Introducing the new Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S
The Monster’s worldwide success and well-earned image as the unchallenged icon of naked motorcycles is
the result of investing over 20 years of Ducati engineering, design and styling experience. It is an investment
in time, constantly rewarded by being the motorcycle of choice for motorcycle connoisseurs and celebrities,
from actors and musicians to Formula 1 drivers and top athletes. The Monster has always been a statement
on two wheels, an expression that created a cult following and, above all, a premium lifestyle motorcycle
easily accessible to everyone.
The new Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S present the next generation of this famous family, combining
genuine Monster tradition with Ducati’s latest technical solutions to engineer a modern and mature
masterpiece. From the super-smooth refinement of the second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine and
its Panigale-style direct attachment to the frame, to stunning and industry benchmark TFT instrumentation
and best-ever ergonomics, this iconic motorcycle now mixes authentic sport character with lifestyle
The new Monster’s larger fuel tank presents an even more muscular image, emphasised by a narrow
waistline and an incredibly compact headlamp that creates the overall silhouette of a powerful bull ready to
charge. The clean and minimal handlebar area continues the naked icon’s essential character, while
attention to detail like the tinted, transparent master cylinder reservoirs add a distinct quality to component
2014 DUCATI MONSTER
Twenty-one years on from the Monster’s first unveiling, Ducati now introduce the iconic model’s latest
generation with the 2014 Monster 1200 and 1200 S powered by the formidable, Superbike-derived 1198
Testastretta 11° DS engine. The brand new flagship of the family presents an entirely new chassis and
muscular styling designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies.
Evoking the exciting memories of past models such as the powerhouse S4R and S4RS, the 2014 Monster
1200 also boasts an exclusive S model with 145hp and a ride-enhancing 92ft-lb of high-accelerating torque,
wrapped beautifully in a spec-impressive chassis that tips the scales at 182kg (401lb) dry weight.
High-spec brakes, suspension, single-sided swingarm and lightweight wheels combine with Ducati’s best-
yet ergonomics to offer the Italian manufacturer’s most attractive Monster ever. Super comfortable and
introducing an innovative adjustable seat height, the model also combines 8-level traction control, 3-level
ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.
The 2014 Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S use next generation technologies to create an enhanced
rider/motorcycle relationship, delivering a high-adrenaline experience while constantly reassuring with the
feeling of complete control and ergonomic integration.
Standing alongside the new flagship models, the entry-level 696 and premium mid-range 796 Monsters
continue to provide a desirable way to enter the world of Ducati, with stylish Trellis frames, excellent chassis
components and torque-laden, Desmodromic engines giving that unmistakable sound and character.
While the Monster 1200 is presented in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels, the Monster 1200 S
offers Ducati red with red frame and glossy black wheels in addition to the striking scheme of white with
bronze-coloured frame and glossy black wheels.
Both the 696 and 796 continue in traditional Ducati red with red frames and black wheels, while the 696 also
offers dark stealth or stone white with matte black frames and black wheels. The 796 presents diamond
black silk with contrasting red frame and black wheels as its additional colour choice.
Testastretta 11° DS second generation
The new Monster returns to its outrageous roots with the Desmo, liquid-cooled, 4-valves-per-cylinder,
1198cc Testastretta 11° DS motor. Underlining its naked motorcycle passion with the mantra: “it’s all about
the engine”, the new generation models present the most usable, excitement-fuelled power ever delivered
by a Monster.
The second generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine, which now becomes a fully-stressed chassis
member with Panigale-style attachment points for the Trellis frame, uses a number of important and highly
effective features to deliver 135hp @ 8,750rpm and for the Monster 1200 S, an extra 10hp to 145hp @
8,750rpm. With precise attention to the mapping of the large capacity Desmo engine, Ducati have dialled-in
an impressive torque curve to further enhance riding pleasure, generating a peak torque of 87lb-ft (12kgm)
for the Monster 1200 and 92lb-ft (12.7kgm) for the 1200 S version, both values @ 7,250rpm.
A number of well-proven technical advancements in Ducati’s twin-cylinder technology have been combined
with the 1198’s torque-laden 106mm x 67.9mm bore and stroke to create an exciting, customisable and
user-friendly character for the new generation Monster.
