The Ducati Monster 821 personifies every bit of advancement motorcycles have seen in the last two decades. This edition has an output of 112 break horse power is significantly improved from that of the M900. In actuality this bike is a sleeker version of the recent Monster 1200 thanks in no small part to the smaller 821cc engine seen in the Hypermotard that was introduced last year. The 821cc engine is much more responsive than the older versions at both low and high revs.
Aside from a new clutch that allows for the easing of down-shifts – The dohc, liquid-cooled V-twin is identical from a mechanical standpoint. The airbox is larger, and a retooled exhaust system gives the Monster 821 a small performance boost. Of equal importance is that the exhaust utilizes a valve that allows the Monster 821 to pass all emissions tests despite the bravura V-twin exhaust bark that’s comparable to the 1200’s.
The comparisons to the 1200 don’t stop there. The Ducati Monster 821 could pass off as its twin brother despite the omission of the flagship colorful HUD in the digital instrument panel. The Urban mode is very unobtrusive and maintains a smooth ride no matter what the traffic patterns may be. The burning of the fuel allows for a steady, smooth acceleration. The speed tops off at around 140 mph, thanks in part to the lack of wind protection.
The 821 and 1200 share most of the same features in its chassis. The tubular steel frame is similar, but the 821 has a shorter, dual-sided swing-arm as opposed to the single-sided one found in the 1200. The wheelbase aids have been reduced add that to a slightly lighter weight and narrower rear tire “ we get improved maneuverability for the 821.
Riders may be happy to know that the upright, wide-handlebarred riding position is the same. The Ducati Monster 821 is a stable, agile bike that rides pleasantly. The suspension isn’t complex, but the quality of the handle and the ride itself is good. The braking (featuring Brembo Manobloc) is outstanding.
Overall, the Ducati Monster 821’s mix of style, utility, performance, and agility makes for a very attractive bike. This bike is reminiscent of the recently released 899 Panigale sports bike and offers most of the perks of riding a bike with a larger engine at a great and affordable price.
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