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Ducati Monster BS6

Ducati Monster BS6 is a sports bike available at a price range of Rs. 10,99,000 - Rs. 11,24,000 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 6 colours. It is powered by a 937 cc BS-VI engine. It comes with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement937 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight188 kg

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VariantPriceSpecifications

Monster BS6 Standard

 10,99,000 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Monster BS6 Plus

 11,24,000 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Ducati Monster Summary

Monster BS6 key highlights

Engine Capacity 937 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 188 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 14 litres
Seat Height 820 mm
Max Power 109.96 bhp

About Monster

Ducati Monster BS6 is a sports bike available at a starting price of Rs. 10,99,000 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 6 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 11,24,000. The Ducati Monster BS6 is powered by 937cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 109.96 bhp and a torque of 93 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Ducati Monster BS6 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Monster BS6 bike weighs 188 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 14 liters.

Ducati India has updated its portfolio with the launch of the new Monster BS6. This new model from the Italian brand replaces the Monster 821 in the company’s portfolio and packs several styling, mechanical, and feature upgrades over its predecessor. The new Ducati Monster BS6 is available in two variants – Standard and Plus. The Plus variant further benefits from a flyscreen and seat cowl as standard.

Styling revisions bring a sleeker design along with an oval headlamp at the front, a muscular fuel tank, sharp tail section, and single-sided twin exhausts. Ducati has also revised the ergonomics with a repositioned handlebar and footpegs. The handlebar sits closer to the rider while the footpegs are lower than before. Weight-saving measures, such as the new frame, lighter aluminium swingarm, and wheels help the new Monster BS6 shed 4.5kg over its predecessor.

The mechanical specifications on the Monster BS6 comprise a 937cc, Testastretta L-twin, liquid-cooled engine that makes 111bhp of power at 9,250rpm and 93Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. The motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox that benefits from an anti-slip clutch and quickshifter as standard.

The feature list on the new Monster BS6 includes full-LED lighting and a Bluetooth-ready 4.3-inch TFT display. The Bluetooth module is available as an optional extra. The electronic aids include three riding modes (Sport, Urban, and Touring), wheelie control, traction control, cornering ABS, and launch control.

The hardware comprises 43mm upside-down front forks and a preload-adjustable rear mono-shock to handle the shock absorption tasks. The anchoring duties are performed by 320mm twin discs with Brembo M4.32 monobloc four-piston callipers at the front and a single 245mm rotor with Brembo two-piston calliper at the back.
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Ducati Monster Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Streetfighter styling looks quite aggressive
    • 111bhp motor is loaded with strong mid-range torque
    • Equipped with top-spec electronics
  • Could be Better

    • Heats up in city traffic
    • Limited sales, service reach
    • Expensive to maintain

BikeWale's Take

The new Ducati Monster has managed to look quite aggressive, thanks to its sharp fascia styling and also the compact stance. The 111bhp motor is known for its excellent performance, especially the strong mid-range. Plus, with the top-spec electronic, the Monster continues to be one aspirational motorcycle. But the brand has limited sales and service reach and like other Ducatis, the new Ducati too is a bit expensive to maintain. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Review

Does the new Monster feel like the Monster everyone knows? Have the changes now made the otherwise street-focused Monster a credible track tool? We put the motorcycle through its paces at the Buddh International Circuit to answer those questions.

Introduction

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The Ducati Monster’s name has been inspired by its brute personality, which is what most people think. However, it was named for what it was- an assembly of borrowed parts. As Miguel Galluzzi picked and plonked bits of three different motorcycles into one unit, the first Ducati Monster came to life in 1992. Less like Godzilla and more like Frankenstein’s monster, you see? 

Over the years, even with changes to its original recipe, the Monster kept driving in sales for Ducati, with over 3.5 lakh units sold to date. But all those iterations had four consistent ingredients- the design of the headlamp and tank, raw power, and the trellis frame. 

