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Ducati Monster 821 [2017]

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Key specs
  • Displacement821 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight205 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 10,24,021

Ducati Monster 821 [2017] is now discontinued in India.

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Ducati Monster 821 [2017] Summary

Monster 821 [2017] key highlights

Engine Capacity 821 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 205 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.5 litres
Seat Height 810 mm
Max Power 110.4 bhp

About Monster 821 [2017]

The Ducati Monster 821 is the replacement for Monster 796. Despite receiving a series of technological and mechanical upgrades, the Monster 821 continues to stay true to its origins as an out and out lightweight streetfighter.

Aesthetically, the Monster 821 borrows cues from its elder sibling, the Monster 1200. The chassis, frame, fuel tank and the seat have been borrowed from the Monster 1200. The rear section has been modified and now features a double-sided swing arm and a two into one into two exhaust system. The bike features minimal bodywork and the exposed frame to accentuate its naked character.

The Monster 821 is built around a trellis frame, which encloses a 821cc liquid-cooled 11-degree Testastretta engine. Producing 110bhp and 89Nm of torque, the engine is mated to a six-speed transmission. The Monster 821 gets modern electronic aids like an eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level ride-by-wire.

With the Scrambler moving into the picture, the Monster is no longer the entry-level series in Ducati’s line-up. The Monster 821 goes up against the likes of the Triumph Street Triple and the Kawasaki Z800. It is available in a single red paint scheme, though Ducati also offers a special edition called Monster 821 Dark.
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Ducati Monster 821 [2017] Review

Products that have come out of the Bologna, Ducati factory have amassed a special affection in the hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts. Speed being one of their major attractions, Ducati's Italian horses do behave like the wind once on the road. Speaking about speed, we recently sampled the Ducati Monster 821. Introduced in 1993, the Monster range from Ducati just keeps getting better with age. 

Introduction

Products that have come out of the Bologna, Ducati factory have amassed a special affection in the hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts. Speed being one of their major attractions, Ducati's Italian horses do behave like the wind once on the road. Speaking about speed, we recently sampled the Ducati Monster 821. Introduced in 1993, the Monster range from Ducati just keeps getting better with age. 

Replacing the Monster 796 (and the 795 too, which was for the Asian market), the Monster 821 was launched in India last year. It is superior, better looking, more powerful and comfortable than the outgoing Monster models and yes, it’s now liquid-cooled. And things doesn’t just stop there. This motorcycle has the ability to turn heads each time you’re on the road with its style and the typical L-Twin motor sound. And in a market like India, these aspects are usually in the top 3 list. So is the Ducati Monster 821 the best street naked bike to buy in India? Well, we took the bike for a spin to get you the answer. 

How does it ride?

The Monster 821 is one of the friendliest big street naked bikes I’ve ever ridden. It is very easy to ride in the city as well as on the highway. Yes, it might look heavy at 205kg kerb, but the brilliant weight distribution has helped this Italian bike to be agile and fun. The ergonomics in this motorcycle has been updated too and is more rider friendly now. The handle bar has been moved 40mm higher and 40mm closer to the rider and this makes it a pretty upright position. There’s more than enough space on the side of the big 17.6-litre fuel tank to rest your knee. The single-seat is wide, well-cushioned but the new design makes the riding quarters a bit too cramped and needless to say it affects the rider when he decides to go full throttle. But, the seat height is very accessible to a  wide range of riders. Why? Because it’s adjustable (785mm-810mm). 

The suspension setup of the Monster 821 – 43mm upside-down forks at the front and adjustable monoshock at the rear have been tuned to balance between city and highway riding. It isn’t soft nor is firm, it is semi-soft and this balance soaked most of the bumps and potholes of Mumbai roads with ease. The front suspension isn’t adjustable, so you’ve a certain limitation there. 

