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Ducati Monster 695

MD Ride Review: 2007 Monster 695

In the language of the industry’s types, Ducati is a brand thrives on aspiration. Meaning while a majority of riders afford to buy a Ducati (which costs significantly more a competing Japanese machine), aspire to one day own one of these Italian

Ducati’s goal is to keep buyers attention, keep dreaming about their until the day when they get big raise, their kids out, or they’ve got some in their home; the day they to treat themselves to an exclusive, bike like a Monster S4R or High-end auto manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche used similar marketing to good effect.

Part of strategy involves offering models that can bring with less disposable ‘in the door’ – the idea being once they’ve bought first Ducati, they’ll be and as they become more successful, they’ll move up to the exclusive (and more models, while still within the Ducati family. this strategy has been for many auto manufacturers – at the Porsche Boxster, a car obviously to be a prelude to ownership of a 911.

Ducati’s latest entry this entry-level market is the 695, which replaces the Monster 620. Carrying an of $7,495 in the US, the Monster 695 is designed to those new to the brand to Ducati’s Monster lineup. Although indicate an entry-level bike, designers intended the 695 to be a machine wouldn’t feel ‘low-end’ to an rider, since buyers be new to the Ducati brand, but not to motorcycling.

The 90-degree V-Twin powerplant is and uses two valves per cylinder, by Ducati’s classic Desmo system. For everyday riding the is superb – offering a broad, spread of power and torque pulls from right off only tapering off quickly its 8500rpm power peak it produces a claimed 73 crankshaft

The Monster 695 transfers power to the via a 6-speed gearbox featuring exclusive Adler Power Clutch. The APTC is claimed to a much lighter clutch while at the same time as a ‘slipper’ clutch – preventing the wheel from locking due to braking when downshifting could be a safety issue for riders).

Unfortunately, the clutch on our unit didn’t work well – the action was abrupt and making it difficult to smoothly away from a stop. I that it may have been from the abuse of previous possibly attempting to ‘clutch it up’ and for the camera.

Another issue we had was with the extremely tall gearing, combined with the grabby to cause me to stall several when trying to pull from a stop. Yes, I’m and no, I can’t remember the last I stalled a motorcycle. Our solution was to ask to send us a 14-tooth countershaft (one tooth smaller the 15T stock), which made the significantly lower.

While I found that the 695 was over-geared (if I one, I would go up a few teeth on the sprocket as well), it was certainly more rideable than in its configuration.

The chassis uses traditional tubular steel frame configuration, with the tubes painted in a rich red to nicely with the black and body panels. A non-adjustable Marzocchi USD fork handles the duties up front, while out you’ll find a preload- and Sachs shock damping the wheel’s motion through a linkage. Braking is courtesy of 300mm discs up front, by twin Brembo two-piston

The rear brake is a single disc using a smaller caliper.

I have to admit going into this I didn’t have high for the Monster 695′s suspension. Of all the bikes with non-adjustable I’ve tested in the past, few impressed me as having above-average characteristics.

Fortunately, that was not the with the 695. Admittedly, I am on the side for an … male (

135lbs), but I found the 695′s combo to be quite impressive its budget nature. Although ends are sprung softly for aggressive street riding or day use, for typical sport use the Marzocchi forks and Sachs got the job done and never left me more. Certainly an impressive considering I am a much more and aggressive rider than I imagine is the target market for bike.

The only suspension I made (well, the only available) were to increase spring preload by one full and add two clicks of rebound damping. increased the rear ride offering more ground and sharper steering, while at the time giving better and feedback from the rear Heavier riders may find even more preload is to keep the 695 on an even keel – the spring is quite soft.

The Monster’s chassis geometry it an interesting feel, one that some getting used to. It was confidence-inspiring once I was acclimated. The end strikes a good balance stability and sharp steering, was excellent for general street

Ducati Monster 695

For aggressive canyon riding, rear ride height (as above) offers quicker without much loss in mainly because the 695 mill produce enough power to much rearward weight In either configuration (stock or rear ride height), the 695 excellent front-end feedback.

The 695 is an canyon-carver, at least up to a moderately pace. The limiting factor is the low-mount exhausts, which out when cornering hard. restrict the bike’s lean to a certain extent, although I most novice riders ever find themselves the pipes. Fortunately, Ducati a simple remedy – a set of Termignoni silencers is available through the accessory catalog.

So although the low-hanging pipes bother an entry-level buyer, if he to have issues as his skill increases, he has a remedy available at the

Braking performance is adequate, and in the expected ballpark for an entry-level like this. The dual Brembo calipers provide the stopping power, but have a wooden feel — not much Still, they get the job done, and you do get the Brembo logo on the calipers.

remember that not all Brembos are equal.

The riding position is Monster – pegs somewhat and rearward, long reach to the across the seemingly elongated (it doesn’t look that only seems it when you to reach across it). For riding, this can be tiring for the and forearms, but the trade-off is in freeway

The 695 is perhaps the most comfortable bike I’ve ever on the freeway, with the forward of the rider’s torso mitigating of the wind blast, which the weight off your wrists and Speeds in excess of 80mph are no something I can’t say about of the … bikes I’ve Comfort is otherwise good, and the position enhances the already front-end feedback.

Despite the problem we had with our unit’s clutch, we have to be with the Monster 695. The is simply beautiful. the black on the tank and fender is rich and and the red on the trellis frame shines a polished fire engine. a few small details let it down, like the ugly caps the USD forks and the boxy, basic

Still, when the owner of a 695 contemplates his bike in the garage, definitely feel like he got his worth, and that feeling fade when he takes it out for a

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Ducati Monster 695
Ducati Monster 695
Ducati Monster 695

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