Ducati Monster 796
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Introduction: The Ducati Monster 796
The Monster family introduces the 796, an exciting
addition to the line-up that combines the user-friendliness of the 696 with the
sports character of the 1100.
Delivering 87 hp (64kW), a dry weight of just 167 kg
(368lb) and optional ABS, the stylish new Monster 796 returns the magic of
mid-range to the Monster family.
With the brand new Desmodue 796 engine at the heart of the machine, a
single-sided swingarm and revised ergonomics, the Monster 796 perfectly balances
lifestyle performance with everyday functionality to enhance the original
Dressed in Ducati Red, Arctic White Silk or Diamond Black Silk with a bright red
trellis frame, the Monster 796 can be further personalized with an additional 10
color schemes from the innovative Monster Art program, which features the
latest collection, ‘Logomania’.
Launched as an early 2011 model year, the Monster 796 opens a new road to
the world of Ducati Monster and becomes the ‘urban icon’ of hand-built Italian
Monster 796 Specs
Ducati have continued to listen to its passionate Monster owners and used their
valuable feed-back in the design of the new Monster 796.
The riding position has
been revised by reducing the Monster 1100’s seat height by a full 10 mm (0.4 in) to 800 mm
(31.5 in) and the combination of redesigning the seat shape and raising the
handlebars by 20 mm (0.8 in) has improved posture and increased comfort.
with a dry weight of just 167 kg (368 lb), thanks to its new lightweight engine,
and the option of being equipped with ABS, the new naked inspires confidence to
make life simpler in the city.
Suspension up front is handled by user-friendly 43 mm Showa forks, while the
sporty Ducati single-sided rear swingarm is controlled by a single rear Sachs
unit, with adjustable spring preload and return damping for passenger load
In pure Monster style, the entire chassis set-up is unified into a sturdy, great
handling package by a bright red trellis frame. Lightweight and with incredible
torsional stiffness, the large diameter tube construction flows into the cast
aluminum rear sub-frame which matches the matte black rear swingarm and
Twin 320 mm semi-floating discs are gripped by radially mounted 4-piston Brembo
calipers to provide powerful and progressive front-end braking with
rider-friendly ‘feeling’, while the rear is equipped with a 245 mm disc and
2-piston caliper, also by Brembo.
The Monster 796 offers the added option of
ABS to further underline the model’s focus on ease of use and everyday security.
The 17” wheels are in the five ‘Y-shape’ spoked style and produced in
lightweight aluminum to keep the unsprung weight low while keeping the handling, braking and
acceleration performances high.
To differentiate the 796, the wheels sport a
stylish pin-stripe for 60° of the circumference of the rim which creates a full
circle of red when in motion. They roll on the same 180/55 rear and 120/70
Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires enjoyed on the Monster 1100.
The brand new 796 Desmodue power unit uses fully redesigned crankcases to save
an incredible 1.2 kg (2.64 lb) over the Monster 696 engine castings and are responsible for the
major part of the impressive 1.9 kg (4.2 lb) total weight saving over the 696 power unit. The clutch and alternator outer casings of the new engine are finished in carbon
The crankshaft is designed with a lightweight 848-type flywheel and uses a 66 mm
stroke instead of the 696’s 57.2 mm, helping to maximize power to an impressive
87 hp (64 kW) @ 8250 rpm and torque to 58 lb-ft (78 Nm) @ 6250 rpm while maintaining
the smooth and enjoyable character, famous of all Desmodromic L-Twins. An oil
cooler is fitted to protect power delivery by maintaining optimum efficiency.
The 803 cc swept volume is compressed to a ratio of 11:1 – compared to the 696’s
10.7:1 – then injected and ignited by Siemens controlled electronics.
catalytic exhaust system uses twin lambda probes and regulating valve to provide
finer fuel mapping and Euro 3 conformity. The system’s lightweight and compact
design is achieved by using 1 mm thick tubing and terminates in the Monster’s
signature twin lateral mufflers, stylishly updated with the latest style of heat
An APTC ‘wet’ clutch gives a ‘slipper’ type action that prevents destabilizing
of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and also gives the extra benefit
of a super-light feel at the lever, a great benefit in stop-start city traffic. The oil-bath clutch represents a power-enhancing weight reduction over the ‘dry’
system as well as having a quieter operation and requiring less maintenance.
The new easy-to-own Monster 796 offers competitive service intervals of 12,000
kilometers (7,500 miles).
The Monster 796 has enhanced comfort and control with 20 mm higher bar-risers
gripping sturdy tapered section aluminum handlebars.
Integral type Brembo master cylinders are used for both the clutch and brake
systems and maintain a clean handlebar arrangement for the rider. They are
fitted with user-friendly 4-point adjustable levers that provide easy-to-reach
control for all hand sizes and the APTC clutch offers a super-light lever action
ideal for use in the city.
Looking clean and minimalist in true Monster style, the bright white illuminated
display provides all essential data by default, and far more by scrolling with
the left-hand switchgear.
Data includes speed, revs, time, scheduled
maintenance, oil temperature and battery voltage, while warning lights
illuminate for oil pressure, fuel reserve, turn indicators, high beam and
In addition, the instruments present a reserve fuel trip, immobilizer status and automatic light-off function after 60 seconds with the
key on as well as a memory to store lap times recorded by using the high-beam
flash button as a stopwatch.
The display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of the Ducati
Data Analyzer (DDA) system, which is available as an accessory from Ducati
The Monster 796 has been built ‘system-ready’ for the data
acquisition kit, which consists of a special DDA software and memory key that
slots into a USB style plug under the seat. The same plug also doubles as the
connection for a handy new ‘battery maintainer’ available as an accessory from
New Monster, New Features
While the Monster 796 is fitted with the micro-bikini fairing and single seat
cover as standard, it also features a new seat designed with a comfort-enhancing
shape, further accentuated with stylish red stitching. Furthermore, the rear
sub-frame has been constructed ready to accept new accessory grab-handles
designed to provide a confidence-inspiring grip for the passenger, while
blending into the natural line of the rear-end.
Monster 796 in 13 Colors
The new Monster 796 comes in traditional Ducati Red, new Arctic White Silk or
Diamond Black Silk with all three colors against a red trellis frame and black
wheels, which feature a new red flash around 60° of the rim side, creating a red
stripe at speed.
Monster Art extends the 3 standard colors to 13 with the new
collection, ‘Logomania’. Further aesthetic enhancements come from the footrest
hangers finished in matte black to match the rear sub-frame and single-sided swingarm, new Ducati logo on the front mudguard and the
proudly on the single-seat cover and fuel tank.
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