M797 Monster

797 Ducati Monster

Red: $ 9,295*    White $ 9,395*    Dark Stealth:  $ 9,395*

*M.S.R.P (not including Freight, Assembly, Document Fee, service, Tax, Title, License, and Tag)

The new Monster 797 finally brings the iconic Monster spirit and Ducati values within everyone’s reach. Sporty, compact, essential but also sophisticated and contemporary, the Monster 797 provides a gateway to the Ducati world, for those looking for an easy, intuitive ride as well as sheer sports enjoyment.

Every element has been very carefully designed and executed to fully express the Monster spirit. The riding position, chassis and 75 hp Desmodue twin-cylinder engine instil confidence right from the first miles. The Monster 797 is the ideal bike for those seeking carefree enjoyment, on any road and in any situation.

The clean, slim line of the Monster 797 enhances those designer elements that are in fact structural components, such as the trellis frame created as one single piece. An essential but sophisticated bike, where every element expresses a high level of stylistic and technical research while retaining a freshness that makes it easy for anyone to ride.

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 is ever liable to get. I’ve been 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. Join me while I delve into the details to see what Ducati has in store for us.

Design

DNA from the original “Monster” survives the passage of time from 1992 all the way into 2017 in the new Monster 797. This is very apparent in the tank shape and overall panache, and even the exposed frame hints at the original. A seriously chopped front fender leads the way over a fat front tire with beefy front forks that lends the impression of great strength and there’s a round headlight can that makes yet another connection to the past.

“DNA from the original “Monster” survives the passage of time from 1992 all the way into 2017 in the new Monster 797.”

In spite of the lack of pullback in the bars, the relaxed-jockey footrests and seat position form a rider’s triangle that allows for a relaxed, upright riding posture far removed from the typical sportbike posture. As always with this family, the exposed frame serves as a crucial design element, so it’s no surprise that Duc shoots it in red paint to offset it against the blackout engine components, you know, just in case it was too subtle where it runs uncovered from steering head to subframe.

The flylines are classic Il Mostro as they tumble down to a deep-scoop saddle that sits at only 31.69 inches off the ground, which is good news for the shorter riders out there. The stadium p-pad tapers off to nothing ahead of the minimal rear fender and tag holder, and while that windtunnel-tested ass end makes for a nice, racy touch.

Beyond that, I gotta’ say I’m loving the looks of this new Monster. It’s got the same beefy-yet-wirey look one expects, but the size and displacement make it less intimidating than some of its big brothers.

Chassis

A Trellis frame pulls double duty as the skeleton that holds it all together and as an aesthetic feature essential to the family look. Tubular-steel members make up the welded assembly with a yoke-style, cast-aluminum swingarm to mount the rear wheel. The swingarm comes in a boomerang shape that not only looks edgy, but the apex serves as a convenient spot to mount the short, coil-over rear shock.

Steering-head geometry trends toward the agile end of the spectrum with a 24-degree rake and 3.54 inches of trail, and the 43 mm, inverted Kayaba forks push the wheelbase out to 56.5 inches. Symmetrical, 17-inch, cast-allow wheels come in a ten-spoke configuration that’s both stylish and lightweight with Pirelli’s Diablo Rosso II tires for the final connection to the pavement. Sachs provides the rear monoshock, and it comes with the courtesy spring-preload adjustment plus adjustable rebound damping. All this makes for a plush ride with 5.12 inches of travel up front and 5.91 inches in back.

Dual, four-pot, Monobloc Brembo calipers bite huge, 320 mm front discs for the buk of the stopping power with a single-pot caliper and 245 mm disc to slow the rear and all-around Bosch 9.1 MP ABS protection as part of the standard equipment package.

Drivetrain

Nothing clutters up the look of a naked bike quite like a radiator, but Ducati neatly sidestepped that problem with a good, old-fashioned air-cooled engine. Duc’s Desmodue L-Twin cranks out 50.8 pound-feet of torque at 5,750 RPM backed up by 75 horsepower at 8,250; pretty exciting stuff considering this smallest Monster tips the scales at a mere 425 pounds soaking wet.

