Take A Look At The Reincarnated 2021 Ducati Monster 821

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  • Sep 15, 2020
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The Monster is set to ditch its trademark trellis frame for an aluminium spar unit

  • Likely to get styling and feature updates.
  • Retains the iconic circular LED headlamp.
  • Could be unveiled at Ducati World Premiere 2020.


Ducati laid the foundation for the street naked segment with the original Monster way back in 1993. The bike has been evolving ever since and has stood as the backbone for the brand. For 2021, Ducati intends to change things up. The upcoming Ducati Monster 821 that was spotted a couple of months ago gave us a glimpse of what’s to come. Back then there was very little that we could decode from the hazy images. But it did point in the direction of a reincarnated Monster 821 with new mechanicals components, design tweaks and better features. The recent render that’s been leaked confirms these updates. 

At first glance, you’d notice that the bike 2021 Monster 821 looks sleeker and angular than before. It retains its iconic circular LED headlamp and muscular fuel tank but receives minor tweaks to keep it looking fresh. The tail section and the rear subframe have also been reworked to flow with the overall design. 

Having said that, the biggest change, and possibly the most important of them all, comes in the form of a new aluminium spar frame instead of the trademark trellis frame. This doesn’t come as a surprise though considering the Panigale V4 and the Streetfighter range use aluminium spar frames instead of trellis units. The motor is used as a stressed member here, which could end up shaving some weight. The new slimmer swingarm design that supersedes the age-old chunky design could help this Ducati shed some more weight as well. The test mule that was spotted earlier seemed to be using redesigned alloy wheels and the render appears to be pointing in the same direction.  

Last but not the least, we finally get a better look at the stubby end cans which looked a bit unfinished on the running prototype. Even the exhaust pipes have been rerouted from under the engine rather than having them running from the side. This change could help with better heat management. 

Don’t expect any major strides when it comes to outright performance. We believe the 2021 Monster 821 will be powered by a Euro 5/BS6-compliant 821 liquid-cooled L-Twin engine. In its current state of tune, it produces 109PS of power and 86Nm of peak torque. The previous-gen Monster 821 featured different riding modes, power modes, and Ducati Safety Pack, which included ABS from Bosch and Ducati Traction Control (DTC). Expect the upcoming model to use an IMU-based traction control and cornering ABS. Other than this, the bike is expected to retain the same hardware as before. 

We think Ducati may take the wraps off the 2021 Monster 821 at the Ducati World Premiere 2020 followed by an India launch in 2021. It'll compete against bikes like the Triumph Street Triple R, KTM 790 Duke, BMW F 900 R and the Kawasaki Z900. Expect the 2021 Ducati Monster 821 to carry a premium over the current-gen Monster 821, which retails at Rs 10.99 lakh ex-showroom.

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