Back in 1992, the iconic Ducati Monster set the template for the modern naked motorcycle – one with stripped back bodywork and an exposed frame to show off the engine and innards in all their glory.
25 years on, the Italian motorcycle firm is marking this with a new Monster 821; Ducati’s even relaunching the vivid Ducati Yellow offered on the original Monster, along with the regular red and matt black options.
But unlike the original Monster 900, the new Monster 821 is not quite as back-to-basic as it seems. For starters, it’s been derived this time from the beefier Monster 1200, carrying over a similarly streamlined look with redesigned tank and tail. These reference the original 900 but have a contemporary twist, as do the new silencer and headlight.
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No original 900 Monster had such a sophisticated TFT colour instrument display either; you can even get an optional Ducati Quick Shift and Ducati Multimedia System.
That’s not all – Ducati’s also including a safety pack, with Bosch ABS and fully adjustable Ducati Traction Control. There are adjustable riding modes too, so bikers can tailor ABS, DTC and power modes one of three ways to suit. Ducati rather excitedly says it “allows the 821 to be transformed into three different motorcycles, each with a distinct personality”.
A 109hp liquid-cooled Testastretta two-cylinder engine offers performance on another planet compared to the original; 63lb ft of torque at 7,750rpm makes it rider-friendly as well, promises Ducati.
One of five new Ducatis set to debut for the 2018 model year, the new 821 Monster debuts on 5 November, ahead of the EICMA ‘Italian motorcycle show’ running from 9-12 November.