Breathing through circular Mikuni Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies, the 1198 Testastretta 11° DS uses the latest
fuel injector positioning to target spray directly onto the rear of the hot intake valve instead of the relatively
cold surface of the intake port wall. The enhanced vaporisation achieved as the fuel hits the valve, fully
atomises the incoming charge, eliminating the chance of compromised combustion efficiency experienced if
droplets of fuel enter in liquid form. With the delivery of a fully vaporised inlet charge, the concept of Dual
Spark (DS) with two spark plugs per cylinder-head, provides a twin flame-front that ensures complete and
efficient combustion across a shorter period of time. The new engine, which is cooled with a stylishly curved
radiator equipped with two high-efficiency electric fans, also uses Ducati’s secondary air system,
maintaining performance-optimised fuel mapping for smoother cycle-to-cycle engine operation, without
The Testastretta 11° engine effectively took the fire-breathing 1198 Superbike power plant and re-
engineered it with increased user-friendliness. Engineers achieved this to great effect by reducing the
amount of valve over-lap from around 41° – typical in performance engines that operate constantly at high
RPM – to just 11°, which reduced peak horse-power slightly, but enhanced mid-range and overall
The Monster engine features an oil bath clutch with ‘slipper’ function and super-light feel at the lever. Its
design uses a progressive self-servo mechanism that presses the plates together when under drive from the
engine, enabling the reduction of the clutch spring rates. This results in a much lighter clutch lever at the
handlebar, ideal in stop-start traffic or long journeys. When the drive force is reversed (over-run), the same
mechanism reduces the pressure on the clutch plates, enabling them to provide a race-like ‘slipper’ action,
which reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and provides a much
smoother feeling when closing the throttle or down-shifting under normal riding conditions.
The impressive 50-52mm (1.96-2.04in) section exhaust headers lead the 2-1-2 system through power-
enhancing equal lengths that help enable the Monster’s efficient power delivery. The engine management
system dedicates a lambda probe to each header, providing precise fueling via a large airbox, while the
stylish cannon-style, vertically stacked silencers carry catalytic converters to provide Euro 3 conformity and
electronically controlled mid-section valve to optimise exhaust pressures throughout the rev-range.
30,000km between major services
The Monster 1200’s Testastretta 11° DS engine reaches another milestone in Ducati’s constant investment
in quality by enabling the distance between major service intervals (valve clearance check) to be set at an
owner-friendly 30,000 kilometres (18,000 miles).
While maintaining the vitally important aspects of the original Monster concept, the new generation chassis
introduces Ducati’s very latest design techniques. The model’s signature Trellis frame still features
predominantly in the overall styling, while its attachment points move directly to the new engine’s cylinder
heads, a method pioneered on the innovative Panigale Superbike. This new and compact frame design
combined with its large diameter steel tubing has effectively doubled its torsional stiffness compared to
Considerable attention has been applied to the ergonomics of the new model with a stability-enhancing
60mm longer wheelbase ideal for two-up riding comfort, and handlebars a ride-transforming 40mm higher
and 40mm closer to the rider. The brand new seat design with high-grip surface, further enhanced with red
stitching on the S model, boasts a comfortable 80mm of foam at its deepest point and presents Ducati’s
first-ever adjustable seat height system with innovative simplicity. Using a simple block-and-pin system, the
seat is able to be transformed from its standard 810mm seat height to a confidence-inspiring 785mm and
even further to 745mm with the accessory low seat – Ducati’s lowest ever. This easy adjustment without
changing the overall aesthetic profile of the Monster introduces true ergonomic flexibility to this impressive
Perfectly formed grab-rails provide a confidence-enhancing grip for the passenger without compromising the
lines of the Monster’s beautifully styled tailpiece. A sleek and sporty single seat cover comes as standard
equipment, giving the rear-end a clean and sharp look, further minimalised by a Diavel-style registration
plate holder. While enhancing the presence of the new Monster with a more muscular silhouette, the new
style 17.5l (4.6 US gal) steel fuel tank is carefully shaped to fit the rider perfectly.
Presenting a clean and minimalist cockpit area, the tapered aluminium handlebars are mounted with
Ducati’s well-proven compact switchgear and adjustable brake and clutch levers on radial master cylinders,
which introduce tinted transparent reservoirs with stylish functionality. Foot controls are mounted on dark
grey, diecast aluminium hangers, contrasting elegantly against the bronze-coloured single-sided swingarm,
colour-matched with the Testastretta 11° engine’s outer-cases.
