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Monster 695

Champing at the bit to replace the aging Monster 620, Ducati will proffer the Monster 695 as an early release 2007 model. The centerpiece of the upgrade is a new 73 hp L-twin desmodromic motor that, according to a Ducati representative, has “the highest output per cubic centimeter of all our Ducati air-cooled engines.”

The 77cc increase in displacement is achieved by increasing the bore by eight millimeters and decreasing the stroke. The result is an increase of 11 hp.

To enhance the boosted output, the Monster 695 will have a slipper clutch. A factory engine performance kit will be available for Ducatisti requiring additional horsepower.

The following is from Ducati describing the new motorcycle…

The Monster 695 is a most unique offering in the world of motorcycles — a motorcycle that is welcoming to novice riders, yet delivers a level of performance that can thrill advanced riders.

Just like the bike, the extensive range of accessories and apparel for the Ducati Monster 695 make every ride a more thrilling experience. Here are a few that are sure to please:

Fairing & seat cover – A colour matched fairing and seat cover add a sporting look to the 695 and also enhance every ride with improved wind protection. Both include all required mounting hardware and make installation simple.

Engine Performance Kit – The 695’s new engine boasts increased horsepower and torque, while also producing a smoother and more fluid power delivery. But even higher power lurks inside the 695 waiting to be released by the Ducati Engine Performance Kit. Termignoni carbon fiber silencers, a dedicated Marelli ECU and high efficiency air filter combine to unleash the 695’s full potential.

The 80’s helmet & jacket – The austere understated black and white themes of the 80’s jacket and helmet, combine with the classic Giugiaro Ducati logo to compliment the new ‘black’ colour palate of the Monster 695. The jacket is constructed of full grain leather by Dainese, the undisputed leader of quality and protection in motorcycle riding gear. The jacket enhances safety with protective inserts that are strategically placed in the elbow and shoulder areas. The 80’s helmet coordinates perfectly with the jacket’s colours and logos. Features like an advanced laminated composite fibre shell and an interior of comfortable hypoallergenic fabric make this helmet a smart safety and style choice.

Monster 695 Technical Information:

The Engine
The engine of the 695 is the most important technical advancement, and much more than an additional 77 cc of displacement might indicate. The new L-Twin delivers new levels of horsepower and torque, but maintains a smooth and fluid power delivery that ensures an exciting performance in all conditions.

The 695’s increase in displacement was achieved with the application of an even more ‘over-square’ design compared to the 620. The enlargement of the cylinder bore from 80mm to 88mm and the reduction in the stroke from 61.5mm to 57.2mm results in a larger combustion chamber which allows the use of larger intake and exhaust valves, as well as 17% lower piston speeds for greater reliability.

The 620’s intake and exhaust valves were 41 mm and 35 mm respectively, while the 695 boasts 43mm and 38mm valves. The larger valves and seats are matched to larger ports with the net result being improved flow capabilities and increased power. Although the valve faces are larger in diameter, the valves remain light thanks to the change to 7mm valve stems, as used in our Testastretta engines, versus the 8mm stems of the 620.

The end result is that the 63 horsepower of the 620 has been increased to 73HP for the 695, the highest output per cubic centimeter of all our Ducati air-cooled engines. Of course there is a significant increase in torque from the already impressive 5.7Kgm of the 620, to an outstanding 6.2Kgm for the 695.

The Monster 695 takes full advantage of the Ducati exclusive Adler Power Torque Clutch, a unique system that makes the 695 even friendlier, safer and more comfortable. It provides an amazingly light clutch pull that is a true benefit especially in urban riding, where frequent stops require frequent clutch use.

Another advantage of the ‘slipper’ clutch, typically found on race bikes, is that it reduces the destabilizing rear wheel "lock-up" or "chatter" phenomenon when downshifting abruptly or inelegantly. It also benefits advanced riders, and racers alike, for the very same reasons.

Exhaust System
The Monster 695’s two traditional aluminium oval silencers are combined with advanced features of a new exhaust system.

A lambda (oxygen) sensor has been employed on the horizontal exhaust manifold, and this, combined with advanced electronic fuel injection, managed by a powerful Magneti Marelli 5AM ECU, guarantees an optimal air/fuel ratio in ever-changing conditions.

Two larger catalytic converters manufactured with more advanced materials are housed inside the two silencers.

The combination of the lambda sensor, the new catalytic converters and advanced electronics allow the 695 to responsibly adhere to the tough new Euro3 emission standards.

Of course standard equipment includes the uniquely beautiful and throaty Ducati exhaust note. The unmistakable sound is music to the ears of Ducatisti – a symphony of internal combustion.

Chassis
The new engine clearly needs to be mated to a similarly advanced frame, and the Monster 695 takes full advantage of the confidence-inspiring road-holding and stability of the unique Ducati trellis frame design. The Trellis frame is light, rigid and beautiful, and distinctively Ducati.

The rider’s environment on the 695 is a perfect mix of sporting character and a confident upright rider position that allows optimal control and comfort. Every Monster 695 rider will feel perfectly at ease thanks to Ducati’s lowest seat height, which is 30 mm lower than all other Monsters.

The Monster 695 sports quality Marzocchi 43 mm inverted forks and a Sachs rear shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.

At the front, the 695 employs a Brembo braking system made up of two 300 mm floating discs, together with floating twin-piston calipers. The single 245 mm rear disc sports a fixed twin-piston Brembo caliper.

Instrument Panel
As on every model in the Monster family, the electronic dash is multi-functional, allowing the rider to switch to either the oil temperature or clock readout even while riding.

It is also possible to dim the instrument’s illumination should they be too intense during night riding.

The odometer and trip meter readings are indicated on a LCD. An anti-theft system is standard equipment, and its status is displayed on the instrument panel.

Paint and Finish
The Monster 695 introduces new graphics and appealing new colour treatments in line with its increased performance.

The trellis frame and engine area has a new ‘clean’ and uncluttered look, as electrical wires and connectors have been hidden, and the need for numerous wire ties has been eliminated. What’s left is the simple elegance of the trellis frame surrounding the potent new 695 engine.

Three different colour schemes are available with the 695:

1. Traditional Ducati Red, with red frame and black wheels
2. Aggressive Glossy Black, with red frame and black wheels
3. Distinctive Matte Black, with matte black frame and black wheels

At the front end of the bike, the upper and lower fork crowns, along with the lower fork caliper mounts, disc carriers and headlamp support, formerly raw aluminium in color, are now matte black. The high performance theme is further extended to the rear of the bike with a black swingarm and footpeg brackets. Both engine and clutch cases are also now black, a classic racer ‘look’ just recently reintroduced on the Sport Classic series. The black theme is finally harmonized with matte black wheels to complete this new Monster’s attitude.

New graphics include a subtle colour change to the Ducati logo on the fuel tank with the subdued silver of the 620 now realized in a bolder pure white for the 695. The side covers have the word ‘Monster’ in a much larger font, followed by an even more dominating ‘695′ to boldly proclaim the bike’s new found status. Also new is the application of the Italian "tricolore", a flash of red, white and green at the back of each side cover, to proudly announce the 695’s national heritage.

Maintenance
Ongoing investment in the Ducati factory’s processes, machinery and training has reaped significant and quantifiable improvements in component reliability on every Ducati motorcycle. As a result, every new Monster 695 owner benefits from an extended, less frequent scheduled maintenance program, which does not call for the first complete service until 12,000 Km (7,500 miles).


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