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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

There was the Ducati M900 Monster (became the Ducati M1000 Monster), then the Ducati M600 Monster (became the Ducati M620 Monster) and then the Ducati M750 Monster (which became the Ducati M800 Monster), covering the vacant middle ground in the Ducati Monster family. As with the others, the Ducati M750 Monster or Ducati M800 Monster is a beautiful, painfully cool machine and, like the others, enjoys teasing owners with its fiery, Latin temperament. Imperfect but an iconic machine (like them all) nonetheless.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Ducati M750 Monster's engine’s been taken from the Ducati 750SS and detuned to provide more midrange grunt for this urban roadster motorcycle. Masses of torque means easy fun in town without millions of gear changes, whilst the powerband’s perfectly suited for blasting down twisty lanes, too. The Ducati M750 Monster used carburettors - the later Ducati M800 Monster was fuel injected.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Jerky throttle response and a heavy clutch mean on/off town work plays havoc with the uninitiated. Slow speed manoeuvring’s tricky too, given a poor turning circle. But the power’s where you want it and the brakes are great. At speed, the handling’s good but pegs and cans can scrape and the front suspension’s a bit squashy for anything too adventurous.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

The dash on the Ducati M750 Monster or Ducati M800 Monster is a bit spartan, especially the Ducati M750 Monster without a rev counter… Plenty of warning lights but no useful gauges. Low seat and high bars look the part but discomfort after shortish distances is a common complaint, especially amongst tall riders. Aftermarket screens are a good idea if you want to ride over 85mph.

Ducati M750/800 Monster (1996-2005)

Detail Value
Engine size 749 cc
Power 62 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Ducati M750 or M800 Monsters, like all Ducatis, can be touchy but it’s often the electrics, rather than anything mechanical, which goes wrong. Quality-wise, they’re beautifully built and put together. If you’re adding or repairing anything, use Ducati OE parts, if possible: the marque’s fans like to keep things pure. It’ll cost you though.

 

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Midway between the 600 and the 900, this 750 is a good compromise: the sprightliness of the former combined with (most of) the extra oomph of the latter. And, as Ducatis go, it’s not a bad price. For not a whole lot more, you could get a Monster M900 and an extra 15 or so bhp. Find a Ducati Monster 800 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

1996: Ducati M750 Monster introduced, similar to the Ducati M900 Monster but using the engine from the Ducati 750SS. Five speed gearbox and single front disc.
1997: Ducati M750 Monster now has two front discs plus new alternator and regulator.
1999: Another new regulator. Is there a pattern forming here?
2001: Ducati M750 Monster discontinued and superseded by the Ducati M800 Monster range.

Other Versions

Ducati M750 Monster Dark: “Budget” version. Matt black, no seat cowl and a little bit cheaper. Introduced in 1999, discontinued 2001 when an “ie” Dark was launched, along with the Ducati M750ie Monster (both were discontinued the following year).
Ducati M750ie Monster: Essentially the same as the standard bike but with fuel injection. Introduced 2001, discontinued 2002.
Ducati M800 Monster : The 803cc version, launched in 2002 with six gears, 73bhp, a lighter clutch and more ground clearance. Discontinued at the end of 2003 when it morphed in to the Monster S2R.
Ducati M800S Monster: “Special” version of the new model with alloy swingarm, bikini fairing and carbon fibre body parts. Discontinued in 2005.

Specifications

Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.1 secs
Max power 62 bhp
Max torque 46 ft-lb
Weight 178 kg
Seat height 770 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 749 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • 2000 M750

    Rapide998

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Great bike - light, low and easy to handle. 60-65mpg and that includes reasonable acceleration to 80mph but I'm no wheelie freak. Overall I love it, done 350 mile days and no reliability issues over last 7k miles (now on 12k). But don't like the 2 year cam belt change (£65). I could improve it by adding some flywheel mass but then I like old bikes too.....

    03 September 2007

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