DUCATI MONSTER 695 (2006-2008) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Cheeky handling, verve and novice-friendliness are unchanged"

Ducati Monster 695 motorcycle review - Riding

"Cheeky handling, verve and novice-friendliness are unchanged"

  • At a glance
  • 695cc  -  73 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Medium seat height (770mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

 

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Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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 group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 695 (2006-2008) 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 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

My first Ducati

02 December 2007 by fedaykin

The bike of my dreams... Read more

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

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2008
Original price £4,995
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 73 bhp
Max torque 45 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 695cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 168kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake Single 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Ducati Monster 695 launched.

Other versions

None

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