2011 Ducati Monster Review


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.

New For 2011

  • New Monster 1100 EVO model available that emphasizes engine power (at 1100-cc) for the signature Ducati naked bike line
  • Twin Desmodromic valve control and combustion chamber tuning added to improve performance and reduce vibration while lowering emissions
  • Ducati Safety Pack with anti-lock brakes and dynamic traction control (DTC) for improved safety performance in all riding conditions.
  • Modified the Ducati Monster's handlebar lift, foot controls, and saddle contour to sit the rider slightly more upright and improve ergonomics while retaining the signature Ducati sport handling and seating position.
  • Upgraded exhaust system to meet new Euro and USA standards for emissions controls.
  • New six-speed transmission with straight cut gearing and APTC slipper clutch for smoother, faster gear shifting and more robust performance

2011 Ducati Monster Specs

  • Model: Monster 696
  • Engine Type: two-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.5 x 2.3 inches
  • Compression ratio: 10.7:1
  • Valve Train: Desmodromic valve control, Siemens injection
  • Induction: Air
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain, 15:45
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.96 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Double disc, 12.6 inches
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc, 9.6 inches
  • Suspension (Front): Marzocchi upside-down forks
  • Suspension (Rear): Progressive linkage with Sachs adjustable monoshock
  • Wheelbase: 57.1 inches
  • Rake: 24 degrees
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 30.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: N/A
  • Tires (Front): 120/60 17-inch
  • Tires (Rear): 160/60 17-inch


  • Black leather Ducati Monster slim rider jacket, Made in Italy, with logos applied in grey and embroidered in matte gold. 20th anniversary edition available in spring 2013. Both men's and women's available
  • Ducati logo embossed black leather riding pants in two styles
  • Monster logo embroidered canvas backpack
  • Side-mounted helmet lock available for helmet storage while parked
  • Heavy canvas, tarpaulin, or quilted canvas protective covers for all-weather protection indoors and out
  • Over-seat rain umbrella to keep the seat dry when parked in the rain

Key Competitors For The 2011 Ducati Monster

  • Triumph Speed Triple
  • BMW F800 R
  • Yamaha FZ8
  • Benelli TNT
  • Augusta Brutale