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The Monster 821 is the mid-size version of the new generation Monster 1200.
More than two decades on from the Monster’s first unveiling, the Monster 821 maintains the stylish character made famous by the original concept, the essential model sports, the same new chassis and muscular styling as the Monster 1200 and is designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies.
Powered by the Ducati’s highly successful 821 Testastretta 11° engine, the highly accessible Monster combines 112 hp and 65.9ft-lb of torque with an impressively lightweight *179.5kg (395.7lb) overall package. This stylish mix of minimalism and performance paves the way back to the original essence of the Monster concept, where less-is-more and made-in-Italy combine to create a motorcycle lifestyle.
High-spec brakes, excellent suspension and stylish componentry merge with Ducati’s best-yet ergonomics to offer the Italian manufacturer’s most attractive mid-range Monster ever. Super comfortable and with an innovative adjustable seat height, the model also combines 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.
The Monster 821 uses next generation technologies to create an enhanced rider/motorcycle relationship, delivering a high-adrenaline experience while constantly reassuring with the feeling of complete control and ergonomic integration.
Available at Ducati Dealerships the Monster 821 Dark is presented in dark stealth with black frame and black wheels, while the Monster 821 is dressed in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels or star white silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with colour-matched single-seat covers. The model is also made available to restricted license holders with the specially regulated power versions of 25kw for Switzerland and 35kw for other participating countries. The Monster 821 Stripe, instead, sports the exclusive red colour scheme with double white side-stripe on mudguard, tank and passenger seat cover, plus the red frame and black wheels.
A bold and essential form shaped by a unique history, combined with the unmistakable Ducati roar released from the 112hp Testastretta 11° engine, are hallmarks of the Monster 821. Trellis frame, Riding Modes, and the Ducati Safety Pack are the elements that bring you unprecedented riding pleasure. Monster 821. Designed according to your desires, to be even more Monster
Forms and functionalities.
The performance and fluidity of the new Testastretta 11°, the versatility of the three Riding Modes, the comfort of the adjustable seat and the passenger handles make the Monster 821 the ideal bike for every occasion. With Monster, the design is unmistakably that of an icon. The fun has no limits.
It takes just a glance to see all of the elements that contribute to creating the legendary Monster: the muscular, sporty line, the rounded front headlight flanked by the forks, the high number plate, the compact yet imposing metal fuel tank. The unmistakable “minimalist” design that gives you the impression of being in front of an engine, a frame, a tank, a seat, and nothing more.
Despite its larger size, which offers unprecedented performance and versatility, the Monster’s proportions immediately reveal the heart of a sports bike. The mass is visually concentrated at the front and the engine area looks compact, even with the new water cooling system, into which the radiator and the water supply pipes have been cleverly incorporated. The engine is combined with an impressive side-mounted staggered exhaust system that leaves no room for doubt about the bike’s performance.
The new Monster 821 clearly spells sophistication, modernity and substance thanks to its avant-garde technology and top-quality materials. Ducati’s traditional trellis frame has evolved, using a typical sports bike solution, in which the engine is the supporting element. The imposing metal tank in pure “Monster style” helps to define a superior class of bike.
Introducing the Monster
The Monster’s worldwide success and well-earned image as the unchallenged icon of naked motorcycles is the result of investing over 20 years of Ducati engineering, design and styling experience. It is an investment in time, constantly rewarded by being the motorcycle of choice for motorcycle connoisseurs and celebrities, from actors and musicians to Formula 1 drivers and top athletes.
Over 290,00 Monsters have now been sold, creating a growing world of Monsteristi with a creative passion for personalisation. The Monster has always been a statement on two wheels, an expression that created a cult following and, above all, a premium lifestyle motorcycle easily accessible to everyone.
The Monster represents the next generation middleweight of this famous family, combining genuine Monster tradition with Ducati’s latest technical solutions to engineer a modern and mature masterpiece. From the super-smooth refinement of the latest 821 Testastretta 11° engine and its Panigale-style direct attachment to the frame to best-ever ergonomics, this iconic motorcycle now mixes authentic sport character with lifestyle sophistication.
