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Ducati Monster BS6

Ducati Monster BS6 is a sports bike available at a price range of Rs. 12,06,000 - Rs. 12,49,000 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 Plus

 12,06,000Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Monster BS6 Standard

 12,49,000Avg. 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. 12,06,000 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 6 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 12,49,000. 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

We take the new Monster out in the real world, on wide-open highways, through some twisties, and in the city. Will it be as impressive here as it was on the racetrack?

Introduction

Ducati Monster BS6 Left Side View

Pros: Linear yet punchy acceleration, loaded with electronics, agile handling 

Cons: No adjustable suspension, engine lacks tractability 

I really have a thing for Italian food. On most of my food outings, I often choose pizza, lasagna, and the likes I can’t even pronounce the names of. Heck! I am drooling already. But you see, I easily drift off the topic and touch upon food every time the context involves anything Italian. In this case, it’s the new Ducati Monster

We had touched upon the history and significance of the Monster name for Ducati in our track ride review, which you can read here. It was in October last year that we had the opportunity to belt the new Monster down the mighty Buddh International Circuit and came back hugely impressed. However, a race track is not the only place where the bike will spend all of its life, is it? So, we take the new Monster out in the real world, on wide-open highways, through some twisties, and in the city. Will it be as impressive here as it was on the racetrack? Will I find it as delicious as pizzas and lasagne? Let’s find out.

Styling and Quality

Ducati Monster BS6 Right Side View

Ever since the new Monster was unveiled, people have been ranting about the lack of butch and imposing visual presence of its predecessor. To some extent, I agree with them. However, you must get rid of the nostalgic drama and forget prior references to behold the Monster to appreciate the subtle visual treat that it is. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Fuel Tank

Although extremely compact, the Monster does pack in some muscle and aggression, especially around the fuel tank area with neat contours and side bulges. Then there’s a low-slung oval-shaped headlamp, a pointed tail section, and dual slash-cut exhausts, all of which make for a sight worth giving attention to. I was also impressed by the carbon-fibre finishing on fenders and side panels and the sequentially glowing LED turn indicators. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Fuel Tank

It’s a typical Ducati when it comes to quality, leaving almost no room for complaints. The only small niggle I noticed was uneven panel gaps in the plastic cladding around the fuel tank section. Barring that, the motorcycle only shouts quality and upmarket finish. May it be the flushness of paint, the sturdiness of panels, or the precision in welds, everything is top-notch. Even the buttons on the switchgear are tactile and easy to operate.

Ergonomics and Comfort

Ducati Monster BS6 Right Side View

The ergonomics of the new Monster are welcoming and accessible. The bulging top of the fuel tank and the low seat give you the feeling of sitting on the bike. It delivers a great combination of comfort and commitment with mildly rear-set pegs and a single-piece handlebar. And when you’re in the mood to go full send, there’s enough space to shift back, crouch down, grip the fuel tank, all of which feels natural. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Bike Seat

Although the seat height isn’t really low at 820mm, keeping both feet on the ground is never a problem, mainly due to the fuel tank tapering a lot towards the seat. This also means that the Monster feels as compact in the saddle as it looks, which might result in the large-sized individuals getting a sense of riding a bike much smaller. But that doesn’t mean it gets uncomfortable, not even over long distances. 

Performance and Handling

Ducati Monster BS6 Exhaust Headers

Gone is the previous 821cc engine and it has made way for the new 937cc, Testastretta, L-twin, liquid-cooled mill that also does duty in other 950s like the Hypermotard and Multistrada. In the Monster, it churns out 111bhp of power and 93Nm of peak torque. Also, the long-running trellis frame has been replaced by the new aluminium monocoque chassis which is 37 per cent lighter. Other components to have shed weight are wheels, engine, and swingarm and the resultant drop in its kerb weight is as much as 18kg! So, how does this whole package come together out on the streets?

