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Ducati Monster 797 [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement803 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight193 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 8,37,430

Ducati Monster 797 [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Ducati Monster 797 [2018-2019] Summary

Monster 797 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 803 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 193 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.5 litres
Seat Height 805 mm
Max Power 75 bhp

About Monster 797 [2018-2019]

Ducati launched the new Monster 797 in India at Rs 7.77 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). It is now the smallest member of Ducati's Monster tribe of naked motorcycles.

The Ducati Monster 797 made its debut at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. Design-wise, it looks like a smaller version of its larger siblings like the Monster 821. It features new LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, while borrowing the LCD instrument panel from the 821. It is offered in three colours - red, white, and black.

The Ducati Monster 797 features a one-piece tubular steel trellis frame along with a twin-spar swing arm. The suspension duties are handled by a 43mm Kayaba USD fork up front, and there is a preload/rebound adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear. Braking power comes from twin 320mm Brembo brakes with radially mounted four-piston monobloc callipers up front and a single 245mm Brembo disc at the rear with a single piston floating calliper. ABS is standard on the Monster 797. The motorcycle rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 20/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres.

Powering the Ducati Monster 797 is a fuel injected 803cc L-twin air-cooled engine. This unit produces 74bhp of power at 8,250rpm and 68.6Nm of torque at 5,750rpm. This is sent to the rear wheel through a six-speed gearbox. The Monster 797 Plus is a new variant that gets a fly screen and pillion seat cowl. These are colour coordinated with the fuel tank and front fender. These accessories can also be retrofitted on the standard Monster 797 for around Rs 36,000.

Although the 797 is the newest in the Monster range, it is presently also the smallest. It is slotted below the 821 and with a price of Rs 7.77 lakh, it's almost Rs 3 lakh cheaper than the bigger sibling. It is brought to India as a CBU through the Thailand route and competes with the Triumph Street Triple in our market.
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Ducati Monster 797 [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • It is easy to ride
    • Engine has linear power delivery
  • Could be Better

    • Could get better electronic aids
    • Tends to heat up in traffic conditions

BikeWale's Take

The Ducati Monster 797 is for someone looking to upgrade from a 300cc-400cc motorcycle. It is comfortable and easy to ride although it does tend to heat up in heavy traffic conditions.  The Monster 797 could also do better with an updated electronic package and wider service reach.

Ducati Monster 797 [2018-2019] Review

This, the new Monster 797, is Ducati's most affordable motorcycle in India. It uses the engine and gearbox from the Scrambler, but adds more visual mass and classic street bike styling to the package. 

What is it?

Why I would buy the Monster 797

It’s an easy to ride, easy to exploit motorcycle that’s also great for upgraders moving from 300s and 400s as well as for those ride-again motorcyclists.

Why I would avoid the Monster 797

It might be a Ducati, but besides those looks, there’s nothing else that really tugs at your heartstrings. It does the job, yes, but it doesn’t feel special.

This, the new Monster 797, the most affordable Monster in India. It uses the engine and gearbox from the Scrambler, but adds more visual mass and classic street bike styling to the package. 

It has more commuter-centric ergonomics too. The footrests, compared to the Monster 821, are lower and more forward set. The seat is softer. And, although the flat handlebar is a slight stretch, that leaves you with a mildly crouched seating position, it isn’t tedious.

There are styling differences between the 821 and 797 as well. The fuel tank on the cheaper 797 is smaller and less muscular. The headlamp, although oval, is a completely different unit. The switchgear is new, the instrumentation throws up less info, and as is clear in the images, the 797 also gets less exotic cycle parts. The chassis is a more traditional trellis item and the swing-arm now uses a side mounted rear monoshock. What's more, a single boom endcan replaces the hairy-chested double barrel exhaust from the 821.

How is it to ride?

The one thing that impressed us about the 821 was its city-friendly nature. This was a 200+ kg motorcycle with 112bhp on tap. But, on the move, even at low speeds, its balance and flickability were all very impressive.

The 797 is lighter and less powerful. And it sits on a shorter wheelbase. Not surprisingly, it’s a joy in the city as well. Again, the balance and flickability is top notch and not just for a bike its size and weight. Plus, the more you ride it, the tighter it shrinks around you. Soon, you end up jostling with Pulsars and Apaches and Activas on your daily commute. There are a few issues, however. The Monster 797 does run hot in traffic. It’s also got a slightly snappy on-off throttle response. And that huge turning circle can be quite a pain while maneuvering. But none of these are deal-breakers. Irritating, yes, but you can live with it; much like your spouse.

The new Monster is also quite likeable as a highway machine thanks to both its cycle parts and the engine-gearbox combo. The engine – 803cc, air-cooled L-Twin – makes 73bhp of peak power. But, it’s the torque that builds early and peaks just before 6,000rpm that makes the 797 both friendly and capable. This Monster is happy to amble about at 3,000rpm (even in 6th gear). It’s also refined, quiet and devoid of vibes here. And if you gas it, it just hooks up and gets its speedometer in a tizzy. Sure, it judders a bit, but nothing too extreme to put you off. The power delivery is potent but linear; the turn of speed is quick but not overwhelming; and although it can do some serious three-digit speeds, it rarely feels loose or nervous getting there. We would have liked a better exhaust note to complement the bike’s performance, however. And a little less alacrity in the way it builds vibrations as speeds increase. But, not only is the 797 a competent straight-line speedster, it loves cornering as well. It drops into corners effortlessly and feels light-footed through quick direction changes. What’s more, the positive feel from the tyres, the chassis and its front end allows one to carry handsome corner speeds, even in the wet!