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Having said that, the Monster has just gotten its biggest update yet. And just like a typical rebellious ‘Gen-Z’ kid, the 2021 Ducati Monster has tweaked most of those core ingredients to make something of its own. 

So, does the new Monster feel like the Monster everyone knows? Have the changes now made the otherwise street-focused Monster a credible track tool? We put the motorcycle through its paces at the Buddh International Circuit to answer those questions. 

The Visuals

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As I walked up to the Monster standing in the pits, my first reaction was “Dang! It’s tiny!”. Gone is the beefed-up Monster of yore, now replaced by a much leaner iteration. The designers back at Bologna have attempted to refresh and sharpen the iconic design, tweaking it to become sharper, while still hinting at the past. So it continues to have minimal bodywork with a muscular fuel tank that looks like a modern take to the M900, and an LED headlamp that is not very circular anymore but goes well with its new persona. Its rear has also received some tweaks and seems to be inspired by the previous-gen Ducati Streetfighter.

So does the iconic design still live? Well, a little here and there for sure, but that’s up for debate…  

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Nonetheless, having shrunk the dimensions on the new Monster for good measure, the motorcycle looks compact and seems much more accessible to new riders. After all, as an entry-level model with the 797 gone, that’s where the new Monster is aiming at.   

The Package

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Now, the Monster was always known for more than its looks and the 2021 model builds up on that. For starters, it has shed the extra fat: a whole 18kg at that. The new fibre-glass reinforced subframe weighs around 2kg lighter while the swingarm and wheels have contributed to 3.2kg in weight reduction. Even the engine, with lighter internals, has helped in bringing down the mass.  

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However, the most significant change is the new aluminum monocoque frame. This unit is 4.5kg lighter than the Monster 821’s trellis frame has been inspired by the Panigale. Also, it is the first time the Ducati Monster has moved away from its dear trellis that it stuck onto for years. A rebel, I tell you. But this change has made a world of a difference to how the Monster behaves and we’ll get to that in a bit.   

Instrument Cluster

Besides getting the Monster in shape, Ducati has also armed it with a host of electronic rider aids. It gets three levels of cornering ABS, eight-level traction control, four-level wheelie control, and three ride modes- Sport, Touring, and Urban that can be further customized to suit the rider’s needs. 

TFT / Instrument Cluster

There also is a launch control system, which in my opinion, is overkill for a street bike. All of it can be toggled via the left side switchgear and the 4.3-inch TFT display. The unit layout is from the Panigale and is easy to use, unlike the Multistrada 950’s unit we tested recently. 

The Ride

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Swinging a leg over the Monster is easy and I, at 5’7’’ didn’t have trouble flat-footing even with its fairly tall seat height of 820mm. This is courtesy of the seat that has been narrowed towards the tank. The motorcycle also comes with lower seat and suspension options that drop the seat height as low as 775mm. The handlebars are easy to reach too. 

Handle Bar

Although they convey a sense of you being over the bars, it feels quite natural to hold on to. Even the seat has decent room to move around, the tank offers decent thigh grip and the footpegs are set slightly further back. So, overall, the Monster’s ergonomics are engaging and snug for a racetrack.   

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Between the rider’s legs are the tried-and-proven 937cc, Testastretta engine from the Supersport 950, Hypermotard 950, and Multistrada 950. This motor has replaced the previous Monster’s 821cc motor. And with the higher displacement comes slightly higher power and torque with the new Monster offering 111bhp and 93Nm, if we speak numbers.

So I cranked up the engine, only to be welcomed by a rather subdued gurgle of the Testastretta, thanks to all the environment-saving tweaks it has gone through. As I left the pit lane, the Monster expectantly shuddered as its other 937cc siblings do under 3500rpm. 