The Monster uses fully adjustable 43mm Kayaba forks up front with a single Sachs unit on the rear
adjustable in spring preload and rebound damping, while the Monster S gets the typical ‘S’ treatment with an
upgrade to fully adjustable 48mm Ohlins forks with sliders finished in TiN and a fully adjustable Ohlins unit
on the rear with integrated piggy-back reservoir. Operating through a progressive linkage, the rear
suspension attaches directly from the rear vertical cylinder to a beautifully diecast aluminium single-sided
Wheels and tyres
The new Monster rolls on Panigale-style 10-spoke light alloy wheels with rim sizes of 3.50 x 17 for the front
and 6.00 x 17 on the rear, while the Monster S sports a new style triple Y-shape spoke design with extra
machining. Both models use Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres in 120/70 for the front and impressive 190/55 for
the rear, constructed in bi-Compound to combine long lasting mileage with excellent full-lean grip. The high
quality tyres use Pirelli’s Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) to optimise contact patch for improved grip and
Functional Groove Design (FGD) to enhance their wet weather characteristics.
Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)
The new Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S both use Ducati’s Riding Mode technology to incorporate three-
level ABS and eight-level DTC into the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) concept, further underlining the company’s
increased focus on performance safety.
Bosch Brembo Braking system with 3-level ABS
Included as an integral part of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), both the Monster and Monster S are equipped
with the Bosch ABS 9MP controlled Brembo braking system as standard equipment, an impressive
combination of state-of-the-art security and proven performance.
The 3-level system provides shorter stopping distances with enhanced stability appropriate for the
motorcycle’s environment by being fully integrated with the Riding Modes. While level-1 of the system
enables a sport-oriented ABS intervention with no rear lift-up prevention, level-2 delivers the same
intervention with rear lift-up prevention activated. Level-3 provides maximum braking stability and rear lift-up
The Monster uses twin radially-mounted Brembo, four piston, Monobloc M4-32 callipers gripping 320mm
discs, while the flagship Monster S is equipped with Superbike-style 330mm discs and M50 Monobloc
callipers. Both models use radial front brake pumps with remote reservoirs and a single 245mm disc on the
rear gripped by a single Brembo calliper. Typical of all Ducatis, these components ensure high performance
braking and set the standard in this segment.
An option to disable the ABS in each individual Riding Mode is available via the instrumentation, and the
system allows the setting to be saved and memorised at the next ignition-on.
The Monster’s super compact headlamp assembly uses conventional halogen main light illumination with
LED position lights on either side and full LED lighting for the beautifully shaped rear and brake light
illumination. The S version of the Monster 1200 extends LED* technology to the directional indicators which
also sport a hazard light function, activated by holding the left-turn signal button on for four seconds.
Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
The Ducati Traction Control is an intelligent system which acts as a filter between the rider’s right hand and
the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and then control rear wheel-spin, considerably
increasing the bike’s active safety and performance, an important component of the Ducati Safety Pack
(DSP). The new Monster uses the very latest DTC software, now optimised with seamless intervention to
ignition timing only.
The system offers eight ‘levels of sensitivity’, each programmed with a level of rear wheel-spin tolerance in
line with progressive levels of riding skills classified from one to eight. Level one is programmed to offer the
least amount of interaction while level eight uses the most amount of interaction.
DTC levels are factory pre-set in each of the three Riding Modes, but can be individually customised and
saved to suit the rider by accessing the set-up menu within each mode. A ‘Default’ option is available to
easily return all settings to factory pre-sets.
Ducati Riding Modes
Ducati’s industry-changing Riding Modes effectively offer optimised settings appropriate to rider and
environment by selecting from a choice of three pre-set modes: “Sport”, “Touring” and “Urban”. Each Riding
Mode is pre-programmed to instantly change engine character, ABS and DTC intervention – even while
riding. The modes are made possible by combining a number of class-leading technologies.
An electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system uses Ducati’s innovative e-Grip throttle to administer different
mappings to regulate power delivery, while the Ducati Traction Control system (DTC) uses eight levels of
system interaction to enhance control by reducing rear wheel-spin and the ABS processor provides pre-
programmed three levels of anti-lock braking.
The “Sport” Riding Mode provides 135hp (145hp for the S Model) delivered with a “High” RbW throttle
response, reduced DTC system intervention and level-one ABS of sport-oriented intervention with no rear
The Touring Riding Mode provides 135hp (145hp for the S Model) delivered with a “Medium” RbW throttle
response, increased DTC system intervention and level-two ABS with rear lift-up prevention activated.
