Air-cooling returns to the Monster family

Published: 22 March 2017

After a small break, 2017 sees air-cooling return to the Ducati Monster family in the shape of the new Monster 797.

And for those who are fans of traditionalism, that’s a welcome relief as in 1993 the Monster was born as an air-cooled naked bike and until the Monster 821 emerged in 2014 there has always been a good old-fashioned air-cooled SOHC two-valve Monster in the range.

So what has brought about this change of heart from Ducati?


According to Ducati, the air-cooled Monster makes the Monster spirit and appeal accessible to everyone while also expressing the unique Monster essence of the iconic 1990s machine.

The cynical amongst you may point out that the success of the firm’s Scrambler range with their focus on old-school looks, styling and engineering may also have been a significant factor in its rebirth.

And it is no coincidence that the Monster 797 uses the same 803cc engine as the Scrambler and lacks traction control and variable fuel modes to keep its price tag down and retro authenticity up.

Costing £8245, which is £1350 less than the water-cooled 821, on paper the Monster seems to have hit the right price point, but are we all viewing air-cooling through rose-tinted glasses?

Should the Monster range turn its back on its past and concentrate on the future or does tradition still have a place in the family?

MCN is riding the Monster 797 tomorrow, so keep an eye on our MCN Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what we make of this new old-style Monster. Come back to for more later on this week.


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