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2008 Ducati Monster 696

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The is a seminal … motorcycle which has spawned great for Ducati. At the EICMA Milan Show, the Italian marque an all-new addition to the Monster – the Ducati Monster 696. many of the Ducatisti will be their lust on the all-new 848 and Superbikes, Ducati PR is pitching the new 696 as the star of the Milan Show.”

At a we can understand the claim. The 696 retains the Monster styling aesthetic, but you confuse this bike its 695 sibling. Cosmetic changes are the most notable perhaps the trellis frame being with what Ducati is a “Hybrid Trellis” frame.

It is a design which the manufacturer is “directly inspired by the 2007 MotoGP title-winning Desmosedici GP7 Even a cursory visual reveals the frame tubes are larger in diameter than on its Monster siblings and they into the all-new aluminum and swingarm.

Carrying the flowing of the new chassis is the 696′s sleek Eschewing the low-slung design of the 695 and the side cans of the S4R and S2R, new Monster sports a dual configuration. Also noticeable is the new of the exhaust downpipes, which around the side instead of the bike, cleaning up the bottom of Monster.

The chassis and exhaust designs to both retain the distinctive appeal, while modernizing a which launched the … 15 years ago. The changes amount to an 11-lb reduction the 695, for a claimed dry weight of 359

Powering the new Monster is a version of the housed in the 695. At 88 x 57.2mm, the and … are identical but the pistons and chamber have been The motor also sports new heads similar to those on the and Hypermotard.

Matching the reshaped on the air-cooled design are more fins, placed closer via an improved casting process.

The changes add up to a claimed 9% jump in at 80 ponies and 11% boost in torque to lb-ft. Numbers which contends gives the new 696 “the horsepower per liter ratio of all air-cooled units.”

Slowing the new Monster are Brembo four-piston calipers, with the front pinching down on dual rotors. The mondo brakes to deliver top-shelf performance, Ducati promises are “the of its class.”

2008 Ducati 696

The sweeping lines on the Monster 696 an all-new frame, subframe and as well as cleaned up undertail

Style-wise, the 696 further distinguishes with mirrors more resembling the 1098 than Monsters. Also discarded the Monster style bag are the more analog instruments, which are on the 696 with an electronic display in appearance to the Hypermotard.

A new triple-arc is all-alone up front, with an LED out back. The rear tail can also change appearance and with ease thanks to a seat cover.

No MSRP is yet for the new Monster. Ducati does a favorable monetary promise the 696, however, and its entire lineup, with the Bologna claiming: “Every 2008 requires maintenance less and with fewer parts servicing, dramatically reducing costs – by as much as 50%.”

If true, the claim is more news for Ducati, which is on a roll after the success of its and Hypermotard. Success which CEO, Gabriele Del Torchio, in his opening address at the EICMA – the Italian manufacturer having positive growth for the third quarter.

Helping the Ducati line is the pricey Desmosedici RR, on display at Milan, which has its limited-edition production run balloon up to

Another notable Milan for Ducati is a Special Edition S4RS. The Hypermotard also to the event it headlined in 2005. The change for Hypermotard in 2008 a color swap, but the availability of the enabling beast in all-black is perfect.


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