Oversquare, the lump runs an 88 mm bore and 66 mm stroke with a total displacement of 803 cc, and of course, Ducati’s signature Desmodromic valvetrain times the two-valve heads. Compression is middle-of-the-range at 11-to-1, so you can count on mid-grade at the least, and maybe even premium to keep it from pinging and dieseling. A pair of 50 mm throttle bodies feeds the Monster’s mill with a 2-into-1 header ahead of the stainless-steel muffler with a catalyst to help it meet Euro 4 emissions standards.

A six-speed transmission crunches the ratios to keep the engine in the powerband and sends power to the rear wheel through a tough, chain final drive. I’m a little surprised at the lack of a slipper clutch and traction control. I mean, I know it’s meant to be a beginner’s bike, and it only packs 800 cubes, but I submit that since the next tier of bikes up from there mostly pack slip-and-assist clutches, I reckon a trainer bike ought to include it as well.

Pricing

The factory keeps prices just below the $10K mark with a $9,295 sticker on its base “Red” model. Various trim levels are available that can carry the price as high as $9,895, and of course there’s always the accessories catalog to drive it up even further. This first-year run can be had in red, Star White Silk or Dark Stealth.

He Said

“I love the new Monster: unintimidating and accessible. This ride should prove popular with the masses, and was certainly one of the stars of the Milan show a few months ago. Honestly, this is just the kind of sportbike I would buy if I were in the market.”

797 Ducati Monster

Red: $ 9,295*    White $ 9,395*    Dark Stealth:  $ 9,395*

*M.S.R.P (not including Freight, Assembly, Document Fee, service, Tax, Title, License, and Tag)

Specifications

ENGINE:
Engine: L-Twin cylinder, 2 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, air cooled
Displacement: 803 cc (49 cu in)
Bore X stroke: 88 x 66 mm (3.46 x 2.60 in)
Compression ratio: 11,0:1
Power: 55 kW (75 hp) @ 8.250 rpm
Torque: 68.9 Nm (50.8 lb-ft) @ 5,750 rpm
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection system, 50 mm throttle bodies
Exhaust: 2-1 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, single stainless steel muffler with aluminum cover
TRANSMISSION:
Gearbox: 6 speed
Primary drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1
Ratio: 1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26
Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket Z15; Rear sprocket Z46
Clutch: APTC wet multiplate clutch with mechanical control
CHASSIS:
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front suspension: 43 mm Kayaba USD forkm
Front wheel: 10-spoke light alloy, 3.50″ x 17″
Front tyre: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension: Sachs monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable
Rear wheel: 10-spoke light alloy, 5.50″ x 17″
Rear tyre: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 180/55 ZR17
Wheel travel (front/rear): 130 mm (5.12 in) – 150 mm (5.91 in)
Front brake: 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 callipers, 4-piston, axial pump with Bosch ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake: 245 mm disc, 1-piston calliper with Bosch ABS as standard equipment
Instrumentation: LCD
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS:
Dry weight: 175 (386 lb)
Curb weight: 193 (425lb)
Curb weight (no fuel): 184 kg (406 lb)
Seat height: 805 mm (31.69 in)
Wheelbase: 1,435 mm (56.50 in)
Rake: 24°
Front wheel: trail 90 mm (3.54 in)
Fuel tank capacity: 4.36 gallon (US)
Number of seats: Dual seat
DETAILS:
Standard Equipment: Bosch ABS, LED position light and tail light, USB power socket, DMS ready, (Passenger seat cover and windshield on Monster 797+ at additional price)
Warrant: 24 months unlimited mileage

797 Ducati Monster

Red: $ 9,295*    White $ 9,395*    Dark Stealth:  $ 9,395*

*M.S.R.P (not including Freight, Assembly, Document Fee, service, Tax, Title, License, and Tag)