But the party piece of this motorcycle is its engine and the technology it is loaded with 821cc, L-Twin, 112bhp, 89.4Nm – these figures are surely not best in the segment but it does the job and it does it really well. This engine has the urge to perform fantastically all the time. The mill churns out more low-end torque than you’d expect and it’s the same story at mid-range. Open the throttle, and there’s a sudden surge of power and torque reminding you that this is one of the finer things in life. And this wouldn’t have been possible with the six-speed gearbox that is operated via a light slipper clutch. It is smooth, has the right amount of engagement sound, but I did encounter a couple of false neutrals, especially in the Sport mode. Talking about the modes, this engine is equipped with three maps – Urban – limits the power to 75bhp and the throttle response is the laziest here. I found this to be the most useful during heavy in-city ride and in wet conditions. There’s the Touring mode, which gives you full 112bhp but with decreased throttle response. Sport mode gives you the ability to enjoy the bike more with 112bhp at your disposal and the throttle response here is quicker and more sensitive. The Monster 821 sounds really good at lower-revs, especially in the Sport mode. In Urban mode, there’s a reduced exhaust sound. Also, this motor heats up quite a bit in heavy traffic conditions. 

While riding the Monster 821 in city is the best feeling ever, it’s the same story in the corners. The motorcycle with its new chassis is confidence inspiring and has the ability to go faster every time you want to. Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without the awesome Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres, which are grippy and warm up pretty quickly. And there’s more. The Brembo brake setup is equally brilliant, has a very good bite and feedback. Doesn’t matter if you’re hitting the brakes at 70kmph or 140kmph – both the times you’ll have the same confidence level to bring the bike to a halt. 

Anything else should I know?

Oh, I could write a poem about it and that wouldn't be the end of things about this bike, but the Monster 821 deserves it. In terms of features and technology, none of the Monster 821’s rivals come close. This bike gets the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) as standard which includes 3-level ABS system and 8-level traction control system (9 if you consider switch off profile). These profiles are factory pre-set for each of the three riding modes. But the best part, Ducati has given the rider the option of customising the ABS and the DTC and this makes it quite the deal. There’s rear-wheel lift-up mitigation and yes, you can switch of the ABS too. 

For those who are impressed by digital drawings, the instrumentation on this bike is right up your alley. The big LCD display shows good amount of ride data but interestingly, even with large set of data to play with, the usability level of the cluster is quite easy and friendly. 

Now, comes the best part. You can share this Monster with a pillion. There is a rear seat cowl you see and underneath, there’s a wide cushioned seat for the passenger. But yes, you need some amount of tooling to remove the cowl. You should also know that the Monster 821 comes with a service interval of 15,000kms which is pretty good. Valve clearance is scheduled for every 30,000kms.

Why should I buy one?

What happens when you’ve limited options for your million rupees? You’re confused. But this Italian thoroughbred, loaded with tech, is probably the safest middle-weight naked bike you can buy in India right now. Buy the Monster 821 if you’re looking for a fully-loaded motorcycle and you want to a bit of exclusivity too. If I had the money, I would buy this bike straightaway. Unfortunately, robbing a bank is a criminal offence, so...

Where does it fit in?

With a price tag of Rs 10.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Ducati Monster 821 is not really an affordable bike. The Triumph Street Triple is priced at Rs 7.91 lakh and the Kawasaki Z800 at Rs 7.5 lakh, both are way cheaper and have better service accessibility. There’s the upcoming MV Agusta Brutale 800 too, but it’ll come at a price point that will make it more expensive than the Monster 821. 

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 110.4 bhp @ 9,250 rpm

    Max Torque 89.4 Nm @ 7,750 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 821 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88 mm

    Stroke 67 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition Electric Unit

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 17.5 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 --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 245 mm

    Calliper Type Four-piston front, two-piston rear

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size --

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Upside down 43mm forks

    Rear Suspension Progressive linkage with adjustable monoshock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 205 kg

    Overall Length --

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,480 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 810 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylind

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty --

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Features

Odometer --

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

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeHalogen And Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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  •  5Buy if its in your range 3 years ago by Chirag, Hardoi

    I love my bike riding this monster give me thrill, every one should buy this monster if its in your range and yes its really fast i have used other bikes also but in front of this monster all others are fail but to see its real power use it on race track and feel its re

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