2021 Ducati Monster launched at Rs 10.99 lakh
By autoX Editorial | on September 23, 2021
The Monster is one of the most popular motorcycles from Ducati and it’s back on sale in India in an all-new avatar. Updates in the new model include a new frame, a bigger engine, and an improved electronics package.
Ducati has launched the all-new Monster in India. Priced between Rs 10.99 lakh and Rs 11.34 lakh (ex-showroom), the new Monster is available in two variants, Monster and Monster+. Updates include a whole new platform, including an aluminium frame, beefier suspension, a bigger and more powerful engine, and a raft of electronic aids.
As you might have noticed, the Monster is no more available with 797 and 821 suffixes – it’ll only be sold in a single-spec that is the Monster. The Monster 1200 will continue to be sold alongside in global markets.
Speaking of the new version, the new Monster has received some major updates. The biggest change is that it no longer features the signature exposed trellis frame. Instead, it gets an all-new aluminium frame that’s similar to the one seen in the Panigale V4 and V2. According to Ducati, the new frame is lighter by around 4.5kg and it only weighs 3kg. What’s more, the new Monster is substantially lighter than its predecessor – compared to the Monster 821, the new version weighs 18kg less. Its dry weight is just 166kg.
2021 Ducati Monster Frame
Thanks to the new underpinnings, the Monster’s design is also remarkably different. It’s sleeker and narrower than before and looks more aggressive. However, it retains the round headlamp, the fuel tank is more muscular and the tail is sharp and tidy. Some of the key design elements that are new and unique include full-LED headlamps, integrated indicators on the fuel tank, new graphics, and a stubby twin-pipe exhaust system. The Monster+ variant gets a flyscreen and a pillion seat cowl over the standard version. You do also get a 4.3-inch full-colour display that’s similar to the ones seen on new age Panigales.
Powering the new Monster is a 937cc Testastretta 11° L-twin that’s already on offer with the SuperSport 950. This unit produces 109.4bhp @ 9,250rpm along with a peak torque of 93Nm @ 6,500rpm. These figures mark an improvement of 2bhp and 7Nm over the 821’s engine. Power transmission duties are carried out by a 6-speed gearbox, featuring a hydraulic clutch as well as a quick-shifter (standard).
At the front wheel, the Monster features a non-adjustable 43mm upside-down fork, while the rear wheel gets a pre-load adjustable mono-shock. Stopping force comes courtesy of dual 320mm front discs, with radially mounted Brembo M4.32 4-piston callipers, and a 245mm rear disc, with a 2-piston floating calliper. Among other updates, the new Monster’s steering angle has been increased by 7 degrees to 36 degrees in the name of improving its agility. The handlebar has been pulled back by 2.75 inches, and the riding position is more upright.
The electronics suite includes three standard riding modes – Sport, Urban, and Touring – as well as cornering ABS, launch control, traction control, and wheelie control.
The Monster will compete against the likes of the BMW F900R, Triumph Street Triple R, et al.
Here’s the full pricing (ex-showroom, India) of the new Monster range: