What’s all the fuss about? Another Monster! With the introduction of the the Monster 821, 112 HP water cooled naked roadster, there is now a Monster for all sizes and shapes. Goldilocks now has another option (albeit we are not talking porridge here). A Monster 696 (too small) or a new Monster 1200 unveiled in November at the Milan Motorcycle Show (too big) or the 821 (just right). I haven’t ridden it yet but will decide for myself one day soon if it is actually just right.
The latest Italian beast boasts the 821 Testastretta 11° engine, 112HP and 65.9ft-lb of torque and weighs in at a mere 179.5kg – 395.7lb (dry weight). Ducati stated in a press release that the bike is “super comfortable” but that remains to be seen as my experience, as well as other women I have talked to, the ergonomics of the seating position delivers pelvic pain. Perhaps that has changed with the latest line and the adjustable seat height. Traction control with Ducati motorcycles is always a favourite and this model combines 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.
You can plan on seeing them on showroom floors as early as July and onwards. The Monster 821 Dark is presented in dark stealth with black frame and black wheels, while the Monster 821 is dressed in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels or star white silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with colour-matched single-seat covers.