Ducati Monster 821 Preview – Specs, Photos, First Look
“Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the essential new model maintains its stylish character using the new chassis and muscular styling of the Monster 1200, designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies,” Ducati says.The new Ducati Monster 821 arrives with the water-cooled 821cc Testastretta 11-degree engine – transplanted from he Hypermotard line – that produces 112 horsepower and 65.9 ft/lbs of torque.And like the Hypermotard lineup, the Monster 821 receives the latest in Ducati electronics, including an eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level Ride-by-Wire all incorporated into the press-button Riding Modes.Following the same design philosophy it has with the 1199/899 relationship, the younger Monster, which weighs 395.7 lbs dry, arrives with a double-sided swingarm and “premium” suspension, which looks like a Sachs inverted fork and monoshock.The Ducati Monster 821 will feature similar ergonomics as the Monster 1200, and arrive with an adjustable seat height. As for colors, the 821 will be available in Ducati Red with a red frame and black wheels; Star White Silk with a red frame and matte red wheels; or a Dark version, which will arrive in Dark Stealth with a black frame and black wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with color-matched single-seat covers.Ducati is expected to release additional information shortly, including an MSRP.UPDATE: Ducati says the MSRP will be $10,995, and it will be available in August.The Ducati Monster – designed by Miguel Galluzzi – arrived on the scene in 1993, and not only broke styling boundaries, but also saved Ducati from financial turmoil. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for full details once they are released on this latest version of the Monster.