Ducati has just announced the debut of the new Monster 821, the latest entry to the family of motorcycles that have been best-sellers for the Bologna firm since their inception. This new mid-size Monster utilizes the 821cc second-generation testastretta 11° V-twin engine first seen in the latest Hypermotard, pumping out a claimed 112 horsepower and 65.9 ft/lb of torque. The chassis looks to be the same integrated trellis frame structure that uses the engine as a load-bearing member first seen on the Monster 1200, along with the adjustable seat height. Ducati is claiming a 395.7-pound dry weight figure for the new Monster 821.
The same electronics suite on the Monster 1200 makes its way to the smaller 821, with 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS, and 3-level ride-by-wire throttle response settings. Available colors will be Monster 821 Dark version in dark stealth paint with black frame and wheels, along with Ducati Red with red frame and black wheels, and Star White Silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both the red and white versions come with a color-matched single seat cover.
Ducati says the new Monster 821 will be available at your local dealer beginning in July. MSRP is set at $10,995 for the Monster Dark version, and $11,495 for the standard color 821.
The following is Ducati’s press release on the new Monster 821:
Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 28 May, 2014 – Ducati announces the brand new Monster 821, a mid-size entry for the third generation of the iconic naked model and the latest chapter in the Bologna-built motorcycle’s famous story. Underlining Ducati’s strong association to the Bologna region, the company has chosen to release the first images of the new model portrayed in typical Bolognese ambience.
Following the successful unveiling of the new generation Monster 1200 at the Milan International Motorcycle show in November, Ducati now introduces the Monster 821, a mid-size version of the exciting new model and the latest entry to the world of Monster.
Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the essential new model maintains its stylish character using the new chassis and muscular styling of the Monster 1200, designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies.
Powered by the latest edition of Ducati’s highly successful 821 Testastretta 11° engine, the highly accessible new Monster combines 112hp and 65.9ft-lb of torque with an impressively lightweight 179.5kg – 395.7lb (dry weight) overall package. This stylish mix of minimalism and performance paves the way back to the original essence of the Monster concept, where less-is-more and made-in-Italy combine to create a motorcycle lifestyle.
High-spec brakes, excellent suspension and stylish componentry merge with Ducati’s best-yet ergonomics to offer the Italian manufacturer’s most attractive mid-range Monster ever. Super comfortable and with an innovative adjustable seat height, the model also combines 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.
The Monster 821 uses next generation technologies to create an enhanced rider/motorcycle relationship, delivering a high-adrenaline experience while constantly reassuring with the feeling of complete control and ergonomic integration.
Available in Ducati Dealerships from July 2014 onwards, the Monster 821 Dark is presented in dark stealth with black frame and black wheels, while the Monster 821 is dressed in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels or star white silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with colour-matched single-seat covers. The brand new model is also made available to restricted license holders with the specially regulated power versions of 25kw for Switzerland and 35kw for other participating countries.