AHEAD of its official launch on November 5, Ducati has revealed the first of five new models for 2018, unveiling a new look Monster 821, with the new version of the iconic naked motorcycle from Borgo Panigale celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original model – launched at the Cologne Show back in October 1992.
The 821 inherits all the character and charm of the first Monster 900, the model that injected new life in the naked racers’ segment by successfully combining high performance, agility and rider-friendliness.
The Monster 821 changes its shape by adopting the design and functional features introduced in the Monster 1200: a sleek, streamlined look and feel, with a completely redesigned tank and tail end, a new racing silencer and headlight – both classic and contemporary, and a new colour TFT display.
Quick Shift and the Ducati multimedia system have been added as optional accessories, while the Monster returns in the historic Ducati Yellow colour as an exclusive paint option on the 821, with Red and Matte Black also available.
The 81kW (109HP) liquid-cooled twin cylinder Testastretta offer rider-friendly thrills with exciting performance, easy riding and unmatched fun, while the Monster 821 also features the Ducati Safety Pack, which comprises Bosch ABS and Ducati Traction Control, both of which have adjustable intervention levels.
The Riding Modes system ensures easy adjustment of ABS, DTC and Power Modes (controlling peak power and type of delivery), allowing the 821 to be transformed into three different motorcycles, each with a distinct personality.
Completing the impressive equipment of the Monster 821 are the Brembo brakes, with dual 320 mm discs and M4-32 monobloc radial callipers at the front. The suspension system includes 43 mm forks at the front and an adjustable shock absorber at the rear.
The Monster 821 will make its first public appearance at EICMA on November 9. Australian release dates and pricing will be announced soon.