Ducati's 2017 Monster 797 fits the perfect mold of a friendly, approachable, suitable bike for a beginner rider, thanks in part to its ergonomics, power, maneuverable size, and simplicity. Stemming from a long lineage of naked bikes that began with the Monster M900 in 1993, the 797 rounds out the Monster family, which also includes the new middleweight 821 and heralded 1200.

The Monster 797 uses the same 803cc, 90-degree V-twin engine found in the Scrambler Icon, and it growls with the same desmo-induced fury as the rest of the Italian marque's steeds. Its stance is low and aggressive, and the bars are flat and wide. A tubular trellis-style frame is exposed underneath the fuel tank pillaged from the Monster 1200.

The Ducati Monster 797 is the perfect around-town bike for me, with a 31.7-inch seat height, plenty of power for day-to-day use, light weight, and easy handling.

There’s no denying the 2017 Monster 797 draws from the long lineage of Monsters.Julia LaPalme
The 797’s short wheelbase and eager 803cc engine make it snappy on twisty roads.Julia LaPalme
Poised and ready to goJulia LaPalme
The Sachs shock is adjustable for preload and rebound damping.Julia LaPalme
Dual Brembo four-piston brakes grip 320mm discs up front to bring the Monster 797 to a stop confidently.Julia LaPalme
The Monster feels light and compact, and carries its 425 pounds (claimed, wet) low enough to be stable even at low speeds.Julia LaPalme
The Monster 797’s exhaust has been sound-engineered to retain an appealing L-twin purr, while still complying with Euro 4 standards. Likely the first part to be upgraded by Ducatisti.Julia LaPalme
The Bosch ABS system is standard equipment.Julia LaPalme
The latch that holds the tank on is a stylish touch.Julia LaPalme
A borrowed headlight from the Monster 1200Julia LaPalme
An easy-to-read LCD gauge is Ducati Multimedia System-ready.Julia LaPalme
I’m a big fan of the Monster 797, and jumped at the chance to take it for a spin.Julia LaPalme
The Monster 797 is available in Ducati Red, as well as Star White Silk (pictured) and Dark Stealth.Julia LaPalme