Mirroring the Monster 1200, the Monster’s larger metal fuel tank presents an even more muscular image, emphasised by a narrow waistline and an incredibly compact headlamp that creates the overall silhouette of a powerful bull ready to charge. The clean and minimal handlebar area continues the naked icon’s essential character with distinctive quality to component finish.
2016 Ducati Monster 821
Main as-standard features
o Colour scheme 1. Ducati Red with red frame and black wheel rims
2. Star White Silk with red frame and matt red wheels
o 821 cm³ Testastretta 11° engine
o Maximum power 112 hp
o Trellis frame attached to cylinder heads
o Double-sided swingarm
o LCD instrumentation
o Riding Modes
o Ducati Safety Pack (3-level ABS, 8-level DTC)
o 43 mm Kayaba forks
o Adjustable Sachs shock
o Height-adjustable seat
o Passenger seat cover
DUCATI MONSTER FAMILY
Presented in 1992 at the Cologne fair, the Monster was an immediate hit, a machine that skilfully combined a few simple technical elements to create not just a bike but, first and foremost, a true design phenomenon. Over the years the Monster has gone on to become a motorcycling icon and now, twenty years later, Ducati offers a full Monster ‘family’ that has something for every motorcyclist.
In 2016 the Monster family is set to expand even further. The new Monster 1200 R, the most sports-oriented naked bike to come off the Ducati production line, now joins the Monster 1200, and 1200 S, thus completing the range. On the 821 cc version of the renowned Ducati naked instead, riders can choose from among the Dark, Monster 821 and 821 Stripe versions.
A core feature of the Monster family is the high-capacity steel fuel tank that enhances its powerful character. Emphasized by its thin flanks and the incredibly compact front headlight, the outline of the Monster resembles that of a charging bull. A clean, minimalist handlebar zone underscores the bike’s essential style, while close attention to detail is evident in the high-quality finish.
The Monster family also offers a broad range of engines. For example, the twin-cylinder 821 Testastretta 11° delivers 112 hp @ 9250 rpm and a maximum torque of 9.1 kgm (66 lb-ft)@ 7750 rpm. The Testastretta 11° DS on the Monster 1200, instead, comes in three different versions: 135 hp @ 8750 rpm with 12 kgm (87 lb-ft) @ 7250 rpm on the standard model; 145 hp @ 8750 rpm and 12.7 kgm (92 lb-ft) @ 7250 rpm on the S version and 160 hp @ 9250 rpm and 13.4 kgm (97 lb-ft) @ 7750 rpm on the R version.
Ducati constantly invests in engine quality and reliability. That’s why the 1200 and 821 engines that power the Monster family have such long maintenance intervals: 15,000 km (9,000 miles) between services and valve clearance adjustments every 30,000 km (18,000 miles).
When it comes to the Monster chassis, Ducati uses the most advanced design techniques it has ever developed. The iconic Trellis frame remains a central design feature, with the attachment points positioned directly on the cylinder heads, a technique already implemented on the Panigale Superbike. The Monster frame is extremely compact. Large-diameter steel tubing ensures a combination of optimal torsional strength and minimal weight.
Vehicle dynamics are controlled by cutting-edge electronics that include the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP). The latter features ABS and Ducati Traction Control, plus Ducati Riding Modes, which allow the rider to combine power delivery, ABS and Traction Control in three different ways to give the Monster an Urban, Touring or Sport feel to match both riding conditions and preferred riding style.
The second generation 821cc Testastretta 11° engine, now becomes a fully-stressed chassis member with Panigale-style attachment points for the Trellis frame. The Desmodromic motor uses a number of important and highly effective features to deliver an impressive 112 hp @ 9,250rpm and a ride-enhancing torque of 65.9lb-ft (9.1kgm) @ 7,750rpm.
In addition to the crankshaft now rotating on shell main bearings lubricated with a new-style oil pump, a number of well-proven technical advancements in Ducati’s twin-cylinder technology have also been combined to create an exciting, customisable and user-friendly character for the new generation mid-range Monster.