The Urban Riding Mode provides 100hp, delivered with a “Low” RbW throttle response, further increased
DTC system intervention and level-three ABS with maximum braking stability and rear lift-up prevention.
The Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system is an electronic interface between the twistgrip and the engine which
decides the ideal power response depending on the Riding Mode selected and according to the rider’s
throttle input. The twistgrip no longer uses a throttle cable to control the throttle body butterflies, but instead
Ducati’s “e-Grip” delivers a signal to a control unit, which in turn operates the butterfly opening. The RbW
system enables the use of three different mappings to regulate the power delivery. The three maps offer
135hp (145hp for the S Model) with a “High” sports-type delivery, 135hp (145hp for the S Model) with a
“Medium” progressive delivery suitable for touring and 100hp with a “Low” reduced delivery for urban use.
Thin Film Transistor instrumentation (TFT)
The new Monster and Monster S use Ducati’s industry-leading Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology to
present a stunning instrumentation display, which combines exceptional user-freindliness with state-of-the-
art information delivery. The system serves the rider with full environment integration by changing both its
background image and display layout according the Riding Mode selected.
The fully customisable display is programmed with three different backgrounds for Urban, Touring and Sport
Riding Modes and three different layouts entitled “Core”, “Full” and “Track”, each designed to display
information appropriate to each of the three Riding Mode environments.
Urban (Core information layout)
In Urban Riding Mode the display adopts the “Core” layout, offering the bare minimum of information
appropriate to the urban environment, and in a style immediately and easily readable so that the rider can
focus fully on city traffic. The vehicle speed becomes the largest, most prominent piece of information in the
centre of the screen with a reminder of the Riding Mode selected below and the time displayed above, a
practical feature for those working the full schedule of everyday life. To the left of the time is a reminder of
the ABS level programmed in the Riding Mode and to the right the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) level. On
the bottom left of the screen by default is the odometer and on the right the engine coolant temperature.
Both left and right lower data read-outs are scrollable using the buttons positioned above and below the
indicator button on the left-hand switchgear to display trip A, trip B, trip fuel reserve, trip time and lap times
(if activated) on the left, and average fuel consumption, actual fuel consumption, average speed and air
temperature on the right.
Touring (Full information layout)
In Touring Riding Mode the display completely changes to “Full” layout, changing the background graphic,
delivering the maximum amount of information required during a long journey, reducing the size of the
speed numerals and replacing the data previously displayed at the top of the screen with a 1,000-11,000
graphic rev-counter. The incremental bars of rpm are animated to adjust the orange and red coloured
sections of the rev-range subject to running-in and engine warm-up periods and increase numeral size as
each value is reached. With the selected Riding Mode now shown to the left of the speed the entire lower
part of the display from left to right is dedicated to time, engine temperature and DTC and ABS levels and on
the bottom left of the screen by default the odometer and on the right the average fuel consumption. Both
left and right lower data read-outs are scrollable using the buttons positioned above and below the indicator
button on the left-hand switchgear to display trip A, trip B, trip fuel reserve, trip time and lap times (if
activated) on the left and actual fuel consumption, average speed and air temperature on the right.
Sport (Track information layout)
In Sport Riding Mode the display adopts the “Track” layout, changing the background to a brushed
aluminium finish and presenting road sport-essential information only. The rev-counter graphic recalibrates
itself in a scale that curves through 90° around the left and upper edge of the main screen in Superbike
style, with speed prominently displayed in the centre of the screen and ABS engine temperature and DTC
displayed across the bottom from left to right. Positioned bottom centre is the odometer read-out by default,
scrollable using the buttons positioned above and below the indicator button on the left-hand switchgear to
display trip A, trip B, trip fuel reserve, time, trip time and lap times (if activated) average fuel consumption,
actual fuel consumption, average speed, engine temperature and air temperature. All three display layouts
feature a setting memory whereby, information scrolled-and-selected other than default setting is memorised
by the system and re-displayed upon the model’s next ignition-on.
Fixed icons on the left of the main screen from top to bottom show warnings for left turn signal, main beam,
ABS-off and neutral, while from top to bottom on the right of the display are turn signal right, oil pressure,
fuel reserve and engine electronics. Countdown icons are programmed to appear on the screen to advise of
upcoming scheduled maintenance. Red lights positioned at the top of the instrumentation unit illuminate
incrementally inwards to the centre as a count-up warning of over-rev, while below the top, centre over-rev
bar is a second bar that illuminates in orange during DTC interaction.
