DUCATI MONSTER 796 (2010 - 2013) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Yee-haar. Puzzled? Don’t be. The simple truth is Ducati’s 796 slots nicely between the first-timer Monster 696 and the more powerful Monster 1100 and it's one of biking’s easy-to-net pleasures. It’s not under or overpowered, not expensive to buy second hand or maintain, easy to ride and a looker to boot. Plus it carries one of the most recognisable brand names ever on its fuel tank: Ducati.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Showa non-adjustable forks and the usual Sachs rear shock are a serious partnership – they’re tuned to work together so perfectly. Ok, so fast riding over bumps produces uppercut punches to the buttocks, but the first ride was on Italian roads that are far worse than the UK’s. Thankfully Ducati’s Monster design team has seen the light and started to move the wide one-piece tapered handlebar up and away from the front wheel spindle (20mm higher than other models). There’s still an amount of bodyweight propped on the wrists but it’s better and picking up the pace gives instant relief. An agile chassis that gives feedback a plenty front and rear makes for a purposeful road chaser, in or out of town.
EngineNext up: Reliability
All the requisites of a medium sized air-cooled V-twin are here in the Monster 796’s 803cc engine. A rolling mist of torque stretches across the rev range and is topped with an acceptable level of horsepower that won’t scare freshly licenced riders, or bore veterans of 130bhp and more. There are more details involved in making the 796 an enjoyable riding experience: 1) light throttle action, 2) boom-bastic reverb from the airbox on the overrun, 3) quality throttle response, and 4) it handles…
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Monster 696 and 1100 are sorted machines that have revealed no major concerns for owners or potential buyers. This way of thinking surely applies to the 796. Aesthetically, Ducati’s constant battle to boost build quality shows with every new model – wiring and frame clips are mostly out of view, tip-top coating finish. Shame about the piss-poor mirror mounts that can come loose in the breeze.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
However much you pay, the amount of fun the Ducati supplies is worth considerably more than the bike’s asking price. It can rock along at a good pace, cut the mustard through traffic and it’ll even be a good blast on a track day. And it looks good to boot. Find a Ducati Monster 796 for sale.
On the face of it the 796 comes with very little by the way of toys or gizmos. However, the LCD race-replica dash while tasty is nothing new in Ducati-ville. Like the sporting 1098/1198 bikes the Monster carries a facility to record and download to computer throttle position, revs, gear selected etc via an accessory device.
|Engine type||Air-cooled, 4v Desmodromic four-stroke, 90° V-twin. Six gears. Fuel injection|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Rear suspension||Adjustable for preload and rebound damping|
|Front brake||2 x 310mm discs with 4-piston radial calipers|
|Rear brake||245mm disc with dual-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 19|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||38 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||£300|
|Used price||£6,000 - £6,300|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||87 bhp|
|Max torque||58 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||127 miles|
Model history & versions
2010: Monster 796 released
An ABS version is available for £7965. The ABS doesn’t detract from the rider’s pleasure one iota.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MONSTER 796 (2010 - 2013)
9 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 796 (2010 - 2013) 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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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Annual servicing cost: £500
Previous bike was an ER6N so any bike was an upgrade, but this blew my mind, I waited a year before I reviewed it so I'd have a good idea how it actually performs, and it's been perfect, I've used it in every weather commuting to work, fun at weekends and some track action and its not missed a beat.
For every day stuff it's great, very comfortable even with my girlfriend on the back, I wish the front forks were adjustable though as on track they are too soft and a little squirmy, but they're still good and predictable!Brakes have good power and feel, I use EBC pads over the OEM ones, ABS doesn't feel intrusive at all.
Very torquey, surprising amount of top end, very good on fuel too.
Fuel pump was cutting out, contact sprayed the switches and it never happened again, apart from that no issues.No rust or corrosion anywhere.
Desmo service cost me £200, people complain about high service costs but I think it's quite reasonable, although I don't drive a car so I can afford to spend a bit more on a bike.
Ducati went for a minimalistic approach with the monster, people complain about the lack of fuel gauge and gear indicator, personally I don't care.I use S22 rear tyre and BT016 front, they are a good pair and very solid on track.
Buying experience: Bought for £3300 with just under 20,000 miles (I think) in October 2021, prices have gone ho slightly
Annual servicing cost: £100
The qualty of the finish is very good and to me its like mechanical art! If you wish to do your own maintenance, it does require a reasonable level of competence and does not like a slip shod approach.
