First Ride

First ride: Ducati Monster 821 review - page 2

First ride: Ducati Monster 821 review - page 2

We try Ducati's latest Monster on some of Italy's more questionable roads

 

Verdict:

Has Ducati done enough to bring the 821 up-to-speed with rivals in the fast-moving nake-bike class?

I'm not sure, as competitor models offer more spec for a lower or similar price. Just take the Triumph Street Triple RS, which at £10,100 – only £5 more than the Monster yellow and black variants – offers fully adjustable Showa suspension, five riding modes and a quick-shifter as standard.

Similarly, the £7,999 MT-09 offers both adjustable suspension and a quick-shifter.

But, what neither of the above boast is the Monster’s impeccable design or impressive family tree, which spans the history of the modern naked machine.

Specs:

Model tested: Ducati Monster 821

Price: Red £9,895, Ducati Yellow and Dark Stealth £10,095

Engine: 821cc Testastretta 11 degree L-Twin

Power: 109hp @ 9,250rpm

Torque: 63 lbft @ 7,750rpm

Kerb weight: 206kg

Seat height: 810mm