Ducati Monster 796 Specs — Review and Test Drive of 2011 Ducati Monster…

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2011 Ducati Monster 796 Ride

What happens an Italian motorcycle manufacturer with lusty, high-priced takes aim at the sub-$10,000 …


Bologna, Italy- The new Monster 796 is a middleweight for Ducatisti dissuaded by the disparity in …-bike options. by the entry-level Monster 696 and the big-bore the new 796 model is priced at $9995, $1000 more than the Monster. The Monster lineup has an unqualified success for Ducati, more than 225,000 and sustaining the Italian manufacturer one of the most challenging retail of the last century.

But will the 796 that momentum, and is it as good as it on paper? We blasted through the roads near Ducati to find out.

The Specs

its stripped-down styling and tubular frame to its exposed L-twin and large dual exhaust the Monster 796’s road is all about elemental simplicity. raw visual cues recall an era you could see through motorcycles, and backed up with simple underpinnings such as an air-cooled that incorporates the same valve setup that has used for decades.

The fuel-injected 803-cc engine 87 hp at 8250 rpm and 58 lb-ft of torque at rpm, which is relatively compared to all-out, liquid-cooled However, considering the Monster 796 only 369 pounds dry, or 373 when equipped with the ABS system ($1000), those yield a class-leading power-to-weight

Exhaust from the engine through a 2-1-2 setup an updated heat-shield design, and the pairs to a six-speed gearbox a hydraulically actuated, APTC-style clutch. With its revised and engine castings, the 796’s is actually lighter than the (incidentally, maintenance costs been reduced thanks to a service interval). Fuel is estimated at 42 miles per gallon city/highway).

Up front are non-adjustable 43-mm forks; canyon carvers and fans will likely more appeal in the Monster fully adjustable forks. The suspension consists of a single-sided arm, a visually sexier and lightweight arrangement than the setup found on the Monster A preload and rebound-adjustable progressive monoshock connects the swing arm to the offering 5.8 inches of rear travel.

Four-piston, twin Brembo brakes are radially to the front wheel, and the rear gets a two-piston, 245-mm disc. Instrumentation consists of a digital display capable of the Ducati Data Analyzer, is available as an accessory. This collects performance data-including rpm, throttle position and speed-which can be downloaded to a PC via a USB plug under the seat.

A few ergonomic make their debut on the Monster 796, most a tapered aluminum handlebar nearly an inch higher, a that has been lowered inches (to 31.5 inches), and the of four-way-adjustable hand levers. The has also been re-sculpted to a shape that doesn’t the rider against the tank so firmly. Additionally, a new subframe is now for accessory passenger grab

The Ride

When it comes to impressions, Ducatis have been more about and personality than ergonomic and the Monster 796 certainly fits mold-though it offers some refinements. Climb aboard a and there’s an immediately perceptible over previous Monsters; is the sensation that your (or womanhood) is being endangered by the tank, and the newly found room is a welcome advance in the of rider comfort.

Ducati Monster 796

Though the is higher, the Monster 796’s is still stretched out enough to off the sportbike-averse. But for riders who don’t a moderately aggressive seating the 796’s rearward foot and forward-mounted grips feel to navigating city streets.

The L-twin engine starts a bark that graduates to a snarl when revved, and the lever engages and releases little effort. Click the into gear, and there’s a bit of at the pedal, and an occasional tendency for neutrals between fourth and gears when shifts instigated with an authoritative

Off the line and beyond, the Monster 796 to throttle twists with aggressive acceleration that with fat low-end torque and with a quick climb the rev limiter. Handling is similarly though the 796’s suspension less compliant than of the 1100, shock transference quite jarring enough to be

Road feel and responsiveness precedence over comfort, and chasing Dakar Rally Beppe Gualini through hillsides, the middle-size Monster to be remarkably capable of flicking turns, remaining stable and exiting with oodles of on hand. Riders familiar high-revving sportbikes with four-cylinder motors might the Monster short-winded with its power peak, but once to the L-twin’s beefy, low-end all that’s required are judicious to maintain an uninterrupted flow of to the rear wheel.

Equipped with ABS, our bike’s MSRP was $10,995. The system activated several during our afternoon of aggressive but once we were acquainted its dynamic, it enabled us to brake confidently, with the knowledge our aggressive decelerations wouldn’t in wheel lockup. The system can be though it automatically reactivates if the is shut off and restarted.

The Bottom

In an age where sportbikes are capable of six-figure supercars, there’s a temptation to dismiss middleweight as uninspiring underperformers. That may even support the theory motorcycles like the Ducati 796 are good for beginners-though that’s a assumption, considering the bike’s handling and acceleration.

This is a capable and attractively bike that should to riders who enjoy the love-’em-or-leave-’em traits of Italian motorcycles the stigma of an overpowered superbike. not the best choice for beginners, but a nimble and powerful performer gives intermediate riders to grow into, while satisfying advanced riders.

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