Ducati Monster 821 Unveiled

Ducati has taken the wraps of their latest motorcycle, the Ducati Monster 821, which slots into the range between the ‘introductory’ 696 and the 1200. And like almost all things Ducati, it’s gorgeous.

It’s powerplant is derived from the Hypermotard and despite being a ‘middleweight’ provides a potent 112 hp and 65.9 ft-lb of torque in a package that weighs 395 pounds (dry), which is just a shade lighter than the the Monster 1200 (401 pounds).

Where the Monster 821 might get some people excited (and others not so) are the electronic aids provided. In addition to the now almost obligatory ABS (which provides three levels), Ducati has included eight-level traction control and three levels of throttle control. Seat height adjustment is also provided (something that would be nice to see from more manufacturers). Unlike the 1200, the 821 features a standard double-sided swingarm, compared to the more sexy, though perhaps not as functional single-sided swingarm.

The 821 will be released in July this year priced at $10,995 for the Dark edition and $11,495 for the standard version which comes in the usual Ducati colors.

Here’s the full press release:


Ducati announces the brand new Monster 821

Brand new Monster 821 powered by 112hp water-cooled 821cc Testastretta 11°
Available also in Dark version, Monster 821 ready for delivery July 2014
First images of the iconic new naked model underline Ducati’s Bologna roots

Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 28 May, 2014 – Ducati announces the brand new Monster 821, a mid-size entry for the third generation of the iconic naked model and the latest chapter in the Bologna-built motorcycle’s famous story. Underlining Ducati’s strong association to the Bologna region, the company has chosen to release the first images of the new model portrayed in typical Bolognese ambience.

Following the successful unveiling of the new generation Monster 1200 at the Milan International Motorcycle show in November, Ducati now introduces the Monster 821, a mid-size version of the exciting new model and the latest entry to the world of Monster.

Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the essential new model maintains its stylish character using the new chassis and muscular styling of the Monster 1200, designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies.

Powered by the latest edition of Ducati’s highly successful 821 Testastretta 11° engine, the highly accessible new Monster combines 112hp and 65.9ft-lb of torque with an impressively lightweight 179.5kg – 395.7lb (dry weight) overall package. This stylish mix of minimalism and performance paves the way back to the original essence of the Monster concept, where less-is-more and made-in-Italy combine to create a motorcycle lifestyle.

High-spec brakes, excellent suspension and stylish componentry merge with Ducati’s best-yet ergonomics to offer the Italian manufacturer’s most attractive mid-range Monster ever. Super comfortable and with an innovative adjustable seat height, the model also combines 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.

The Monster 821 uses next generation technologies to create an enhanced rider/motorcycle relationship, delivering a high-adrenaline experience while constantly reassuring with the feeling of complete control and ergonomic integration.

Available in Ducati Dealerships from July 2014 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. The brand new model is also made available to restricted license holders with the specially regulated power versions of 25kw for Switzerland and 35kw for other participating countries.

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