The Monster happens to be Ducati’s most successful model the brand has ever produced. Ducati have finally unleashed an all-new model, and it shares nothing in common with the bike it replaces.
They’re calling it the Monster, with no triple-digit figure following the name. It now boasts of a new aluminium front frame that’s inspired by the Panigale V4. The unit is attached to the engine and weighs lesser than the old trellis frame. It saves more weight, thanks to the lighter fuel tank, swingarm and wheels. It is one among the lightest bikes in its class. Ducati bikes have further made tweaks to its wheelbase as well, which should help deliver a better riding experience. At the front, the Monster features a non-adjustable 43mm USD fork and a pre-load adjustable monoshock, while retardation duties are carried out by twin Brembo M4.32 callipers at the front, wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 tyres.
Even the ergonomics have seen an improvement. The seat is higher, the handlebar is closer to the rider while the footpegs allow for a more comfortable positioning of the limbs. The steering radius should make riding it in the city a breeze.
And the engine
Nestled neatly in the frame is a 937cc, 90-degree V-twin motor that does duty on the Multistrada 950 and Supersport. The new engine is larger but lighter than the unit it replaces and is now BS6-compliant. It produces 109bhp and 93Nm of torque. Its 6-speed gearbox comes with a hydraulic clutch and also features a bi-directional quick-shifter.
It gets a whole bunch of rider aids and features like a 4.3-inch TFT display that looks identical to the one on the Panigale V4. Apart from these, it also gets lean angle sensitive ABS and traction control. There is wheelie-control and launch control. You also get a Ducati Multimedia system that allows one to connect his/her smartphone.
A beauty indeed
The new Monster is not as bulbous as before. It is now more slender with subtle curves, giving it a muscular appearance. It looks more contemporary and the LEDs in the headlights and tail lights add to its appeal. The indicators at the front sit flush with the tank and now features outward scrolling indicators. The up-sweeping twin exhausts look gorgeous and the tail section can be mistaken for being a superbike’s. For those looking for a red trellis frame, we’re sorry to report that it doesn’t exist on this bike anymore.
Can Indians have one?
Yes, but you’ll have to wait till later next year, when the bike is launched for the Indian market, and it will rival the Triumph Street Triple. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes, only at autoX.