By Gerry Cote
When it comes to Naked Sport Bikes, it’s undeniable that the Ducati Monster is one of the most iconic machines on the market and has been for the last 25 years. It has a look and sound that is undeniably “Ducati”.
From the first introduction of the Monster in Cologne back in 1992 to the sleek, streamlined performance machine that is today’s Monster, it is in my opinion, the pinnacle of naked sports bikes.
I was given the opportunity by Bow Cycles in Calgary to try out this amazing machine for a couple of days. I would like to thank Dave Amyotte, the General Sales Manager for this awesome opportunity. Please check out their website at Bow Cycle Calgary.
- 881 cc Liquid Cooled Testastretta 11 degree, L-twin cylinder, Desmodromic distribution four valves per cylinder engine
- 80 kW (109 hp) @ 9,500 rpm (35 kW (46.9 hp) restricted power version of the Monster 821 available for restricted license holders)
- 86 Nm (64 lb-ft) of torque at 7,750 rpm
- Electronic injection, 53mm throttle body with full Ride by Wire system
- Lightweight 2-1 system, 2 lambda probes, stainless steel muffler and aluminum end cap exhaust
- 6-speed transmission
- Chain final drive
- Three predetermined driving modes (Sport, Touring, and Urban)
- Slipper and self-servo wet multi-plate clutch with mechanical control
- Front brake consisting of 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo M4-32 monobloc 4-piston calipers and axial pump, 9.1 MP Bosch ABS
- Rear brake consisting of a 245 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper, 9.1 MP Bosch ABS
- Kerb weight of 206 kg (454 lbs)
- Adjustable seat height of 785-810mm (30.9 – 31.9 inches)
- 16.5L (4.4 US gal) Fuel tank capacity
- 5.3L/100km (44.38 mpg)
- Starting at CAD$ 13,395
My first impression of the 2018 Ducati Monster 821 when I walked into the showroom, was how good it looks. In its iconic Ducati Yellow bodywork and Charcoal Black frame, the bike just stands out.