Ducati Monster BS6 Right Side View

Beautifully! The new Monster shows a profound urgency from as low as 3,000rpm, retaining it up to 5,000rpm. And this is where the motorcycle spends most of its time, may it be in the city or on the highway. This is also where it feels enjoyable and eager, but manageable at the same time. Keep rolling the throttle, get past 5,000rpm, and it goes on to justify the ‘Monster’ tag with a ferocious acceleration almost until its red line. Do this in the first two gears and the front wheel keeps fighting the wheelie control to let go off the tarmac. It reaches the 100kmph mark in a jiffy and the progression to some ridiculous speeds is equally quick. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Left Side View

What’s truly likeable about the Monster is that it puts down power linearly and predictably while being incredibly quick. I would have liked it to be more tractable though. One can potter around at 50-60kmph of speeds in the fifth gear but with a noticeable shudder. And if you gas it aggressively below 3,000rpm in second or third gear, there’s an abrupt choppiness before the engine starts building up the momentum. Another issue is the heat from the engine. Spend about five minutes in traffic and an intensely discomforting heat starts dissipating on your right thigh. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Left Side View

The electronics of the Monster deserve a special mention as it intervenes progressively, without hampering the overall experience. For instance, you might not even notice the traction control saving slides around corners on aggressive acceleration. Ditto for the wheelie control. Despite keeping it at the highest level, it let the front wheel hop a wee bit before kicking in, thus enhancing the fun. 

Even the six-speed gearbox of the bike is properly slick and almost free of false neutrals. The bi-direction quick shifter, in particular, is a true delight to operate. Except for a few rare instances when it threw tantrums in the fifth and sixth gears, the cogs shifted up and down with a slight touch, making it pretty engaging to operate.

Ducati Monster BS6 action

In terms of handling, the Monster is obedient, communicative, and light. It tips into corners with ease, and holding on to the desired line isn’t a task either. Flick it from side to side or take on long sweeping corners, it feels equally composed and graceful. A lot of credit goes to the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres which deliver excellent grip and feel. It’s only when you push the bike extremely hard around corners that the front feels a bit unsettled but not unnerving. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Front Wheel

As for the ride quality, it’s truly impressive since the set-up delivers a great balance between sharp handling and a comfortable ride. The small-amplitude undulations are ironed out cleanly too. There’s a hint of firmness while going over tall speed breakers or through deep potholes, but it’s never back-breaking. On paper though, the setup looks pretty basic. That said, the rear monoshock gets preload adjustability only, while the inverted front forks offer none at all. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Front Suspension

The braking performance is equally likeable. There’s a pair of 320mm discs at the front and a 245mm disc at the rear, both clutched by Brembo M4.32 callipers. The whole setup, especially the front, delivers a tremendous bite, no matter how hard you go on them. At times, however, I wished for better feedback, from the front and rear both.

Features and Tech

Ducati Monster BS6 Left Side Multifunction Switchgear

The new Monster is generously equipped to take care of the rider’s shenanigans and blunders. There are three levels of cornering ABS, eight levels of traction control, four levels of wheelie control, launch control, and a bi-directional quick shifter. You also get three riding modes — sport, touring, and urban and each one of them can be customised for different levels of electronic intervention and throttle response. 

Ducati Monster BS6 TFT / Instrument Cluster

All the information is displayed on a Bluetooth-enabled 4.3-inch full-colour TFT instrument cluster which shows data crisply and legibly, even under direct sun. Even the data layout on the cluster is clean. For navigating through screens and tweaking different parameters, there are two separate buttons for toggling and selecting each, which is a time-consuming task. A single multi-function joystick would have made it all much easier. 

Fuel Efficiency

Ducati Monster BS6 Fuel Tank

The Monster returned a fuel efficiency of 18.1kmpl after riding it in different conditions which was a mix of dense traffic, open highways, and twisty roads. With a fuel tank of 14 litres, the riding range turns out to be around 253km. 

Verdict

Ducati Monster BS6 Right Side View

Now, do I like the Ducati Monster as much as pizzas and lasagne? 

