Ducati released the details on its 2021 Ducati Monster. It is clear that 2021 marks a new direction for the bike that personified the “sport naked” class of street bikes.
The new Monster is as bare-bones as it gets. Stripped away are all of the unnecessary bits. However, what remains is the essence of its class. Raw. Powerful. Nimble. Attitude. The 2021 Ducati Monster is a beast in waiting.
Bare-bones? Yes. Lacking? No. The 2021 Ducati Monster is packed with performance and features to bring excitement to any ride. The new Monster is both derivative and a departure from the original Monster that made its debut in 1993. The 2021 Ducati Monster tips the scale at a dry weight of 366 pounds. The engine is a 937cc, 11-degree twin-cylinder Testastretta engine that produces 111hp. The maximum torque output is 9.5 Nm, achieved at 6500rpm.
The structure of the 2021 Ducati Monster is leaned out, compared to previous models. Gone is the trellis-style frame that the Monster is most recognized for. The 2021 model borrows the Panigale V4 with a weight saving (weighing just under 7 pounds) short aluminum front frame. The engine is mounted directly to the front frame. The Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) rear subframe weighs only 4.2 pounds. When compared to the Monster 828 model, the 2021 Ducati Monster weighs 40 pounds less.
The ride position of the new Monster is one of its key elements. The seat height is just above 32 inches. This height makes it suitable and comfortable for riders of varying sizes to comfortably maneuver the Monster and stabilize the bike when at a standstill. Ducati offers an even lower seat that brings the seat height to 31 inches. However, if you need it lower, Ducati offers a spring kit that lowers the bike, resulting in a seat height of 30.5 inches.
Compared to the 821 Monster, the 2021 model has an increased steering angle by 7 degrees for an aspect of 36 degrees. And the handlebars are now 7cm closer for better control and handling. This is a welcome change especially in tighter riding environments, such as urban commuting.
Ducati has modernized the Monster’s electronic set up with a new round LED headlight and sweeping self-canceling turn signals. The features continue with ABS cornering, traction, launch and wheelie control. There are three riding modes to select from: sport, urban and touring. All of the Ducati 2021 Monster ride options are managed via the handlebar controls and displayed on the 4.3 inch TFT dash. The TFT dash borrows layout elements from the Panigale V4 and displays standard data in a race-inspired manner.
The 2021 Ducati Monster is available in Ducati Red and Dark Stealth with black wheels, and Aviator Grey with GP Red wheels. It also comes in Plus version, offered in the same colors but equipped with For those who want the bike with an even sportier image, there is the Plus version in the same colors with an aerodynamic windshield and the cover for the passenger seat.
A selection of Ducati Performance components will be available for the 2021 Ducati Monster. Taking it up a notch, Ducati will include graphic sticker kits as part of the offerings. The kits will provide a means for those that want to customize their visuals of their Monster sans the often hefty price tag that comes with custom paint jobs.
The 2021 Ducati Monster will hit dealership showrooms in April of 2021.