This is the new water-cooled Monster 821 which joins the range below the recently launched 1200 version to replace the outgoing Monster 796.
The bike is powered by the 821cc Testastretta 11 V-twin engine first seen in the Hypermotard which has 112bhp along with the completely overhauled styling, chassis and running gear first seen with the bigger 1200cc model.
MCN nabbed spy shots of the Monster 800 undergoing the final stages of testing three months ago but these are the first official images of the new bike.
Differences between the 1200 and 821 cc models can be seen in the double-sided swingarm, lower specification Brembo brakes and differently-styled exhaust silencers.
Ducati’s information states: “Powered by the latest edition of Ducati’s highly successful 821 Testastretta 11° engine, the highly accessible new Monster combines 112hp and 65.9ft-lb of torque with an impressively lightweight 179.5kg – 395.7lb (dry weight) overall package. This stylish mix of minimalism and performance paves the way back to the original essence of the Monster concept, where less-is-more and made-in-Italy combine to create a motorcycle lifestyle
High-spec brakes, excellent suspension and stylish componentry merge with Ducati’s best-yet ergonomics to offer the Italian manufacturer’s most attractive mid-range Monster ever. Super comfortable and with an innovative adjustable seat height, the model also combines eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.
The Monster 821 uses next generation technologies to create an enhanced rider/motorcycle relationship, delivering a high-adrenaline experience while constantly reassuring with the feeling of complete control and ergonomic integration.
Available in Ducati Dealerships from July 2014 onwards, the Monster 821 Dark is presented in dark stealth with black frame and black wheels, while the Monster 821 is dressed in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels or star white silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with colour-matched single-seat covers. The brand new model is also made available to restricted license holders with the specially regulated power versions of 25kw for Switzerland and 35kw for other participating countries.”
A Monster 821 Dark version will also be available when the bike hits dealers in July.