bosch ABS|
|Rear Brake:||Ø 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Bosch ABS as standard equipment|
|Front Wheel:||10-spoke light alloy, 3.5" x 17"|
|Rear Wheel:||10-spoke light alloy, 5.5" x 17"|
|Front Tire:||Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70 ZR 17|
|Rear Tire:||Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 180/55 ZR17|
|Dimensions & Capacities:|
|Dry Weight:||398 lb|
|Wet Weight (KERB):||454 lb|
|Seat Height:||Adjustable 30.91 in - 31.89 in|
|Fuel Tank Capacity:||4.36 US gal|
|Fuel Consumption:||43.6 mpg|
|Number of Seat:||Dual Seat|
|Safety Equipment:||Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS + Ducati Traction Control DTC), Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS)|
|Standard Equipment:||Ducati Safety Pack: (ABS Bosch, Ducati Traction Control), Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS)Riding Mode, Power Mode, LED position light and tail light, TFT color display, Passenger seat cover, Flyscreen, USB power socket|
|Ready For:||Anti-theft system, Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA)|
|Warranty:||24 months, Unlimited mileage|
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