2012 Ducati Monster 696 Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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2012 Ducati Monster 696

The Ducati Monster 696 impressed all our in appearance and performance. See the video of how the Monster 696 stacked-up in our comparison.

The don’t need to be told how the Monster lineup is, but the Monster 696 the other bikes away in our when it came to the subjective The Duc scored 10s for engine performance, character, drivetrain, brakes, and appearance. During the objective tests, however, the only top earned by the Monster was its sprightly curb weight (63 pounds than the heavy Yamaha).

I the … appearance and sound of the bike has a way of affecting how the female interprets everything about it. the objective performance numbers one story, our experience onboard another.

When you want the it is there. It’s fun to accelerate the through all the gears. And it never like you needed more There were times I even use fifth or sixth on the as it had plenty of steam on tap.

Halfway through the day, we all to gravitate towards wanting time on the Italian bike. No broke out, but plenty of aggressive responses like, no, problem. I don’t mind

You go first,” could be heard.

The Ducati Monster 696 took 10’s in subjective scoring of performance and character — test riders wooed by the of the signature L-Twin powerplant.

V-Twin power has low-end that pulls all the way through the explains Sarah of the Duc’s engine. And Tania knew the first few minutes why they it a Monster, saying. “When you the power, it is there.”

The Ducati sounds intoxicating. From the you start the bike, the rumble you feel like you’re on a performance-oriented motorcycle. Considering how the riding experience can be, the Ducati’s on the senses can’t be overstated.

We also enjoyed how you can hear the coming from a distance. It is a characteristic of the Ducati engine and wonderful. “Nothing sounds as as a V-Twin sportbike,” adds

The Ducati drivetrain is smooth, and refined from the clutch to the transmission. It just seemed to do well. The clutch fit our smaller and riders and engaged consistently issue.

The levers on the Ducati are and were well positioned for all our

Suspension was stiff on the Monster, was just right for the more riders in our group. It allowed the to handle exceptionally well in the On the highway, some riders the bike was a little too stiff, for extended straight-line cruising.

It is no the Ducati feels like it has a suspension package. For those who thrive on fine-tuning the feel of the the rear suspension on this is a Sachs monoshock unit progressive linkage. This to a wide spectrum of both and damping settings.

Up front, an inverted Marzocchi ensures outstanding rider

“I had confidence that the would stick to the road. It instantly to my body position and It goes where you want it to says Tania.

The compact and shorter wheelbase of the Ducati it easy for testers to maneuver in spaces.

We all liked how the compact and shorter wheelbase made it easy to navigate, even the tightest parking lot maneuvers.

The binders were some of the I had ever experienced. The brakes up are 320mm floating discs by four-piston, radially mounted In the back, you’ll find a but slightly larger 245mm disc working with a caliper. What does it all Powerful brakes.

Great and feedback. Good for riders of all

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“The Brembo brakes like a charm. They great and stopped perfectly,” Vicki.

ABS is a nice feature, a sizeable percentage of Americans prefer to ride without it. The brakes may have required a more squeeze than the but once you were firm the lever, the stopping power totally adequate.

While the Ducati’s stopping did feel great from the seat, the actual braking proved the Italian Stallion a bit more stopping distance feet) than the best in Triumph Street Triple. I the Brembo equipment combined higher rider confidence us the perception we were stopping on a

This “user friendly” feels low to the ground and we could all the bike up with ease sitting. This is a rare for someone like me at 5’3”. I mind resting a bike on my hip to it backwards. I do it almost every I go out.

The fact that I have to do it with the Ducati was awesome. I thought to myself this is how tall people up.”

We enjoyed the graph-like and large speedo. The instrumentation included plenty of information a little wrench icon for needed and a lap timer. I found really looking down to see the but I was having too much fun to be truly

The Ducati has no fuel gauge, an early warning light goes off when the fuel gets low. We all agreed we prefer the feeling of knowing how you have left in the tank. is important on the Monster,” Tania “Especially since I can’t to go slow.”

Other complaints the instrumentation revolve around the riding position. “It’s a sensation to feel like on top of the front wheel and the instruments directly under my chin, so I had to down to check them,” Sarah. “They were and difficult to read, too.”

I how it felt like 98% of the bike was or behind me. I thought I preferred fairing and instrumentation up front, but bike proved that theory inaccurate.

The Ducati stands out in a crowd, hot in Ferrari red with the signature frame. Some … tend to look like lost a fairing on the road joked, but the Ducati looks planned and complete. It feels the designers paid close to every nook and cranny, and any angle, at any distance, this is motorcycle eye candy.

The bike is a of art.

“What is sexier a Ducati with a V-Twin engine and trellis frame and of Italian aesthetics?” sums up “The Monster defines art on two with the bonus of exceptional

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