Ducati unveils Monster 821

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Ducati announced their newest naked bike this morning, releasing photos and details of the Monster 821.

The new Monster is powered by the latest version of their liquid-cooled 11° Testastretta engine, with 821 cc displacement and a claimed 112 hp and 65.9 ft-lb of torque. They dropped the powerplant in the Monster 1200’s chassis, and also integrated a similar electronics package to the big Monster, offering an adjustable seat, eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level ride-by-wire engine managment with the machine. All that electronic trickery will allow them to deliver a detuned version of the bike to markets where that sort of thing is desirable.

The 821 also draws a lot of styling cues from the larger 1200. And by now, you might be asking how much difference there is between the two machines. The answer: Not much.

Claimed dry weight for the 821 is 179.5kg, while the 1200 weighs 182 kg dry. The base-model 1200 is rated at 135 hp and 87 ft-lb of torque. Visually, they’re pretty similar, although the 821 is going to be offered in white as well as red, and there’s also an all-black option that will presumably be cheaper.

According to Ducati, the 821 will be in dealerships by July.


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