DUCATI MONSTER 797 (2017-on) Review

Published: 04 April 2017

Air-cooling returns to Ducati’s Monster range in the shape of the Monster 797

DUCATI MONSTER 797  (2017-on)

Air-cooling returns to Ducati’s Monster range in the shape of the Monster 797

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Monster 797 is that most rare of modern bike – a turn-key fun machine. It is simple, fun, handles well thanks to its light weight and is pleasingly devoid of modern electrical assists. Just get on and enjoy without the need to read the instruction manual!

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Tipping the scales at just 193kg wet, the Monster 797 is pleasingly light and agile. The suspension is quite firm, but it is designed to deliver a sporty ride and the Brembo brakes bite hard. Fairly obviously it lacks wind protection, but that’s to be expected!

Engine 4 out of 5

The air-cooled Desmodue V-twin is the same as the Scrambler’s motor and holds no surprises. It’s not the most powerful engine, but produces 80% of its peak torque by 3500rpm and this low and mid-range grunt makes it very easy to ride. It sounds and feels like a proper old-school Monster.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The air-cooled engine is very reliable and has pleasingly long service intervals of 7500 miles, which helps keep running costs down, but the cam belts still need changing every 15,000 miles. The quality of finish appears high and Ducati tend not to skimp when it comes to small items such as fasteners. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Monster is at the higher end of the middleweight market, but that is to be expected from a model made in Bologna. The pleasing thing about the 797 is the fact it comes with quality items such as inverted forks and Brembo brakes, helping justify its price. The fact it costs £100 more to get it in anything other than red is, however, a bit disappointing.

Equipment 3 out of 5

You don’t get traction control or power modes on the Monster 797, but ABS is standard and so are Brembo monoblock radial brake calipers and a USB port under the seat. Ducati’s Multimedia System can be retro fitted but the inverted forks are non-adjustable and the shock only has spring preload and rebound damping adjustment.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £7,895
Used price £6,000 to £8,000
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 50.8 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 53 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Engine size 803cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled desmo V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 193kg
Front suspension 43mm inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable spring preload and rebound
Front brake 2x320mm disc four-piston radial monoblock caliper, ABS
Rear brake 245mm disc, one-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70X17
Rear tyre size 180/55x17

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