When stationary, the instrumentation doubles as a user-friendly control panel to personalise and save ABS,
DTC, and RbW settings within each Riding Mode as well as redesignating any of the three layouts to each
of the three Riding Modes. In addition to listing the last 30 recorded lap times, each time also shows the lap
number and the maximum speed and maximum rpm recorded during that lap.
MONSTER 696 & 796 FAMILY FEATURES
An immensely strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame is the visual and
structural backbone of the 696 and 796 Monsters. Delivering rigidity with minimal mass, the frame design is
pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity and enables a useful 64 degrees of lock-to-lock steering travel.
The lightweight aluminium sub-frame maintains visual continuity with the footrest hangers and swingarm,
and is designed to accept a passenger-friendly grab-rail kit available as an accessory from Ducati
Performance. The kit further enhances passenger ride comfort without compromising the Monster’s stylish
Looking clean and minimalist in true Monster style, the brightly illuminated display provides all essential data
by default, and even more by scrolling with the left-hand switchgear. Data includes speed, revs, time,
scheduled maintenance, oil temperature, ABS status and battery voltage, while warning lights illuminate for
oil pressure, fuel reserve, turn indicators, high beam and neutral selection. In addition, the instrumentation
presents a reserve fuel trip, immobiliser status and automatic light-off function after 60 seconds with the key
on as well as a memory to store lap times recorded by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch.
DUCATI MONSTER 696
With its thin waistline and wide handlebars, the Monster 696 provides unrivalled ergonomics, striking a
carefully designed balance between performance and everyday usability that will appeal to a wide range of
riders. Sport-derived chassis technology and the proven power and flexibility of the legendary Ducati L-Twin
engine, make the Monster 696 as comfortable in city traffic as on the open road. Enhancing the “less-is-
more” philosophy that has made the Monster a global legend, the Monster 696 continues to redefine
expectations. Every finely engineered element of the chassis and engine is on display, allowing its true
beauty to be showcased for all to see.
Riding the 696
The riding position of the Monster 696 has been specifically designed to put the rider firmly in control. With
its low 770mm (30.3in) seat height, easy-to-reach handlebars and user-friendly adjustable levers, every rider
will find it easy to master.
The beautifully sculpted fuel tank cover allows maximum comfort and control and the narrowing of the
“waist“ area of the 696 has the same effect as lowering the seat height, making it easier to get both feet flat
on the ground. Careful attention to every detail has led to a substantial weight saving, making the Monster
696 the lightest in its class at an impressive 161kg (355lb) (dry weight). Passenger comfort and safety are
also carefully considered, with neat, under-seat grab handles moulded into the seat unit maximising pillion
security without detracting from the legendary Monster 696 styling, or external grab-handles available as an
accessory from Ducati Performance.
696 power trip
The 696 engine produces 80hp (59kW) and 50.6lb-ft (7kgm) of torque ensuring a smooth and powerful
delivery for a relaxed and enjoyable ride as well competitive and owner-friendly service intervals of 7,500
miles (12,000 kilometres).
The highly efficient, lightweight Desmodromic engine uses a bore and stroke of 88×57.2mm and, like the
796, features an advanced APTC ‘wet’ clutch. With a ‘slipper’ type action that prevents destabilising of the
rear-end under aggressive down-shifting, the APTC clutch also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at
the lever, a great benefit in stop-start city traffic. The oil-bath clutch represents a power-enhancing weight
reduction over the ‘dry’ system as well as having a considerably quieter operation.
Providing a deep and rich exhaust tone within current regulations is no mean feat, but the Monster 696
definitely provides Ducati’s famous L-Twin sound. Its bold, high-level twin mufflers not only make a striking
style statement, but also provide a healthy increase in power and torque and ideal positioning for two
lambda exhaust gas sensors, crucial for the optimisation of fuelling and emissions.
Outstanding handling and control is provided by 43mm Kayaba forks offering 120mm (4.7in) of finely
controlled travel. At the rear, a progressive Sachs monoshock unit provides adjustability in both spring
preload and damping.
Lightweight 3-spoke aluminium alloy wheels increase agility and reduce rider effort and use 120/60ZR front
and 160/60ZR rear Pirelli Angel ST tyres. The end result provides a light, predictable and confidence-
inspiring “feel” with outstanding stability at a wide range of speeds.
