Ducati Monster 821 Dark

We found the third-generation Ducati Monster 1200S to be a comfortable but quite capable sport bike during our First Ride. But what if you love the new bike's brawny looks but don't think you'll need the full 1200cc V-twin? At first blush, we'd say you might be crazy, but Ducati is looking out for you with the latest addition to its lineup – the Monster 821.

The Monster 821 sits a rung down the ladder from the 1200 and 1200S with similar looks but a water-cooled, 821-cubic-centimeter Testastretta 11° V-twin engine providing the power. Still, it's a potent enough mill with 112 horsepower and 65.9 pound-feet of torque, compared to 145 hp and 92 lb-ft from its big brother.

The Monster 821 gets a lot of the tech upgrades from the 1200S as well, including an adjustable seat height, eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level Ride-by-Wire throttle control. With a dry weight of 395.7 pounds, it tips the scales at a little less than its 401-pound sibling. One difference between them is that the bigger Monster uses a single-sided swingarm rear suspension, while the 821 has a simpler and less-costly double-sided design.

The latest Monster is slated to go on sale in July for $10,995 for the 821 Dark and $11,495 for the standard version. The Dark (pictured above) gets a Dark Stealth body, black frame and black wheels, and The regular 821 comes in red with a red trellis frame and black wheels or white with a red frame and red wheels. Scroll down to read about the latest creation from Ducati.
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Ducati announces the brand new Monster 821

Brand new Monster 821 powered by 112hp water-cooled 821cc Testastretta 11°
Available also in Dark version, Monster 821 ready for delivery July 2014
First images of the iconic new naked model underline Ducati's Bologna roots


Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 28 May, 2014 – Ducati announces the brand new Monster 821, a mid-size entry for the third generation of the iconic naked model and the latest chapter in the Bologna-built motorcycle's famous story. Underlining Ducati's strong association to the Bologna region, the company has chosen to release the first images of the new model portrayed in typical Bolognese ambience.

Following the successful unveiling of the new generation Monster 1200 at the Milan International Motorcycle show in November, Ducati now introduces the Monster 821, a mid-size version of the exciting new model and the latest entry to the world of Monster.

Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the essential new model maintains its stylish character using the new chassis and muscular styling of the Monster 1200, designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati's latest technologies.

Powered by the latest edition of Ducati's highly successful 821 Testastretta 11° engine, the highly accessible new Monster combines 112hp and 65.9ft-lb of torque with an impressively lightweight 179.5kg – 395.7lb (dry weight) 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 in Ducati Dealerships from July 2014 onwards, 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 brand new 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.