DUCATI MONSTER 696 (2008-on) Review

Published: 16 May 2008

"Ducati have got it spot on with the all new Monster"

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"Ducati have got it spot on with the all new Monster"

  • At a glance
  • 696cc  -  67.5 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Low seat height (770mm)
  • £6,995

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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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Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

11 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 696 (2008-on) 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 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.2 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
4 out of 5

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05 January 2013 by Carlosoul

is not a 696 and is the 796 as it has a single sided swingarm, careful if you spend lots of money on it and its the wrong one. Read more

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 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great!

18 March 2011 by dankatz

I purchased a 696+ with the yellow skins and 14T sprocket with the Termignoni racing package. I bought it used in the US and got a terrific deal (60% of what new would have cost for a one and a half year old bike). I like that it is very nimble,... Read more grunty, agile, economical and brakes well. It has tons of character (unlike my previous FZ6) and very usable power. I can ride for hours with the touring seat and the riding position is actually very comfortable. Amazing for a bike that is the size of a 250cc bike! I highly recommend it especially if most of your riding is around town and suburbs.

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

haha reliability sucks

23 July 2009 by spikersv1000

5 trips to dealer so far , let down by ducati spares availability, build quality CR*P , Never ever darken the ducati dealer door unless you want endless trouble, Read more

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

well happy

15 July 2009 by jonnyconcrete

This was my first big bike and i have to say im more than happy with it. The bike has fantastic handling and the all new LCD display. I haven't been let down by the bike either. Go and see the alternatives then go and see this. The differences are in... Read more the build quality and finish. For me it was between this bike and the triumph street triple. I chose this for two reasons one because its nice and two because Triumph were not offering 0% finance like Ducati were. After owning the bike for a few months now im pleased as punch with it.

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

It's a great bike!

05 July 2009 by weemull

Love this bike, forward riding stance, amazing sound, super grunty bike! Perfect for zipping about town or the B roads. Read more

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

MCN you got it wrong

15 June 2009 by jonnyconcrete

MCN are quoting the wrong information in their specs for the 696 monster The Ducati monster 696 has 80 BHP @ 9000rpm not 67.5 as shown in your technical data. Also your torque figure that MCN have quoted is 44ftLb when the actual torque is... Read more 50.6ftLb

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

696

23 January 2009 by scoobers

2 months old and visit number 7 to the dealer due on Tuesday. So far the dealer has accused my riding and plugged the leads with silicon ... Read more

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

696 Duke

25 August 2008 by Dr Zoidberg

I`m using this bike for commuting and pleasure, come rain or shine, (more rain than shine) and it performs flawlessly, well happy..... Read more

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

Ducati 696

03 August 2008 by 696annie

Fantastic handling,very smooth; an absolute hoot to ride. Great fun... Read more

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

696

03 July 2008 by ducatiman69995

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 Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 11 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price £6,995
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 67.5 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Top speed 128 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 696cc
Engine type 8v Desmo V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 161kg
Front suspension 43mm USD forks, non adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock, preload and rebound adjust
Front brake 2 x 320mm, four poston calipers
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2008: Ducati 696

Other versions

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

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