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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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £7,895
Used price £6,500 to £8,000
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £300
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

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 797 (2017-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI MONSTER 797 (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Amazing bike, only the lack of toys which has stopped the 5 stars

26 June 2018 by Ben Patterson

Great first 'big boy bike' but oozing with the Italian spirit and style.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Amazing brakes, sharp and punchy.
4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Only complaint is the lacking in the toy department.
Buying experience

Straight from Woods in Abergele, brilliant guys there.

4 out of 5

Air Cooled Ducati fun

17 January 2018 by Luca Brasi

no gear indicator and no fuel gauge keep this from being five of five stars

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
brakes are very good, ride quality is better than I expected. Very easy to ride and adaptable to a number of riding scenarios.
5 out of 5
I like an air cooled big twin that produces power and torque low in the rev range and this one produces. Exhaust is too muted, swapped the OEM exhaust for a Termignoni that provides great sound and power too.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I bought it new so I expect it to be clean - but seems very well made, quality parts, well assembled and finished.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
anticipated value adjustment cost is the real downside here
5 out of 5
Get the Termignoni exhaust if you can - it's not cheap, but really makes the bike sound great and provides a bit of power in the included remap.
Buying experience

My dealer was great to work with.

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