DUCATI MONSTER 695 (2006 - 2008) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£50|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The junior Monster 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.
Watch the Ducati Monster 695 take on the Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha's FZ6 Fazer, the Honda Hornet, Suzuki's GSR600 and Kawasaki's Z750
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Around town the Ducati Monster 695 is light, lithe and easy, and all the better 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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Ducati Monster 695 has bigger bores but shorter strokes than the Ducati M620 Monster that combine to deliver 10bhp more and the highest output per cc of any Ducati air-cooled V-twin before. But the 695 is no breathless, rev-happy psycho. It’s meaty yet free revving and flexible with glitch-free throttle response.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Ducati’s standards have notably improved over the years and the Ducati Monster 695 is the perfect 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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Ducati Monster 695 succeeds in being both novice-friendly and genuinely versatile and practical, having both style and usable performance. Most of all it's something of a bargain that unlike previous models, isn't the poor relation of the Monster range. Find a Ducati Monster 695 for sale.
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.
|Engine type||4v V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||14 litres|
|Front brake||Twin 300mm discs|
|Rear brake||Single 245mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||160/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||42 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£50|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||73 bhp|
|Max torque||45 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||12.3 secs|
|Tank range||120 miles|
Model history & versions
2006: Ducati Monster 695 launched.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MONSTER 695 (2006 - 2008)
2 owners have 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Annual servicing cost: £50
Delightful Monster-can't think of any bad points
Basic suspension is plush and gives a stable confident ride, it is good enough to have lots of fun on, I have had all the flash expensive suspension on my Monsters and objectively for riding on the English roads, the standard set up works just great.
As mentioned I have had a few Monsters from the 600 to the S4RS and I think this 700 cc engine is the best engine, its got enough punch for the B roads, whilst not having any of the low rev piston slap that the larger S4RS has at low revs. Yep this is a super sweet, smooth engine, with a great light clutch and gearbox. Perfect.
If looked after Ducati's are just fine, I have had a few and never any issues.
I don't do much mileage so servicing cheap as chips and the belts, oils filter etc get changed frequently, do the belts myself very easy on this bike. I have never needed to adjust valves on any of my Ducati's, maybe it is because I change the oil so regularly!
It has all you need and I was lucky with mine as it already had the very, very rare center stand fitted, makes maintenance so simple and hassle free.
Buying experience: Bought privately-always do so
The bike of my dreams...