- 25-year-old Monster 900 was inspiration for 821
- Ducati Safety Pack keeps a rein on performance
- Monster 821 first of five new models for 2018
BORGO PANIGALE, Italy – Ducati has released information and images of the first of five new models to be released by the Italian motorcycling icon – Monster 821.
The latest “naked” motorcycle from Borgo Panigale was shown at a bash to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original model that was launched at the Cologne Show back in October 1992.
“The 821 inherits all the character and charm of the first Monster 900,” the bikemaker said. “That was the model that injected new life in the naked racers’ segment by combining performance, agility and rider-friendliness.”
The Monster 821 is said to have adopted the design and functional features of the Monster 1200: they include a sleek, streamlined design with completely re-designed fuel tank and tail end – again, inspired by the 1992 version.
There’s a new racing silencer and headlight – classic yet contemporary. There’s a colour TFT screen to display all speed and engine data as well as current gear and fuel level.
The Ducati Quick Shift up/down and multimedia systems will be available as accessories.
Ducati added in a media communication sent to Carman’s Corner: “The Monster returns in the historic Ducati Yellow that has already charmed so many Monster fans. This colour, available only for the 821, joins red and matte black.
“The 81kW at 9250rpm available from the liquid-cooled twin-cylinder Testastretta is supported by 86Nm at 7750rpm for exciting performance, easy riding and unmatched fun.”
The machine comes also with Ducati’s ‘Safety Pack’ with its Bosch anti-lock brakes and Ducati traction control, each with adjustable intervention levels. ‘Riding Modes’ can adjust ABS, DTC and ‘Power Modes’ (they control peak power and type of delivery) allow the 821 to be three different motorcycles.
‘JUST THE FIRST’
The brakes are from Brembo: dual 320mm discs and monobloc radial callipers at the front. The suspension system uses 43mm forks at the front and an adjustable shock-absorber at the rear.
“The new Monster 821,” Ducati says,”is just the first of the 2018 Ducati range to be launched on November 5 2017 when the bikemakers will unveil four more models ahead of bein presented to the general public at EICMA over November 9-12 2017.