Since the first Ducati Monster was introduced in 1993, the naked V-twin has represented a sizeable chunk of Ducati’s sales. Despite being a practical and affordable way into Ducati ownership for many, the Monster is a charismatic, flickable and fun motorcycle.
There’s a huge range of Monsters out there on the used market with various engine sizes, air or liquid-cooling and varying technology levels. Here’s MCN’s list of five great ways to own a Ducati Monster.
- Engine: 696cc air-cooled
- Year introduced: 2008
- This one: £4195 – 11,497 miles
The Monster 696 replaced the Monster 695 as the low-capacity baby version of the bike in 2008. A rerouted under-seat exhaust improved ground clearance and a 9% power increase (to 67.5bhp) meant that the entry-level Ducati is as much fun as ever.
- Engine: 821cc liquid-cooled
- Year introduced: 2014
- This one: £5699 – 3509 miles
A real step up in performance from the 696, the Ducati Monster 821 represents is the middle ground between the baby Monster and the full-blooded 1200.
With 112bhp on tap, there’s more than enough power to keep you interested but the 821 is incredibly user friendly. The trademark trellis frame now uses the engine as a stressed member and the wheel-base is slightly shorter than its 1200cc big brother’s for quicker steering.
The 821 is great to ride around town, with a light clutch, adjustable seat and brake lever and an effective ABS system. It makes a great first big bike.
- Engine: 803cc air-cooled
- Year introduced: 2017
- This one: £6400 – 851 miles
Simplicity and fun have always been at the heart of the Monster family and the 797 is a perfect embodiment of this.
There’s no need to mess around with rider modes, adjustable forks or multimedia screens to have fun on two wheels, which is good for Ducati because the 797 doesn’t have them anyway.
What it does have is bucket-loads of Italian V-twin charisma (thanks in part to the return of air-cooling) and a riding experience that’s sure to put a smile on your face every time you turn the key.
The 797 does have competition from the Ducati Scrambler 800 which uses the same engine in a trendy, neo-retro package.
- Engine: 1198cc liquid-cooled
- Year introduced: 2014
- This one: £8795 – 6788
Representing the top end of the Monster family, the 1200 is a muscular 145bhp supernaked that uses the same engine as the Ducati 1198 superbike and Ducati Multistrada 1200.
As well as being the most powerful Monster, the 1200 is also the most expensive and moves away from the ‘entry point’ reputation of lower capacity versions.
For the extra money, you get arguably the best Monster that Ducati have ever made, three rider modes, ABS and if you go for the S like this one, Ohlins suspension.
- Engine: 1078cc air-cooled
- Year introduced: 2011
- This one: £5495 – 12,338 miles
The 2011 Monster 1100 Evo represented a new chapter in the story of the Monster. With Marzocchi fully adjustable USD forks and a well set-up Sachs shock, the 1100 Evo is sporty enough for a blast at a trackday. But the torquey engine and upright riding position mean it is accommodating and polite when you need it to be on the road.
You also get Brembo brakes with ABS, rider modes, traction control and that sexy single-sided swingarm making it a bit of a bargain on the used market.