Ducati is all set to launch two entry-level models in India: the Monster 797 and the Multistrada 950. Both the bikes are targeted towards novice riders. The Monster 797's design harks back to yesteryears' Monster 795/796 models and also uses a motor derived from these models.
The Monster 797 uses the Scrambler's 803cc L-twin motor and makes an identical 74.7PS @ 8,250rpm though torque is up by 0.9Nm. The Monster 797 makes 68.9Nm @ 5750rpm. The Monster 821, in comparison, makes 112PS. The Monster 797 employs the same suspension parts and tyres as the Monster 821. At 175 kilos, it weighs 4.5kg less than the Monster 821. The Monster 797 is a more accessible entry-level Ducati aimed towards first-time superbike buyers.
The same goes with the Multistrada 950, which is a more accessible Multistrada and is aimed towards those who like the idea of adventure touring but are intimidated by the Multistrada 1200. The Multistrada 950 looks similar to its larger cousins but has been designed to visually look lighter. The 937cc Testastretta L-Twin is based on the Hypermotard and has the same bore and stroke though it gets revisions to the cylinder heads. It makes the same 113PS @ 9000rpm as the Hypermotard though torque has gone down by 1Nm and is 96.2Nm @ 7750rpm.
The Multistrada 950 employs 48mm KYB forks up front and a Sachs monoshock damper at the rear, both fully adjustable. Braking is via twin 320mm discs clamped by 4-piston Brembo Monobloc calipers at the front and a 265mm rear disc clamped by a 2-piston floating caliper. ABS is standard. Tyres are touring-spec Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres mounted on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.
The advent of these bikes will make the deal sweeter for first-time superbike buyers. When launched, the Monster 797 will go up against the Benelli TNT 600i and Kawasaki Z650. The Multistrada, meanwhile, will compete with the Triumph Tiger 800, Kawasaki Versys 1000 and Suzuki V-Strom.
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