2008 Ducati Monster 696 - Bologna's "Beginner Bike" Grows Up

By Alex Hearn, Photography by Milagro

Yes, in this form the desmo V-twin may not stir the blood, but it makes all the right noises and performs with a little effort. The real joy of the 696 is found in its chassis, which could easily cope with extra power-and we know it will, sooner or later. The thought of the Hypermotard 1100 motor snuggled up tight between those skinny frame tubes certainly gets the blood pumping....

Ducati couldn't afford to get the Monster 696 wrong. Lucky for us, it got it very right.

Tech Spec

Evolution
The original 1993 Ducati Monster 900 begat the carburetted M600, which grew into the fuel-injected 620, then the 695 and ultimately the 696.

Rivals
Harley 883 Sportster, Hyosung GT650, Kawasaki Ninja 650R, Suzuki SV650 ... did we forget anyone?

TECH
Price $8775
Engine type a-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train SOHC desmo, 4v
Displacement 696cc
Bore x stroke 88.0 x 57.2mm
Compression 10.6:1
Fuel system Siemens EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 80 bhp @ 9000 rpm
Claimed torque 50.6 lb.-ft. @ 7750 rpm
Frame Steel trellis with aluminum swingarm
Front suspension 43mm Showa inverted fork
Rear suspension Sachs shock, adjustable forspring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo four-piston radialcalipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake Two-piston Brembo caliper,245mm disc
Front tire 120/60ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT56
Rear tire 160/60ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT56
Rake/trail 24.0/4.7 in
Seat height 30.3 in.
Wheelbase 57.2 in.
Fuel capacity 3.8 gal.
Claimed dryweight 355 lbs.
Color Red, black, white
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Warranty 24 mo./unlimited mi.

Contact
Ducati North America
10443 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.343.4400
http://www.ducati.com

Verdict
Forgiving enough to suit outright beginners yet good enough to entertain experienced riders.

By Alex Hearn
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