Ducati has unveiled the most thoroughly reworked Monster in its history. For starters, there’s a new aluminium front frame, replacing the trellis frame from before. Also, the name now is just Monster, but there are two variants on offer – the standard Monster and Monster +. The + model is mechanically the same but has some extra styling bits and costs slightly higher than the standard model.
Other major changes, of which there are many, include a weight shedding program resulting in a whopping 16 kilograms reduction. The new Monster now weighs just 166 kilograms (dry), compared to the earlier 188. This is thanks to the new frame which now attaches directly to the engine. Ducati has also reduced the fuel tank size to 14 litres and raised the seat height to 820 mm.
Furthermore, components like the wheels, swingarm, handlebar, wheelbase and more have been adjusted ever so slightly to make the Monster much more agile and user-friendly. The front suspension is a 43mm USD fork (non-adjustable) while the rear is a preload-adjustable mono-shock. Braking duties are taken care of by the twin Brembo M4.32 callipers at the front.
Most importantly, the 2021 Monster comes with a 937cc motor from the Supersport and Multistrada 950. That V-twin engine makes 110 bhp and 9.48 kgm of torque, which is slightly higher than the 821cc motor from before. There’s a 6-speed transmission with a bi-directional quickshifter, too. Also, Ducati has equipped the Monster with 3 riding modes – Sport, Touring, and Urban. The 2021 Monster now gets a 4.3-inch TFT display.
As far as looks are concerned, the Monster was always a good looking, slightly muscular looking motorcycle. This brand new seems to look a lot sleeker than before, especially thanks to the twin-upswept exhausts and LED elements at the front and back. So, when will we see the Monster in India? Sources suggest hopefully sometime next year.