DUCATI MONSTER 600 (1993-2001) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A mini version of the highly-successful M900 Monster"

Ducati M600 Monster motorcycle review - Riding

"A mini version of the highly-successful M900 Monster"

  • At a glance
  • 583cc  -  53 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  170 miles range
  • Medium seat height (770mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

A mini version of the highly-successful Ducati M900 Monster, the 600 has always been a hit with ‘first big bikers’,  women especially. It looks fabulous, sounds even better and offers sprightly, spirited performance. What’s more, the Ducati M600 Monster is an affordable way in to the sought-after Ducati motorcycles brand.

 

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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

With its little body, grunty engine and sporty Ducati 888 geometry, the Ducati M600 Monster is great fun for hurtling around corners. The suspension works well and the brakes are more than capable of bringing you to a halt. Slow speed work on a Ducati M600 Monster is hampered by a lousy turning circle, however, and the mirrors shake like a virgin on her wedding night.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Ducati M600 Monsters has a toned-down version of the Ducati 750SS engine, it gives out loads of low down and midrange grunt, making it perfect for urban riding or some naughty weekend scratching. It’s comfortable up to around 80mph but around the ton mark it gets a little wheezy: that, plus the motorcycle’s nakedness, mean the Ducati M600 Monster is less at home on the motorway.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The Ducati M600 Monster's build quality is good enough and it certainly looks fabulous. Reliability, however, is a touchy subject: some seem to go on forever, others suffer lots of little setbacks. Electrics, especially, are temperamental. Overall, though, the Ducati M600 Monster is a pretty trusty little motorcycle and definitely worth a try.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

The Ducati M600 Monster was always meant as a way in to Ducati ownership, it’s a bargain if being part of that club is your thing. The Ducati M600 Monster Dark is even cheaper. You could pick up a Honda CB600F Hornet or Suzuki GSF600 Bandit for less but they don’t come with the Latin allure.
Parts and servicing on the Ducati M600 Monster can be pricey, though. Find a Ducati M600 Monster for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

Marzocchi forks and Brembo brake calipers signify a certain high standard of workmanship but the Ducati M600 Monster is, otherwise, a relatively simplistic motorcycle. A lot of owners add aftermarket screens and carbon fibre bodywork to spruce things up. The low seat makes it extremely popular with female/smaller bikers.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 600 (1993-2001) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Excellent gutsy bike!

19 August 2012 by urbanfireblade

Mines an '01 M600, done 1400 miles in 2 1/2months ownership and been 100% reliable. Has been my commuter bike in the week and pleasure riding the weekend. Handling is ok, nothing scary to worry about, but there's little adjustment except preload.... Read more Engine is excellent-lots of low down grunt, nice burble, air/oil cooled, 2-valve, very simple and mechanically easy to work on. Gearbox can have some big gaps between gears so you may fins some false neutrals but you rarely get them once your used to it. Engine suits the bike perfectly tho runs out of puff after 7k so short shift is best. Can cruise at 80/85mph if need be, but seems happiest from 60-80mph. Low top gear revving, 60mph=4k revs, thats 15mph per 1k revs.You can wor out the rest. Comfortable up to around 45-50miles when seat feels uncomfortable then on, but doesn't get any worse the more miles you do. Honestly the quoted 43mpg is wrong, you will never get less than 50-55mpg. I average 62mpg overall(normally 60-70mpg commuting and weekend blasts in the country). Belts are super easy to do, access is excellent. Reliability has been great, no gremlins, it'll happily start even after a days worth of rain with it being sat outside. Payed £1550 for mine, an '01 Dark M600, 20k miles, average condition(needed tidying) in June 2012. I would recommend it to anyone, parts are £11 air filter, £10.80 oil filter etc. On par with yamaha, honda etc. Overall a great bike with bundles of charactor. Has won me over big time, i used to have Fireblades and a Bandit 1200 before this but my Monster 600 has shown me there's easily as much enjoyment at the opposite end of the speed scale. Don't be put off by the low bhp output, its a light bike and does a grand job making the most of its 53bhp. Try to find a standard one, well looked after and it'll bring many years of pleasure to you!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Monster M750

08 July 2011 by fellowrobin

Excellent handling and just love the engine. Perfect bike for city drive and shorter distances, but expect rough wind on highways. People claim some unidentified electrical problems may occur on some models, for instance I've myself come across two... Read more in a short time, although they were easy to fix. If you get one for around a couple of grands it's definately a catch.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

M600 1997

03 August 2009 by salokin

Apart from costing a miniature arm and leg to get it seen to sometimes (Rosso Corse are great) it is like being with a feisty, sexy, exuberant sweet heart who know what to do to make you happy. A very sexy, fun bike and perfect for London. People do... Read more actually MOVE out of the way when they see it coming along...sweet!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1993
Year discontinued 2001
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 53 bhp
Max torque 37 ft-lb
Top speed 116 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.6 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Specification
Engine size 583cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 174kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload and rebound
Front brake 320mm disc
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1993: Ducati M600 Monster introduced.
1994: A few minor tweaks, such as some gold on the frame and wheels and a silver side stand.
1999: New regulator and a braided clutch hose added.
2001: Ducati M600 Monster discontinued. It was reborn as the Ducati M620 Monster, with fuel injection and a bit more bhp.

Other versions

Ducati M600 Monster Dark: all black, budget version of the standard Ducati M600 Monster. Matt black tank, no seat cowl. It was introduced in 1997 and discontinued in 2002 when a Ducati M620 Monster Dark version superseded it.

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