Absolutely! It's not just ballistic to satisfy an experienced rider, but also friendly enough to be suitable for a relatively new big bike rider, progressing from a 300-600cc machine. It has all the ingredients to be equally fun on public roads as well as around a race track. An occasional touring also seems doable. The engine performance is absolutely thrilling with brakes to match, the handling is light and agile, and the electronic aids work like a charm. However, I was left wishing for better tractability and heat management from the engine, which will make it better to commute, if one chooses to. 

Ducati Monster BS6 Right Side View

Ducati has priced the standard Monster at Rs 11.92 lakh and the Plus edition costs Rs 12.16 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom, India). The latter gets a small fly screen and a rear seat cowl. Now, for Rs 30,000 lesser, you can buy the Triumph Street Triple RS which seems a bit more value-for-money proposition. It makes slightly more power, has better tyres, and has a fully-adjustable suspension setup. However, the brashness and playfulness that the Monster offers would be difficult to match. Well, we can verify that only after a detailed comparison review of both bikes. 

Photography by Kapil Angane 

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Ducati Monster mileage

As per ARAI, the average of Monster BS6 is 19 kmpl.

Monster BS6 mileage details
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Monster Specifications & Features

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 Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. 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 These are estimated figures 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 266 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 19 kmpl

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

    Top Speed These are estimated figures 200+ Kmph

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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

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

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

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Battery12V - 6.5 Ah

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

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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Ducati Monster User Reviews

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    Performance

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    Comfort

  • 4

    Service Experience

  • 4

    Maintenance cost

  • 1

    Value for Money

  • 5

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  •  5Engine power 5 days ago by Nihal, Muzaffurpur

    I love the power of the bike. And it has amazing speed & is comfortable for a long tour. And I also like sound. Amazing control of the bike. This bike compared with other bikes is too good. For performing engine, gear, clutch, and generating torque is the upper label. W

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  •  5He is death of monster. 3 weeks ago by Subhankar Santra, Kolkata

    I don't have this bike, But I would love to buy this bike, This bike riding experience to smooth class this bike is monster, I love this bike, Spice writing experience I go 100 up 7 seconds, clutch India to smoke, bike tyres in the road so good, suspension very good, I

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  •  5Make your dreams comes true. 8 months ago by Vishwakh Vishwambhar, Chiplun

    I have never owned Ducati sport bike. I want to keep it short and simple , Ducati is my dream bike from my college days but not today definitely one day I will make my dream come true and own this beautiful Ducati monster bs6.The look of monster bs6 is phenomenally amaz

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FAQs about Ducati Monster

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Ducati Monster BS6 in 2022?

    A: The 2022 on-road price of Ducati Monster BS6 in Delhi is Rs. 13,61,727. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better Ducati Monster BS6 or Ducati Hypermotard 950?

    A: Ducati Monster BS6 is priced at Rs. 12,49,000, has a 937 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 188 kg, whereas, the price of Ducati Hypermotard 950 is Rs. 14,75,000 with a 937 cc 6 Speed Manualengine, and weighing 200 kg. You can compare Ducati Monster BS6 vs Ducati Hypermotard 950 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.

Ducati Monster News

  • Ducati Monster SP: Top 5 Highlights
    Ducati Monster SP: Top 5 Highlights
    16 September 2022
    Pratik Bhanushali

    In its latest episode of the World Premiere Series, Ducati has unveiled the Monster SP. The Italian marquee’s latest offering is loaded with fancy tech and features. Let’s take a look at its top 5 highlights.

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  • Ducati Monster SP unveiled!
    Ducati Monster SP unveiled!
    16 September 2022
    Pratik Bhanushali

    Ducati has taken the wraps off its latest streetfighter model, the Monster SP. It’s based on the standard model but packs a bunch of new equipment that makes it fiercer. Let’s take a close look at the new Ducati Monster SP.

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  • 2023 Ducati Monster SP incoming!
    2023 Ducati Monster SP incoming!
    11 August 2022
    Pratik Bhanushali

    In July, the Ducati Week 2022 was held in Italy where the Italian manufacturer announced the World Premiere 2023. In the upcoming unveiling series, Ducati will take the wraps off seven motorcycles, one of which could be the Monster SP.

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