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But as we got onto the track, the Monster seemed like it was itching to be revved. And so I did. With a smooth throttle response, the Monster bared its teeth, a spirited initiative to have its front wheel in the air over 5000rpm. Unlike the insanity of its supermoto sibling, the power delivery on the Monster is never terrifying. Instead, it feels linear and predictable but still managed to leap out of corners with a whiff of the throttle. And with the electronic aids at hand, your skill, or lack thereof is properly compensated.   

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On the corners, the 18kg weight loss is even more apparent. The Monster is light on its feet, switching sides with minimal inputs. And when leaned in, it manages to hold its line and is quite forgiving when mid-corner corrections are needed. While many would writhe about the Monster missing out on adjustable suspension at the front, the setup felt planted and composed through corners, only unsettling a bit while giving it full gas at the exits- mainly due to the lack of a damper. 

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And when it was time to drop anchors, the Brembo M4.32 brake calipers did a splendid job, offering sharp bite with little lever action. While the bite from the rear was adequate too, the foot lever could do with more feel. That said, the Ducati Quickshifter, which is offered as standard equipment on the Monster worked smoothly apart from a few instances wherein the downshift from 6th to 5th felt clunky.   

Our Take

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Now, the Monster is offered in two flavours- a standard model starting at Rs 10.99 lakh and Monster Plus (with a flyscreen and seat cowl) that goes up to Rs 11.34 lakh. And since India is missing the Yamaha MT-09 and the KTM 890 Duke, the Ducati Monster’s only rival is the Triumph Street Triple R that costs Rs 9.15 lakh and offers better suspension and more power but far lesser electronic wizardry. 

Rear View

Nonetheless, does the new Monster still feel like a Monster? I’d say, yes and more! While we are yet to ride it out on the streets, on the track, it feels quite at home. The 2021 iteration with all the weight reduction, electronic rider aids, and superbike-inspired chassis has re-defined the Monster brand for the better. Moreover, it continues to be a user-friendly motorcycle with an accessible seat height and linear power delivery that would appeal to newer riders at the track. And yet, it has enough oomph to entertain and leave the experts grinning. 

Photos by Kaustubh Gandhi

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 109.96 bhp @ 9,250 rpm

    Max Torque 93 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 937 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 94 mm

    Stroke 67.5 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 13.3:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 14 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 3.5 litres

    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 - 2 Piston Calipers

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 ZR17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 33.35 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 36.26 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 36.26 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 40.06 psi

    Front Suspension Ø 43 mm usd fork

    Rear Suspension Progressive linkage, preload adjustable monoshock, aluminium double-sided swingarm

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 188 kg

    Overall Length 2,083 mm

    Overall Width 868 mm

    Wheelbase 1,474 mm

    Ground Clearance 202 mm

    Seat Height 820 mm

    Overall Height 1,236 mm

    Chassis Type Aluminum alloy Front Frame

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 2 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Unlimited Kilometers

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity Yes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation Yes

USB charging port Yes

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

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 System14V – 490W

Battery12V - 6.5 Ah

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb TypeLow Beam No.1, High Beam No.4

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresRiding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control

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FAQs about Ducati Monster

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Ducati Monster BS6 in 2021?

    A: The 2021 on-road price of Ducati Monster BS6 in Delhi is Rs. 12,26,734. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better Ducati Monster BS6 or Aprilia RS 660?

    A: Ducati Monster BS6 is priced at Rs. 10,99,000, has a 937 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 188 kg, whereas, the price of Aprilia RS 660 is Rs. 13,39,000 with a 659 cc 6 Speed Manualengine, and weighing 183 kg. You can compare Ducati Monster BS6 vs Aprilia RS 660 based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of Ducati Monster BS6?

    A: Ducati Monster BS6 is available in 6 colours which are Ducati Red, Aviator Grey, Dark Stealth, Plus - Ducati Red, Plus - Aviator Grey and Plus - Dark Stealth. You can check all the colour images of Ducati Monster BS6.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Ducati Monster BS6?

    A: Ducati Monster BS6 is a Sports bike that weighs 188 kg, has a 937 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 14 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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