Great handling and brakes. I use Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tyres at 30 psi front and 32 rear.
This engine produces lovely power across its powerband. The only annoyance is a vibration throughout the rev range that tends to cause the rear view mirrors to shake and distort when cruising and accelerating but this ceases if you back off the throttle.
Always starts well winter and summer but does require a fair amount of warming up in cold weather. The brakes are excellent and l have no criticisms of either its ability to go or stop. In short a great bike!
Ducati servicing is not cheap but a good mekchanic is priceless!
I don't carry anything heavy but i use a waterproof kit bag if l need to carry anything light. I use this bike a a roadster not as a tourer.
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer with a part exchange deal. Very helpful guys and we struck a reasonable deal.
A great learner-friendly naked bike, but with enough power to remain fun
Firm ride, but well balanced front to rear. Very sharp and rolls into corners well. Brakes are good and strong, with twin disks up front. Even the rear brake is capable!
Big V-twin, so plenty of torque everywhere. Replace the standard exhausts with a decat and it really flies up to the redline. A little lumpy below 3000 RPM, but above that the fuelling is perfect. The only fly in the ointment is the fuel economy - mid-30s is about all I can get.
Everything feels high quality, cables are well clipped and routed, all the fixings and fasteners are lovely. Everything comes apart and goes back together no bother at all.
Being a naked everything is easy to access, Ducati parts are easy to get hold of. Service intervals are huge these days - first valve clearance isn't due for 5 years/40,000 miles.
Dash is clear and easy to read, but there aren't any driver aids or other gizmos. What's present works flawlessly, but it doesn't have anything to make the heart of the tech freak beat quicker.
Best: 1) Design and style; 2) Riding position; 3) Engine responsiveness at medium and high rotations; 4) Racing spirit and comfortable on city traffic; 5) Maintenance cost. Worst: 1) Engine responsiveness at low rotations; 2) Heat near ankles and between legs; 3) Efficient loss and heating at low rotations; 4) Gear config makes 1st gear too long for city traffic; 5) Low autonomy (~200 km).
Comfortable for long rides, good riding position for both city and road, good breaking stability.
Heating and efficience loss at low rotations
Mirrors tend to get loose.
The Pirelli Angel GT tire is a better option than the original Pirelli Diablo Rosso II. It lasts longer and it is better in wet roads.
Version: 20th Anniversary
Fun bike, great in the Scottish glen roads.
Front can feel a bit stiff on some poor surfaced roads. Brakes are very good.
Ride the torque wave.
2 years old no corrosion, although used for summer runs only.
Needs it belts done every 2 years or 7500mls.
Minimalistic, I cannot even see the see speedo it is that small.
Buying experience: Private sale
Recommended..... a fun bike!!! not too powerful but with great character!!!!
Have to use 1st gear in many occasions
No gear indicator, no fuel gauge.... Why ducati....??? How expensive is it.....???
Buying experience: Get a termig.... pipe!!!!!
Great fun on the twisty bits, i am quite new to big bikes thought this was going to be difficult to ride, very supprised at how easy it is.
Love the torque and great sounds
No issues to date
Tyres seem to be wearing quite quickly
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer. good value and customer service
My previous bike was an '08 fireblade and I now know what is mean't be character. The sound even with sock cans is great, the twin rumble, power delivery and popping on the over run are fantastic With me on it the M796 is much faster in the twisties as the riding position allows you to be in control. I miss the power for overtakes but can still bumble along at a healthy 125mph. I'm racking up the miles as this bike brings a constant smile....less is more!!!
Since having a Suzuki SV650S as my first proper bike, I had a Honda CB1300S (excellent but not enough leg room), VFR800 (Rubbish fuelling) and a CBR600RR which was a very good bike, comfortable, but I just missed having any sort mid-range power. So I saw the 796 & went to my local dealer to see if I could get a test ride, but I could only get a test ride on a 696. After test riding the 696 I bought a 796 on the spot & picked it up a week later. I've now covered just over 2000 miles & fingers crossed no problems yet. It's my first duke & I always wanted one. I thought it might disappoint me because of my high expectations, but so far it hasn't one little bit. As an everyday road bike, I can't find one fault with it. The ride and handling is spot on & so far I haven't had any problems with the reliability of it. After always having japanese bikes and being told of how to be wary of italian bikes, so far, I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's excellent & almost seems cheap compared to some of the japanese bikes now. As long as it doesn't start having reliability problems or start costing a fortune to maintain, I don't see why I'd want to go back to any of the japanese four.