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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The new 696 Monster is Ducati’s most important bike, this is the bike that brings in the money and the sales, and thankfully it seems Ducati have got it spot on with the all new Monster. Thankfully they’ve not played around with the styling too much, and just improved the old bike as a package, in terms of engine performance and handling.


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MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The cylinder head of the new Ducati 696 Monster is now very similar to the two valve 1100 Multistrada’s. Bore and stroke remain the same but Ducati have managed to squeeze out and extra 9% of power. Thankfully it’s not lost any of its character, and still sounds and feels like a Monster

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Ducati 696 Monster is still distinctively a Monster, and feels like the old bike on board, but it’s not an uncomfortable over stretch like the old bike. It still feels light and is easy to throw around. The understeer feeling of the old bike has been rectified and so has the poor ground clearance thanks to the new re-routed exhausts.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Ducati 696 Monster’s clutch is feather light and comes as a slipper clutch as standard. The Brembo radial brakes up front are powerful but still progressive and ideal for novice riders. However, only the shock is adjustable and for the price we’d expect fully adjustable suspension.

Ducati 696 Monster (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,995
Dealer used prices
£4,310 (2008) - £6,240 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,880 (2008) - £5,660 (2013)
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Engine size 696 cc
Power 67.5 bhp
Top speed 128 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

As you’d expect from Ducati recently the level of finish on the Ducati 696 Monster is very high even on for a budget model. The engine has not changed too much and the old motor took a thrashing in its stride, as many engine actually ended up on race tracks. Keep the bike regularly serviced by a Ducati dealer and you shouldn’t have any problems.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

This is the new Ducati 696 Monster’s only downfall really. Yes, it’s cheap for a Ducati, you’re buying into a quality brand and fashionable brand, but the competition is considerably cheaper, bikes like the ER6 and SV650. If you are buying with your heart then you’ll go for the Italian but if money is tight you may as well go for one of the cheaper Japanese bikes. Find a Ducati Monster 696 for sale.


Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2008: Ducati 696

Other Versions

Ducati 696 Monster Plus: Same sas Monster but with cowling and seat hump but at £5750.


Top speed 128 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 67.5 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 161 kg
Seat height 770 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 696 cc
Engine specification 8v Desmo V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment 43mm USD forks, non adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock, preload and rebound adjust
Front brakes 2 x 320mm, four poston calipers
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(11 reviews)

  • Average rating rating is 5

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    had 15 bikes fron 748 ducatis t ofat boy harley this is best bike i have had for handling and best for value great bike

    03 July 2008


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80 HP in the U.S.

Per it has 80 HP or 58.8kW in the U.S. making a fast bike by all measures considering its weight of 355 LB or 161 kg. It is a relatively simple exotic bike for the U.S. in the land of Harleys and Jap crotch rockets. The MSRP of $8995 in the U.S. is a bargain by U.S. standards. The size should make it a very good urban machine which is 90% of riding here. The limiting factor here is the limited dealers in the U.S. As an example the closest dealer here in Lafayette, Louisiana is New Orleans, Louisiana. While on the other hand there are Harley, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha dealers everywhere. Exotic motorcycles and cars are not real common in the U.S. outside of major cities. That is a built in problem for service.

30 May 2010 19:14



Monster 696

Just had a go on one of these at the weekend. I ride an 06 R6 so was expecting it to be slow, rough and wobbly! COULDN'T be more wrong. This bike is an absolute HOOT! Fast (up to 90), light, handles brilliantly and sounds the dogs twitchers! If you want a bike for hammering round the twisty's - this is the one! Oh and 67bhp - my a$$!

22 September 2008 09:10


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had 15 bikes from harley fat boys to ducati 748 but this is best bike i have had for handling and value great bike

03 July 2008 07:11


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Maybe its an at the wheel figure as opposed to a crank shaft figure???

24 June 2008 18:49


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Must be an error. Here in Germany it has 74HP, which fits nicely in our 78HP insurance class (read: cheap). The real power should be anything up to 80 (so says Ducati).

05 June 2008 11:32

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