Ducati India in the last while has been aggressively promoting their motorcycles. They have a strong Ducati Owners Club Programme worldwide, which is now present in India too. One of their strongest products in the line has been the Monster Range of bikes.
The Ducati Monster (called Il Mostro in Italian) is a muscle bike designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi and manufactured by Ducati in Bologna, Italy, since 1993. It is a naked bike, characterized by an exposed engine and frame. The trellis frame in the Ducati Monster is an integral part of the motorcycle’s design, allowing for both aesthetic appeal and for structural efficiency.
In 2005, Monster sales accounted for over half of Ducati’s worldwide sales. Ducati motorcycles use 90° V-twin engines, which they call L-twins, with desmodromic valves, and tubular steel trellis frame, designed by Fabio Taglioni (1920–2001).
The Monster line has had numerous variations over the years, from entry level 400 cc (24 cu in) bikes up to top of the line 160 hp (120 kw) multi-valve, water-cooled super bike-engine versions, with as many as nine different Monster versions in a single model year. The Monster’s elemental simplicity has also made it a favourite platform for custom motorcycle builders, showcased at competitions like the Monster Challenge.
Rotormouth / Outventures spent 5 days with the legendary Monster 797 last week. Stylish, good looking and muscular, are the words that come to mind when you spot the Monster 797
Ducati have down the years redefined the way naked street bikes look and perform. The Monster has a rounded headlight, beefy looking petrol tank and the familiar Ducati single-piece steel-tube trellis frame. The exhaust pipes bend and turn into a thick looking can.
The equipment on the Monster 797 doesn’t have aids like rider modes or traction control. The Monster comes with ABS as standard. One gets the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), which you can access via a USB port under the seat. Using the DMS you can access your phone and navigation on the instrument panel.
The riding position is sporty and comfortable. The handlebars are wide with low foot pegs. All this has been done to make riding in the city or highway a comfortable affair. The 797 uses a backlit instrument cluster which is common across the other Monster models. The display is easy to read even in glaring sunlight.
The bike is powered by the Desmodue, 803cc, air-cooled, L-twin motor that develops 75PS at 8,250rpm and 68.9Nm at 5,750rpm. Maximum percentage of torque is available at around the 3500-rpm mark. That’s why when you get the bike rolling, release the clutch slowly for a smooth pick-up
Power delivery across the band is smooth and linear with a crisp throttle response. The 797 is not a high-strung track fiend, but something you can ride every day. That doesn’t mean it’s a slouch on the track. Friends who have ridden it on the track have come back praising it’s track worthiness!
The Monster 797 gets non-adjustable 43mm Kayaba upside-down forks up front and a Sachs mono-shock at the rear. This helps keep the bike stable entering or exiting a corner, making quick direction changes. The tyres you get with the bike are the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres. These are wrapped around 10-spoke 17-inch wheels.
The ride quality is top class. I spent hours in the saddle riding for meetings in all across the city. Not once did I feel stressed or too tired considering I was riding a 800cc bike. The handling inspires confidence helped in by the fact that it just weighs 193kg and has a short 1435 mm wheelbase. Flicking it around city traffic where every minute, one must make direction changes was very easy. The same can be said,when you throw it into corners.
Braking is sharp and precise. One, gets twin 320mm four-piston Brembo M4.32 callipers that offer good stopping power. The Bosch ABS works well and inspires confidence even in the inexperienced rider.
The Monster 797 is an easy, fast, nimble motorcycle. The type you can ride everywhere in the city daily. The perfect motorcycle for someone looking for their first big bike. For the veteran experienced rider too, the Monster has lots to offer in terms of overall performance.At Rs 9.15 lakh (on-road Mumbai), the Monster 797 is your initiation into the world of Ducati. A world where motorcycling is treated as an art form and performance is king.