2021 Ducati Monster: All You Need To Know

A lowdown on the iconic streetfighter’s latest avatar

Looks like Ducati saved the best for the last. In the last webisode of the Ducati World Premiere 2021, the Italian brand introduced its iconic mid-weight streetfighter in an all-new avatar. Here are all the juicy details you’d want to know about the new Monster:

MV Agusta Brutale 800 Doppelganger?
We wouldn’t blame you for thinking so. The circular headlamp, muscular tank and exposed steel trellis frame are all elements associated with the Monster. However, these iconic elements have been given a miss for the first time since its inception in 1993 as Ducati goes bold and radical with the 2021 Monster.

The new diamond-shaped DRL, dare we say, bears an uncanny resemblance to the Revolt RV 400. The tank is a lot more sharper, losing out on the curves of the Monster 821. The new aluminium front frame, inspired by the Panigale V4, uses the engine as the stressed member. As for the rear, a new Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) section gives it a sleeker appearance while saving some precious kilos.

The Monster’s Been Working Out
Speaking of precious kilos, the new Monster is a whopping 18kg lighter than the Monster 821! Tipping the scales at 166kg (dry weight), the bike is now lighter than its rivals, the Triumph Street Triple RS and KTM 890 Duke R.  How did Ducati achieve this? Well, the new frame weighs just 3kg, a whole 4.5kg lighter than the older model. The new GFRP tail reduces the weight by 1.9kg. The new swingarm and wheels help the bike burn off another 3.5kg. Lastly, the new engine drops another 2.4kg. Still sulking over the aesthetics?

The Monster’s Heart
Cradled in the new frame is a 937cc L-twin powerhouse from the SuperSport 950 and Multistrada 950, belting out 111PS at 9,250rpm and 93Nm at 6,500rpm. While the 2.8PS bump may not be a big deal, the 7Nm jump in torque is definitely to watch out for.

The Electronic Nannies
Ducati has never shied away from using a sophisticated electronic suite on its machines and the new Monster is no different. The bike gets cornering ABS and traction control (in eight levels!), wheelie control, launch control, bi-directional quickshifter, and three riding modes.

The Not-So-Good Bits
With a thorough update like this, we had expected Ducati to put in goodies such as adjustable suspension and better brakes. However, the Monster makes do with a set of non-adjustable 43mm USD forks and a preload-adjustable monoshock. Dropping the anchor are twin 320mm discs paired to Brembo M4.32 calipers. We would have loved to see the M50s on the Ducati.

Is It Coming to India?
The Monster goes on sale in the United Kingdom with a price tag of GBP 10,295 which roughly translates to Rs 10.2 lakh. We expect the Monster to arrive in India in late-2021 at a possible price of
Rs 13 lakh with the Plus variant demanding a premium of Rs 80,000-90,000.

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