With the new Ducati Monster 797 it’s great to have an air-cooled two-valve engine back in a Ducati Monster package, harking back to the original Ducati Monster from the early ‘90s. This new addition to the Ducati Monster family uses the 803cc Desmodue L-twin from the Ducati Scrambler, but packages it in an utterly contemporary, but endearingly simplistic, package. The mew Ducati Monster 797 is expected to be a budget range motorcycle, likely to drag in more customers…
With a budget Ducati Monster 797 it couldn’t be much further removed from the top-end of Ducati excess. That means the simplistic, but refined, 75 horsepower, 68Nm torque, 803cc air-cooled engine, slipper clutch, a twin-spar swingarm, non-adjustable KYB 43mm forks, and preload/rebound adjustable Sachs monoshock for the rear.
Electronic rider aids are kept to the bare minimum too. There’s not traction control to lean on, but you do get the excellent Bosch 9.1MP ABS module mated to a thoroughly decent pair of Brembo M4.32 calipers that will easily haul the Ducati Monster 797’s 193 kilograms kerb mass plus rider down to an abrupt halt. The wheels are aluminum alloy 10-spoke items that wear a 120/70 17 front tire, and a 180/55 17 rear tire – which are Pirelli Diablo Rosso II as standard fitment.
The frame is a pleasing tubular steel trellis affair, and the 16.5 liters fuel tank is also steel – meaning rugged longevity, and that you can chuck a magnetic tank bag on for the daily grind, too.
Those who struggle with tall seat heights will hopefully get on well enough with the 805mm seat on the Ducati Monster 797, and once in position you’ll get a classic view over wide handlebars to a full LCD dash. The Ducati Monster 797 is also enabled to use Ducati’s Multimedia System, and boasts a USB power socket to keep devices powered up and connected.
According to our latest information, the Ducati Monster 797 will be manufactured or at least assembled in the Thai Ducati factory.