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.