Ducati Monster 696 — Test ride and review I’d rather be riding

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Ducati Monster 696 – Test and review

I’ve never too interested in roadster style or motorcycles. But I’ve been more about pavement more recently. It doesn’t that there are so many roads in this area. And the Ducati Monster caught my

Something about its design. about the Ducati Type-L So why not test this beauty and see it has to show beyond its …

Ducati Monster 696. Eugene, 3rd, 2011

I couldn’t spending time looking at the The Italians have something design. They transform the shape into an exotic on the detail.

  And they make the sum of and shapes into a seamless product.

Ducati Monster 696. September 3rd, 2011

My at the European Motorcycles of Western were kind enough to let me it for a spin.

Here are the specs on little machine:

Frame: steel Trellis frame

1450mm (57.1in)

Rake: 24°

suspension: Marzocchi 43mm forks

Front wheel 120mm (4.7in)

Front 3-spoke light alloy x 17

Front Tire: Pirelli ST 120/60 17”

Rear suspension: Progressive with preload and rebound adjustable monoshock

Rear travel: 148mm (5.8in)

wheel: 3-spoke light 4.50 x 17

Rear tire: Angel ST 160/60 17”

Front 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston caliper

Rear brake: disc, 2-piston caliper

tank capacity: 15l – 3.8 gallon / 13.5l – 3.6 gallon (US) ABS

Dry weight: 161kg (355lb) / (359lb) ABS version

Instruments: unit displaying: Speedometer, rev clock, scheduled maintenance oil temperature, trip fuel, air lap time, warning light for low oil fuel level, fuel neutral, turn signals, immobilizer. Ready for DDA system

2 years unlimited mileage

Color (frame/wheel): Red (red / – Dark stealth (matte / black) – Stone white black / black) – Monster Art (matte black / black)

Dual seat, single

Seat height: 770mm

DTC: Not available on this

ABS: Available upon

Engine: Type L-Twin 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air

Displacement: 696cc

Bore x 88 x 57.2mm

Compression ratio:

Power: 58.8kW – 80hp @

Torque: 7.0kgm – 50.6lb-ft @

Fuel injection: Siemens fuel injection, 45mm body

Exhaust: 2 aluminum

Transmission: Gearbox: 6 speed

1st 32/13, 2nd 30/18, 3rd 28/21, 4th 5th 22/22, 6th 24/26

Primary Straight cut gears; Ratio

Final drive: Chain; sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 45

APTC wet multiplate with control

Before putting it motion, I really like to view of the bike, with well designed stubby end and the view of the tank.  Somehow it me of a 60′s Ferrari 250 GTO or a 60′s Romeo GTA.  The Italian racing color doesn’t in making this comparison.

Monster 696. Eugene, September 2011

Reading the specs, I more attention to the weight, the output, the torque figures and how relate to each other.  All good. But the question is: how does translate into the riding

Well, it moves! And it moves If you never rode a Ducati then don’t.

Ducati Monster 696

Because the L engines, their high their sounds, and what combo represents when in is addictive. Add great handling and the is total pleasure.

This is how it sounds.

The conventional that V-motors easily “character” in motorcycles applies to the L-motors.  Putting the bike in requires some slippage on the as the motor is a bit rough on low revs and the actuation seems to be really I’m sure a few more miles on bike would make me a operator.

Going through the is a very intuitive and smooth Only thing I noticed was a gap 1st and 2nd gear, first being a bit too and second too tall by comparison.  But it is noticeable when riding up on and your safe speed to be between 1st and 2nd gear.

  In 1st you over in second you lug the engine. I chose the 2nd after a few tries switching and forth between 1st and 2nd.

Too bad noise overcomes the sweet sounds on this video But when riding, you really it all. It is quite the experience. You can notice how it accelerates on the video.

  not. So let me tell you: it accelerate effortlessly. A Ducati They all like to be in fast reckon.

This bike is no exception, the 696 motor seems like it you to indulge in some throttle

Coming from the perspective of my enduro bikes, this ergonomics put you in a more aggressive Foot pegs are positioned behind, your body is forward, and you see the road up close.  But it is not as as what is today a classic bike.

It actually is a rather position. If you, like me, adventure touring bikes, I assume that, like happened to me, once you get moving and yourself with the location of the you will forget that you are on different ergonomics than regular set up. But you will certainly how well it handles.

Like the roadster that it is.

In terms of this bike is reasonably for what it delivers. For being an level of the Italian marque, it Ducati’s legendary performance well.

Bottom line:  I buy it?



It would not be my bike. Why? Mostly it is not the most practical machine for my touring style of riding.  But I love to have one just for

  There are plenty of nice in Oregon where this would excel. And I could the experience and sounds this delivers every weekend I’m not anywhere too far from home and gear. And if I were ever to get going to a track, this likely be my machine of choice.  Not to just to enjoy the riding only a Ducati can deliver. you ever been tempted to this bike?

Stop by closest Ducati dealer and one for a spin. Just don’t me when you write a check to the bike’s keys for good the test ride.

Edit:  On at the Wired magazine, under an titled “9 Rides Truly Gearheads Should Love” by Sam Smith and posted on 11/11/2011, is an interesting bit about the Monster.  The rides are a 2012 Mustang 302 a P-51 Mustang (yes, the airplane), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car, The great speed train the 1954-63 Mercedes Gullwing, Chris-Craft boats (any the 1920-50′s vintage), The 2012 GT-R, the Aprilia VF4 Factory SE (which he considers the Nissan of motorcycles), and the Ducati Monster.

And is what Sam wrote about the

Motorcycles are funny things. cars, most are specialized No one has to use a bike every day, so manufacturers are free to build almost completely without

That’s where the Ducati comes in.

[The Monster] is an pared-down sport bike, not a rocket, repli-racer or squid The 90-degree V-twin nestled in the trellis frame is a strong, piece, offered around the in displacements ranging from 400 to cc. This isn’t a machine of whether in power, handling or

You get what you get, but it’s always enough.

This is fast bikes used to like. This is also motorcycling, at its core, is all about: a you can see through and just enough to scare yourself.”


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