Ducati have announced their redesigned Monster, with an all new power plant and multiple electrical enhancements, the Monster will be available in full power or LAMs trims...
The Ducati World Première web series has come to an end with the final episode, in which the Borgo Panigale manufacturer unveiled the new and polarising Monster. The new design has sent the Internet into orbit with many Monster fans shocked by the UJM-ish design.
Ducati say the new Monster represents all the essence of Ducati in the lightest, most compact and essential form possible. The recipe is the original 1993 one: a sporty engine, but perfect for road use, combined with a Superbike-derived frame.
The new Monster is based on the same concepts that bind it to the Monster 900, the first, true sports naked that Ducati unveiled, but reinterpreted and updated. Ducati claim the result is a bike with an advanced, easy and efficient chassis.
The bike incorporates the DNA of each Monster which makes it immediately recognisable: fuel tank shaped like a “bison back”, “shoulder-embedded” round headlight, clean tail and engine at the centre of the scene. The shapes have evolved in a direction in which are technology are enhanced by design, as in the circular profile of the front LED headlight and in the “sweeping” direction indicators.
The Monster is powered by the Testastretta 11° 937cc twin cylinder L-shaped engine, with desmodromic distribution and Euro 5 homologation. Compared to the previous 821 it increases in displacement, power, torque and decreases in weight (-2.4kg) to contribute to the lightness of the bike. It now delivers 111hp@9,250rpm with 9.5Nm@6,500rpm, thanks to the increased displacement, the torque is improved at all revs, particularly in the medium-low range.
The new motor is also supported by the new gearbox and the Ducati Quick Shift Up / Down fitted as standard. The Monster is also available in a 35kW version, suitable for LAMs license holders, to continue bringing the Ducati range to the ever growing LAMs market.
Ducati said great attention was paid to weight reduction in the creation of the new Monster. Chassis, accessory elements and superstructures have been redesigned from the ground up to create a compact and lightweight bike. The aluminium Front Frame replicates the same concept found on the Panigale V4, it is short and attached directly to engine heads. With a weight of only 3kg this frame is 4.5kg lighter (60% less) than the previous trellis, helping to reduce the dry weight of the bike to 166kg.
Each component has been redesigned and lightened: the rims lose 1.7kg and the swingarm is lightened by 1.6kg. The rear subframe decreases by 1.9kg thanks also to the GFRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer) technology. The total weight saving is 18kg compared to the Monster 821.
The height from the ground to the seat of the new Monster is 820mm. Ducati say that this, combined with the narrow sides of the bike, allows the rider to put his feet on the ground very easily. A seat is available as an accessory that reduces the height from the ground to 800mm, while still maintaining good padding, as well as a kit of springs for the suspension an be purchased, which lower the vehicle by reducing the seat height to 775mm from the ground.
To increase manoeuvrability at low speeds and facilitate manoeuvring from a standstill, the steering angle has been increased to 36° (+7° compared to the 821). The handlebar has been brought closer to the rider’s torso by about 7cm to have a more upright riding position that guarantees greater comfort and control. The position of the feet has also been changed, and the legs are now less curled up. All this translates into greater riding ease, even in city traffic.
The standard equipment includes ABS Cornering, Traction Control and Wheelie Control, all adjustable to different levels of intervention, also included is Launch Control. Ducati say that this electronic equipment allows to express the performance of the bike in all safety. The new Monster is equipped with three Riding Modes (Sport, Urban, Touring) and everything is easily managed through the handlebar controls and the 4.3″ colour TFT dashboard featuring racing graphics.
For those wishing to accentuate the style of their Monster sticker and cover kits will be available. As with all Ducati motorcycles, a wide range of Ducati Performance accessories is also available, such as the double Termignoni approved silencer with carbon fibre end caps. In the section dedicated to the configurator on Ducati.com all the customisation options can be viewed.
The new Monster is available in Ducati Red and Dark Stealth with black wheels, Aviator Grey with GP Red wheels. For those who want the bike with an even sportier image, there is the Plus version in the same colours with an “aerodynamic” windshield and the cover for the passenger seat as standard. The new Monster will be available in Australia from June with a starting price of $18,200 Ride Away.