Ducati’s 2017 Monster 797 fits the perfect mold of a friendly, approachable, suitable bike for a beginner rider, thanks in part to its ergonomics, power, maneuverable size, and simplicity. Stemming from a long lineage of naked bikes that began with the Monster M900 in 1993, the 797 rounds out the Monster family, which also includes the new middleweight 821 and heralded 1200.
The Monster 797 uses the same 803cc, 90-degree V-twin engine found in the Scrambler Icon, and it growls with the same desmo-induced fury as the rest of the Italian marque’s steeds. Its stance is low and aggressive, and the bars are flat and wide. A tubular trellis-style frame is exposed underneath the fuel tank pillaged from the Monster 1200.
The Ducati Monster 797 is the perfect around-town bike for me, with a 31.7-inch seat height, plenty of power for day-to-day use, light weight, and easy handling.