The Ducati Monster began with Miguel Angel Galluzzi, a designer who wanted to create a motorcycle that was just that – all motorcycle and nothing more. In the early 1990s, most bikes were either offroad bare machines focused on power or street bikes with lots of decorative and aerodynamic fairings and plastic. Galluzzi wanted to make a naked bike – one that espoused the bare look of off roaders but in a street-ready motorcycle. Ducati introduced his Monster in 1993.
Since then, the line has improved and seen competition from other makers intent on the same market of buyers. Naked bike buyers are usually riding enthusiasts who want a motorcycle for its own sake and prefer the bare bones, no-nonsense look of the naked bike. Naked bikes are noted for their fun ride, powerful appeal, and simple industrial aesthetics.
The 2011 Ducati Monster comes in three flavors: the 696, the 796, and the 1100, with the numbers denoting displacement in cubic centimeters. The base line 696 is a capable beginner to advanced rider's machine with plenty of power and riding appeal. It comes well outfitted with a balance of strength, aesthetics, and safety. Ducati is known for style and power and the Monster definitely follows that tradition.