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2011 Monster 796

The perfect balance between the user-friendly 696 and the powerful 1100, the 2011 Ducati Monster 796 caters to every motorcyclist involved in the naked motorcycle market. The 796, which is the newest offering in the Monster lineup, arrives stock with Marzocchi front suspension and optional ABS.

The latest Monster family member provides a stylish range of lifestyle motorcycles, all available with optional ABS and with high attention to user-friendly detail. The Monster’s cult status as a design icon of hand-built, naked motorcycles remains as authentic as ever.

Ducati calls the Monster 796 the “urban icon of hand-built Italian motorcycles.” And the features and styles of this 368-lbs. middleweight machine prove those words justice.

Monster 796: Middleweight L-Twin Power

The new 796 Desmodue power unit uses fully redesigned crankcases to save an incredible 1.2kg (2.64lb) over the original 696 castings, and are responsible for the major part of the impressive 1.9kg (4.2lb) total saving over the original 696 power unit. The clutch and alternator outer casings of the new engine are finished in carbon grey.

The crankshaft is designed with a lightweight 848-type flywheel and uses a 66mm stroke instead of the 696’s 57.2mm, helping to maximize power to an impressive 87hp (64kW) @ 8250rpm and torque to 58lb-ft (78Nm) @ 6250rpm, 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 803cc 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.

The 2-1-2 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 1mm thick tubing and terminates in the Monster’s signature twin lateral mufflers, stylishly updated with the latest style of heat guards.

An APTC ‘wet’ clutch gives a ‘slipper’ type action that prevents destabilising 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 easy-to-own Monster 796 offers competitive service intervals of 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles).

Monster 796: Chassis / Suspension / Brakes

An immensely strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminum rear sub-frame is the visual and structural backbone of all the Monsters.

Delivering unparalleled rigidity with minimal mass, the frame design is pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity and also enables a very useful 64 degrees of lock-to-lock steering travel.

The brand new lightweight aluminum sub-frame maintains visual continuity with the aluminum footrest hangers and swingarm, and is designed to accept a passenger-friendly grab-rail kit available from Ducati Performance. The kit further enhances passenger ride comfort without compromising the Monster’s stylish lines.

Ducati continued to listen to its passionate Monster owners and used their valuable feed-back in the design of the Monster 796.

The riding position was revised by reducing the 1100’s seat height by a full 10mm (0.4in) to 800mm (31.5in) and the combination of redesigning the seat shape and raising the handlebars by 20mm (0.8in) has improved posture and increased comfort.

Combined with a dry weight of just 167kg (368lb), 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 now handled by user-friendly 43mm Marzocchi 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 optimization.

Twin 320mm 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 245mm 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 optional ABS developed by Ducati and offered as an option on the entire Monster family is the most sophisticated version available in motorcycling. Designed to reduce the risk of wheel-lock under heavy braking or when braking in low grip conditions, the system reads wheel speed data from phonic wheel sensors to detect potential wheel lock.

If the wheel speed differential falls below a specific safety limit, the control unit immediately reduces the brake system pressure to the appropriate caliper to avoid wheel lock.

The pressure reduction on each individual braking circuit is activated by electronically controlled valves, which then close as the wheel speed differential moves away from a locking scenario.

The 17″ wheels are in the five ‘Y-shape’ spoked style and produced in lightweight aluminum to keep the unsprung weight low and 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 1100.

Monster 796: Essential Instrumentation

Looking clean and minimalist in true Monster style, the brightly illuminated display provides all essential data by default, and even 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 neutral selection.

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 Analyser (DDA) system, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance. All Monsters are built ‘system-ready’ for the data acquisition kit, which consists of a special DDA software and memory key that slots into USB style plug under the seat.

The same plug also doubles as the connection for a handy ‘battery maintainer’ available as an accessory from Ducati Performance.

Monster 796: Ideal Controls

The Monster 796 has enhanced comfort and control with 20mm 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.

2011 Ducati Monster 796: Colors

  • Red
  • Artic White Silk
  • Diamond Black Sild

All colors are set 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. Further aesthetic enhancements come from the footrest hangers finished in matte black to match the rear sub-frame and single-sided swingarm, the Ducati logo on the front mudguard and the Tricolore displayed proudly on the single-seat cover and fuel tank. The Monster 796 can be further personalised from a choice of ten additional colour schemes available within the innovative Monster Art program.

The Monster 796 is fitted with the micro-bikini fairing and single seat cover as standard and features a new seat designed with a comfort-enhancing shape, further accentuated with stylish red stitching.

2011 Ducati Monster 796 Price:

  • US MSRP $9,995