2009 Ducati Monster 696 Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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2009 Ducati Monster 696

Weighing in at 404 pounds full of Ducati’s Monster 696 is exceptionally

Whether you’re new to motorcycling or to brand, there is no better way to get either than with its 696. From the look, and sound of its air-cooled 696cc engine cradled in the company’s steel-trellis frame to its bold, shape bathed in Ferrari Red there’s no mistaking this for anything else other a Ducati.

Although the Ducati lacks some of the top-shelf as used on the Shiver, the basics are all A fixed 43mm Showa fork along with hydraulic shock absorber the load out back. Equivalent-sized front brakes, a friendly clutch and a sharp looking digital display.

Climbing the Monster 696 isn’t much of a at all, as it features a short seat height. Its low seating combined with its narrow make it feel like riding a minibike—that is if you’re inches tall. Yet even for a rider the cockpit isn’t as as you’d expect.

The reach to the handlebars is equally as diminutive, in turn creates a sportier position than the Shiver’s.

The only thing that how much fun you can have on the racetrack is the ground clearance.

Reach out and both the brake and clutch and you’ll notice just how light clutch lever is. Conversely the reach to the brake is slightly stretched and it cannot be like the Shiver’s. Thumb the button and the Monster’s air-cooled fires right up settling a lumpy idle. However, when cold, the engine stall and require a bit of warm-up it could idle on its own.

the throttle a couple times and the roars with that Ducati “vroom”. Press on the gear shift lever, and the clutch and you’re off and running.

the Aprilia’s liquid-cooled engine power literally everywhere, the air-cooled mill puts out a spread of power. For a novice this translates into confidence, but for an experienced rider it downright slow. As rpms increase a decently snappy is exposed, but it’s cut-short as soon as it starts, necessitating an

The Monster’s engine power is far docile than that of the Yet it’s still got some as Waheed demonstrates.

Even at speeds, vibration from the never really disappears, in-turn keeps the rearview from providing anything than a blurred picture. But again, this is a Ducati and it be one without a pulsating engine, ‘nuff said. But when together with its slightly power output, taller drive gearing and lack of protection, extended freeway can become downright boring.

as you dart off into that cloverleaf exit, be prepared to what could be the Monster’s attribute.

“I love the way it handles,” Atlas. “It feels almost your invincible… you can totally the thing like you’re a play-bike, it changes direction and you can carry a ridiculous amount of speed.”

In fact the only that limits the amount of fun you can have on the Monster is its ground or more specifically lack As opposed to the Aprilia the first to rub against the asphalt is the side Continue to lean the bike and you’ll start to feel and shift levers scrapping.

Don’t worry though, the Monster’s smaller Bridgestone continue to grip and will you to carry you until you hit a mid-corner and high center on a hard Consider yourself warned.

to the Shiver, adding a few turns of preload on the Sachs shock nets added ground but still cannot provide to completely get rid of foreign part While the Monster’s chassis softer than the Shiver’s, still flexible enough to even heavy riders, could make the 696 perfect for motorcycling with that someone in your life.

The lengths Atlas goes to to sure he’s giving the a fair shake down.

on paper the 696’s brakes are the same as the Aprilia’s, braking isn’t quite as sharp as the Sure, there’s plenty of and feel to get you stopped, but pull on the lever and you’ll experience initial bite followed by a braking force that really ramps up like the This feature in fact, can well for you if you have limited but we preferred the Aprilia’s.

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A multifunction Digitek display performance data and engine including speed, horizontal bar style tachometer, clock, maintenance warning, engine oil and air temperature, lap timer as well as warning lights. The system is compatible with Ducati’s Analyzer (DDA) accessory in which information can be downloaded and to analyze riding data. the Monster’s display is bright as as legible, its functionality is quirky and difficult to use than the Shiver’s.

In of build quality, usually within in a certain price are generally pretty similar. So we surprised when we started to the difference in overall quality comparing these two side-by-side. the Ducati utilizes cheaper plastic pieces, the Aprila more high-quality metal and appears to be much more looking than the at times Monster.

So Which One Should I Home?

Well that Even though only $4 their MSRPs and on paper look quite similar, bikes are literally night and day For Ducati, they’ve definitely a suitable bike for a beginner.

Its combination of friendly ergonomics, power delivery, and quick yet handling characteristics wrapped up in a unfiltered package. If you’re to jump into the wonderful of motorcycling and you’re small in than without a doubt the your machine.

But if you’re got miles under your and are the type of person that their toys quick, you’ll appreciate the added and technological refinement of the Aprilia. not to say that newbie riders enjoy the Aprilia, it’s that the Aprilia is a sharper, high-performance motorcycle that a bit more skill to master

For My Money

Adam Waheed, Editor: Both of these really surprised me, especially the For some reason I had it in my imagination the Ducati’s engine would been a lot more powerful it was. You’re probably not to outrun many cops on the but still it’s got enough to get the blood pumping, plus ridiculous how sweet it handles on the

If it only had more ground I could … on it all-day—it’s fun. But then again, I’m not a newbie so I don’t really the short seat height or engine and brakes. What I is a full sized motorcycle looks sharp and that I can around on and that’s exactly the Aprilia is.

Steve Atlas, Executive My own fiscal choice is a little Without a doubt, I’d take the Its motor’s got some punch, its is quick and easy, and it would be an motorcycle to live with But here’s the problem.

The Misses is to get into motorcycling, and after some time with the think I might have her the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

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