Breathing through circular Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies, the 821 Testastretta 11° uses the latest fuel injector positioning to target spray directly onto the rear of the hot intake valve instead of the relatively cold surface of the intake port wall. The enhanced vaporisation achieved as the fuel hits the valve, fully atomises the incoming charge, eliminating the chance of compromised combustion efficiency experienced if droplets of fuel enter in liquid form. The engine, which is cooled with a stylishly curved radiator equipped with two high-efficiency electric fans, also uses Ducati’s secondary air system, maintaining performance-optimised fuel mapping for smoother cycle-to-cycle engine operation, without compromising emissions.
The Testastretta 11° engine concept effectively increased user-friendliness by reducing the amount of valve over-lap from around 41° – typical in performance engines that operate constantly at high RPM – to just 11°, which enhanced mid-range and overall smoothness.
The Monster 821 engine features an oil bath, cable-operated APTC clutch with ‘slipper’ function and super-light feel at the lever. Its design uses a progressive self-servo mechanism that presses the plates together when under drive from the engine, enabling the reduction of the clutch spring rates. This results in a much lighter clutch lever at the handlebar, ideal in stop-start traffic or long journeys. When the drive force is reversed (over-run), the same mechanism reduces the pressure on the clutch plates, enabling them to provide a race-like ‘slipper’ action, which reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and provides a much smoother feeling when closing the throttle or down-shifting under normal riding conditions.
The impressive 50-52mm (1.96-2.04in) section exhaust headers lead the 2-1-2 system through power-enhancing equal lengths that help enable the Monster’s efficient power delivery. The engine management system dedicates a lambda probe to each header to provide precise fueling, while the stylish vertically-merged silencers carry the catalytic converter to provide Euro 3 conformity and electronically controlled mid-section valve to optimise exhaust pressures throughout the rev-range.
|Model:||Ducati Monster 821|
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|Engine and transmission|
|Displacement:||821.00 ccm (50.10 cubic inches)|
|Engine type:||V2, four-stroke|
|Engine details:||Testastretta 11° L-Twin|
|Power:||112.00 HP (81.8 kW)) @ 9250 RPM|
|Torque:||89.40 Nm (9.1 kgf-m or 65.9 ft.lbs) @ 7750 RPM|
|Bore x stroke:||88.0 x 67.5 mm (3.5 x 2.7 inches)|
|Valves per cylinder:||4|
|Fuel system:||Injection. 53mm throttle bodies with full Ride by Wire|
|Fuel control:||Desmodromic valve control|
|Clutch:||APTC slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with control cable|
|Emission details:||Euro 3|
|Exhaust system:||Stainless steel muffler and aluminium and cap; lightweight 2-1 system with catalytic converter with 2 lambda probes|
|Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels|
|Frame type:||Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinders head|
|Rake (fork angle):||24.3°|
|Trail:||93 mm (3.7 inches)|
|Front suspension:||43mm upside-down forks|
|Front wheel travel:||130 mm (5.1 inches)|
|Rear suspension:||Progressive linkage with adjustable monoshock. Aluminium double-sided swingarm|
|Rear wheel travel:||140 mm (5.5 inches)|
|Front brakes:||Double disc. Semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo M4-32 callipers, 4-pistons, axiial pump with ABS as standard|
|Front brakes diameter:||320 mm (12.6 inches)|
|Rear brakes:||Single disc. 2-piston floating calliper with ABS as standard equipment|
|Rear brakes diameter:||245 mm (9.6 inches)|
|Wheels:||10-spoke in light alloy|
|Physical measures and capacities|
|Dry weight:||179.5 kg (395.7 pounds)|
|Weight incl. oil, gas, etc:||205.5 kg (453.0 pounds)|
|Power/weight ratio:||0.6240 HP/kg|
|Seat height:||785 mm (30.9 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.|
|Alternate seat height:||810 mm (31.9 inches) If adjustable, highest setting.|
|Overall height:||1,055 mm (41.5 inches)|
|Overall length:||2,170 mm (85.4 inches)|
|Overall width:||800 mm (31.5 inches)|
|Wheelbase:||1,480 mm (58.3 inches)|
|Fuel capacity:||17.50 litres (4.62 gallons)|
|Color options:||Star White Silk, Red|
|Factory warranty:||24 months unlimited mileage|
|Comments:||Three Riding Modes.|