Ducati Monster 796 | First Ride

Best of Both Worlds

By Roland Brown, Photography by Milagro

tech
SPEC
Evolution
An amalgamation of the Monster 696 and 1100, with a hopped-up version of the former's engine and the latter's single-sided swingarm.

Rivals
Aprilia Shiver 750, Kawasaki ER-6n, Suzuki Gladius, Triumph Street Triple, KTM 690 Duke.

Price $9995
Engine type a-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train SOHC, 4v
Displacement 803cc
Bore x stroke 88.0 x 66.0mm
Compression 11.0:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate with slipper
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 87 bhp @ 8250 rpm
Claimed torque 58 lb.-ft. @ 6250 rpm
Frame Steel-trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm
Front suspension 43mm Showa fork
Rear suspension Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo radial four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with optional ABS
Rear brake Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc with optional ABS
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Rake/trail 24.0°/3.4 in.
Seat height 31.5 in.
Wheelbase 57.1 in.
Fuel capacity 4.0 gal.
Claimed dry weight 368 lbs.
Colors White, red or black
Available Now
Warranty 48 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Ducati North America, Inc.
10443 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.253.0499
www.ducatiusa.com

Verdict 4 stars out of 5
More power and style without a lot more coin.

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