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Ducati Monster 696

Ducati Monster 696

For most the image brought to mind by the Ducati is probably a fully red sportbike like the classic 916 or the 1098. But the essence of Ducati, if you at sales figures, is really the This model has sold 200,000 units worldwide about half of Ducati’s production levels), and it brings the money necessary for the development of more ambitious projects.

But the isn’t just some guy’s flash of brilliance. The provides all-important Ducati and style at a more affordable with various models off a central theme. And the bellwether of Ducati is going with concept in the future is the 2009 696.

It’s familiar yet predictable but surprising, and it foretells the succession of Monsters built off its architecture.

Despite the relatively pricing. you can readily experience the flavor of the storied Italian in any long, sweeping corner. The 696 in instantly in response to the rider’s then is stable and predictable at lean, able to describe a precise arc, needing tiny variations in pressure at the bars. At the same time, the responds to the rider’s right with a compelling exhaust that alters in intensity at small change of throttle

A personality that is responsive, and charismatic; that’s a combination you in a motorcycle and the Monster 696 delivers it. I that might come as a to people who consider the Monster an entry-level Ducati for those not financially able to meet the of the machine’s more exotic mates.

But if you want to get riders on the quintessential character of Ducati’s line, there has to be a decent-sized of mechanical allure in the base And in the 696 there is.

The 696’s chassis is as it must be to provide the basis for a new generation of Monsters. The steel that rides piggyback on the L-twin engine uses wider-diameter tubing than in models, and it hooks to a new aluminum that supports the seat and suspension.

Although we’ve seen the suspension described as a rising-rate the Sachs monoshock unit is directly between the new swing arm and the sub frame. If there’s any variation in it’s due to the change in the relationship of the two points as the swing arm deflects.

In any the rear suspension takes the off bump impacts nicely, and a pretty flat ride a minimum of unnecessary motion. The wheel is controlled by an inverted fork of visibly sturdy and although this unit is and well damped, its relationship to the tubular handlebar is such rippled surfaces transmit mild jack-hammer vibrations.

of the time, the ride is good. So is the position, which is surprisingly for a … bike with a handlebar. Climb off the Monster 696 say, a Suzuki SV650, and the is surprising.

The Monster’s bars are set low and far and the rider’s posture ends up somewhere between that of a and that of a standard. While the are set fairly far back, they are low enough to avoid the folded-up you get on some dedicated sportbikes.

It’s a good compromise, and some way to help negate the that makes its way past the fly screen that adorns the front end. Sit on a more bike and try the same speeds and soon hanging on for dear And those speeds turn out to be high.

The new Monster produces a 80-horsepower, but you wouldn’t think so the enthusiastic way this bike into the 90-mph cruise

The engine’s … smooth at speed too, and the bike like it can maintain that for days. Like other (sorry Ducati, L-twins) pronounced vibration at low engine at big throttle openings that one from fully exploiting the spread of torque. Below 4,000 rpm, the engine palpably if you twist the grip.

You can use low speeds for smooth cruising a barely cracked throttle, but if you more power, then a is in order.

Since the revised L-twin with new heads and bigger pulls willingly to just its power peak of 9,000 there’s plenty of range. And it runs out, well, the works smoothly, and the clutch is a light pull, even if it late in the lever’s throw, and is much an on-off mechanism. makes riding around a bit tricky until you get used to it, but great for normal street because you just give the a short pull during and the job’s done.

Neither of the is adjustable, but where we might altered the clutch lever’s position, the brake lever just fine. Controlling two big gripped by radial mount calipers, this lever felt over-powered or grabby, though a two-fingered squeeze is all it to stand the bike on its front

The steering is quick on this and the whole platform is as flickable as out there. While it takes a to get accustomed to this much it’s teamed with stability in the canyons. A low center of helps here too, a rider change direction very little effort.

Low-riding footpegs let you know ground clearance is becoming an but they do so mainly by dropping the of the soles of your boots the road surface.

That’s the pegs themselves are short, and share a somewhat inelegant that serves as mounting for the passenger pegs. The casting the heels of your boots In this pigeon-toed position, my are wider than the pegs. the first warning about limitations comes in the form of a vibration as asphalt grinds off rubber.

Sure, there are ways of learning about it.

easy to see why Monsters are popular riders who commute to work as as take to the hills on weekends. The makes fun of either exercise. Its quick steering works in traffic situations, particularly now Ducati has increased the amount of lock to 64-degrees by placing the apertures where the handlebar cubes approach the tank. real tank and the air-box are two replaceable plastic tank-cover

Since the intakes are recessed, the can move more before anything. With this lock, U-turns on two-lane are easy to manage. The seat is at a fairly low altitude, better shorter riders, and if you pull off the seat cowl that as standard on US-market 696s, you can take along a passenger.

versatility is to be commended in a market by tightly focused product, and we the 696 offers an interesting combination of and exhilaration. Especially at that Now let’s see what other appear in future Monsters.


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