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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Ducati Monster 695 is the latest version of junior Monster and is revitalised with more capacity, better equipment and brakes and all-new paintjobs. Cheeky handling, verve and novice-friendliness are unchanged, however. The Ducati Monster 695 is the cheapest way into Ducati style.

 

Watch the Ducati Monster 695 take on the Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha's FZ6 Fazer, the Honda Hornet, Suzuki's GSR600 and Kawasaki's Z750

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Ducati Monster 695 has bigger bores but shorter strokes than the Ducati M620 Monster combine to deliver 10bhp more than the old 620 and the highest output per cc of any Ducati air-cooled V-twin ever.  But the Ducati Monster 695 is no breathless, rev-happy psycho. It’s meaty yet free revving and flexible with glitch-free throttle response.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Around town the Ducati Monster 695 is light, lithe and easy, and all the better now for the improved responsiveness and smooth flexibility of the bigger engines. While out on the open road, although the suspension is a tad soft, corners could still be tackled briskly and confidently on the Ducati Monster 695.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Ducati Monster 695 is not the budget motorcycle the smallest Monsters once were. Although suspension is fairly basic the Ducati Monster 695 has ‘proper’ twin front discs, the same dual dial instrument pod of its bigger brothers and plenty of decent detailing. On the black version, for example, there are black bar clamps, mirrors, levers and even footrest hangers.

Ducati Monster 695 (2006-2008)

Detail Value
New price £4,995
Dealer used prices
£3,230 (2007) - £3,580 (2007)
Private used prices
£2,940 (2007) - £3,260 (2007)
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Engine size 695 cc
Power 73 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Ducati’s standards have notably improved of late, and the Ducati Monster 695 is the latest example of this. Paint is mouthwateringly deep and glossy for example. It’s not perfect, of course. Some areas around the engine still look a little unfinished with too much exposed wiring and the like, but the Ducati Monster 695 is better than older Ducatis.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

At £4995 when launched the Ducati Monster 695 succeeds in being both novice-friendly and genuinely versatile and practical, in having both style and respectable, usable performance but, most of all, in being something of a bargain that no longer either looks, or performs like, the poor relation of the Monster motorcycle range. Find a Ducati Monster 695 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

2006: Ducati Monster 695 launched.

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Max power 73 bhp
Max torque 45 ft-lb
Weight 168 kg
Seat height 770 mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 695 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake Single 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(1 review)

  • My first Ducati

    fedaykin

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    The bike of my dreams...

    02 December 2007

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