The bike doesn’t mind the odd bump when leaned over either. But, the suspension is set up slightly stiff. So, even though the 797 feels good over undulating roads and while negotiating a series of bumps at speed, at slower speeds, it’s not exactly the epitome of comfort.

But, like we said… this isn’t a deal-breaker either.

Anything else I should know?

Since the Monster 797 is Ducati’s entry-level offering, it doesn’t get any electronics at all. There’s ABS and a slipper clutch, but that’s it. There is a menu option as part of the instrumentation, but nothing there really enriches one’s riding experience.

The 43mm Kayaba front forks and the Sachs monoshock at the rear certainly do. These along with the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres give the Monster its dynamic edge. The Kayabas though are not adjustable while the Sachs can be set for pre-load and rebound. In both cases, we would have liked slightly more travel.

Another fact about the 797 is that it might have borrowed its engine and gearbox from the Scrambler, but it uses the 821’s clutch. As a result, the clutch pull on the new Monster is lighter and the gearshifts are less clunky. But, Ducati still hasn’t been able to cure the ‘false-neutral’ problem…

Should I buy one?

We quite liked the Monster 821. And we like the new 797 as well. But, unlike the former, the 797 isn’t an exciting bike. It does everything you ask of it – commuting, taking on the twisties, being a hooligan, and with some windblast, touring as well.

But then almost every bike in and around the 797’s price point can do all of that. So in that sense the new Monster just doesn’t feel special. We’d say buy it if you are upgrading from 300s and 400s or are getting back into motorcycling, and of course, you want a Ducati.

Where does it fit in?

The Monster 797 only has two serious competitors. On one end is the brawny and powerful Kawasaki Z900 and on the other is the more sophisticated Triumph Street Triple 765. The Kawasaki is cheaper while the Triumph is more expensive. The Z900 is heavier while the Street Triple is lighter. But, in both cases, the Monster 797 simply can’t match them in firepower.

Photography by Kapil Angane

Gear Check

1- Arai Astro-IQ: Part of Arai Helmets Japanese range, the Astro-IQ sits just under the top-end RX-& range of helmets. It is great on fit, quality, safety, comfort and visibility.

Price: Rs 60,000

2- Sena 20S Bluetooth set: Sena’s top of the line 20S is a one-stop solution for all one’s music and communication needs. It is expensive but I love it.

Price: Rs 20,000

3- Rjay Octane II Jacket: Extremely light with fantastic ventilation, the Octane works like a charm in Indian weather conditions.

Price: Rs 8,500

4- Ixon RS Circuit HP gloves: Not the best full-glautlet gloves I have used but the Ixons do a fair job be it comfort or protection.

Price: Rs 8,000

5-Alpinestars AST pants: ASTs offer good fit and protection. But these are mostly rain pants and can get hot under the sun. It doesn’t get enough pockets either.

Price: Rs 12,500

6- Forma Adventure boots: Forma has got the touring, commuting and some bit of off-roading handiness bang on with the Adventure boots. I like them.

Price: Rs 16,000

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 71.4 bhp @ 8,250 rpm

    Max Torque 67 Nm @ 5,750 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 803 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88 mm

    Stroke 66 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 11.0:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 16.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/55 ZR17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 245 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4-Piston , Rear-Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 ZR17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 43 mm Kayaba USD fork

    Rear Suspension Sachs monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 193 kg

    Overall Length --

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,435 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 805 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type Tubular steel Trellis frame

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Ducati Monster 797 [2018-2019] User Reviews

4.4 11 ratings 5 reviews
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  •  4A monster on wheels 3 years ago by Sumesh Soman, Noida

    Unleashing red demons on road is a forte of this company, with a dominant history in the art of bike making, ducati has always been one of the top companies when it comes to big bikes. Ducati launched its latest model, the all-new ducati monster 797 in india in july las

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

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    • Got mileage of

      17 kmpl

  •  4Breath taking bike 3 years ago by Alister Dsouza, Ahmednagar

    Bike is amazing.Has a beast in her.Not given much problems.Regular maintenance is required to keep it in shape.Buying the buy was a great experience. At high speed the bike is very stable. In traffic the bike gets hot.Pros the bike doesn't give much of problems. It's ve

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      Leisure Rides

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      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      18 kmpl

  •  4Pros cons and comparison 3 years ago by Smit, Ahmedabad

    Well, i got my monster 797 for about 8.2 on road, ahmedabad. The bike looks really good and feels good as well, the riding and braking is smooth and comfortable. Long rides are fun and yes chicks do dig the motorcycle. As a rider, i previously owned a harley so this was

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      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      18 kmpl

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  •  4Best naked bike of the year 4 years ago by Parth Ghag, Vasai

    The experience of this bike is good and the looks of the bike are awesome. And this bike actually looks like a monster. I think this is the best naked bike for me. The bike is very smooth. We should take care of the bike. The average is good, if we ride on highway we ge

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  •  4Ducati reveals the monster in you .. 4 years ago by Cyrus, Aurangabad

    If you can spare little more from your pockets & think above the ninja650 & honda cbr650f the monster797 is what you are really worth. Accelerating to more bhp,performance ,handling & the ducati tag badge under your belt can give a fantastic & unimaginable ride. Sure to

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