The Brembo ABS brakes deliver exceptional braking power front and rear, enhancing rider safety. 320mm
front floating discs are gripped by 4-piston, radially mounted callipers, while a 245mm rear disc works in
combination with a twin-piston calliper. This powerful braking set-up offers unrivalled feel and feedback that
inspires confidence across a broader spectrum of riding abilities.
Every carefully selected component of the Monster 696 has a net benefit to the overall weight of the
machine and not only enhances manoeuvrability and ease of use, but also contributes directly to increased
performance of both braking and acceleration.
The Monster 696 is available in red with red Trellis frame and black wheels or two choices of dark stealth or
stone white, both with matte black frames and black wheels. The Monster 696 is fitted with a colour-matched
micro-bikini fairing and single seat cover as standard.
DUCATI MONSTER 796
The Monster 796 is the ‘urban icon’ of the range, combining user-friendliness with sports character.
Delivering 87hp (64kW) and a dry weight of just 167kg (368lb), the stylish Monster 796 injects the magic of
mid-range into the Monster family.
With the smooth and capable Desmodue 796 engine at the heart of the machine, a single-sided swingarm
and user-friendly ergonomics, the Monster 796 perfectly balances lifestyle performance with everyday
functionality to enhance the original Monster spirit.
With a seat height of 800mm (31.5in) and the combination of seat shape and raised handlebars, posture is
optimized and comfort enhanced. The low weight and ABS as standard equipment inspire confidence and
make life simpler in the city for the mid-range Monster.
Suspension up front is handled by user-friendly 43mm Kayaba forks, while the sporty Ducati single-sided
rear swingarm is controlled by a single rear Sachs unit with adjustable spring preload and return damping for
passenger load optimisation.
Twin 320mm semi-floating discs are gripped by radially mounted 4-piston Brembo callipers to provide
powerful and progressive front-end braking with rider-friendly ‘feeling’, while the rear is equipped with a
245mm disc and 2-piston calliper, also by Brembo.
The 17” wheels are in the five ‘Y-shape’ spoked style and produced in lightweight aluminium to keep the
unsprung weight low and handling, braking and acceleration performances high. To differentiate the 796, the
wheels sport a stylish pin-stripe for 60° of the circumference of the rim which creates a full circle of red when
in motion. They sport 180/55 rear and 120/70 front Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres.
Maintaining the smooth and enjoyable character, famous of all Desmodromic L-Twins, the 796 Desmodue
power unit has a 66mm stroke crankshaft, instead of the 696’s 57.2mm, and a lightweight flywheel that
helps to maximise power to an impressive 87hp (64kW) @ 8250rpm and torque to 58lb-ft (78Nm) @
6250rpm. An oil cooler is fitted to protect power delivery by maintaining optimum efficiency.
The 803cc swept volume is compressed to a ratio of 11:1, compared to the 696’s 10.7:1, then injected and
ignited by Siemens controlled electronics. The 2-1-2 catalytic exhaust system uses twin lambda probes and
regulating valve to provide finer fuel mapping and Euro 3 conformity. The system’s lightweight and compact
design is achieved by using 1mm thick tubing and terminates in twin lateral mufflers.
An APTC “wet“ clutch gives a “slipper“ type action that prevents destabilising of the rear-end under
aggressive down-shifting and also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, an advantage in
stop-start city traffic.
The Monster 796 has enhanced comfort and control with bar-risers gripping sturdy tapered section
aluminium handlebars. Integral type Brembo master cylinders are used for both the clutch and brake
systems and maintain a clean handlebar arrangement for the rider. They are fitted with user-friendly, 4-point
adjustable levers that provide easy-to-reach control for all hand sizes and the APTC clutch offers a super-
light lever action ideal for use in the city.
796 colours and style
The Monster 796 comes in traditional Ducati red or diamond black silk with both colours against a red Trellis
frame and black wheels, which feature a red flash around 60° of the rim side, creating a red stripe at speed.
Additional features include footrest hangers finished in matte black to match the rear sub-frame and single-
sided swingarm, the Ducati logo on the front mudguard and the Tricolore displayed proudly on the single-
seat cover and fuel tank.
The Monster 796 is fitted with the micro-bikini fairing and single seat cover as standard and features a
comfort-enhancing seat shape, further accentuated with stylish red stitching.