By Sean Alexander Editor Score: 84.5%
2018 Ducati Monster 821
Editor Score: 84.5%
In the fall of 1992 Ducati introduced its first ever Monster, the M900. It was a bike aimed outside of the company’s typical sportbike targets, a simple roadster that blended the frame from an 851 superbike with the air-cooled 904cc motor from the Super Sport series. Designer Miguel Galluzzi draped that first Monster in a bare minimum of bodywork to create an elemental “naked” roadster. It was a smashing success that some people even claim financially saved a struggling Ducati. Now, after 25 years and more than 320,000 Monsters produced, a financially secure and seriously competitive Ducati has assembled the world’s moto press in Rimini, Italy, to test the new 2018 Monster 821.
The bike that started it all, this is Miguel Galluzzi’s original M900 Monster now residing in the museum at Ducati’s factory, as originally introduced in the fall of 1992.
More of a cosmetic refresh than a whole “new” motorcycle, the 2018 Monster 821 is a well-integrated blend of components from last year’s Monster 821 and 1200 models. It basically uses the frame, brakes, Euro-4 silencer, fuel tank, headlight, color TFT instrument display, footpegs, bodywork, and miscellaneous hardware from the Monster 1200 as desirable upgrades to the Monster 821 for 2018. It combines that extensive list of borrowed Monster 1200 hardware with the existing 821cc Testastretta 11° engine, 43mm inverted fork, and spring preload and rebound damping adjustable rear shock connected to a double-sided swingarm from last year’s 821. There you have it, a new Ducati is born!