Motorcycle Racing News 2015 Ducati Monster 821 Specs | A Mid-Size Il Mostro

2015 Ducati Monster 821 Specs | A Mid-Size Il Mostro

2015 Ducati Monster 821 Specs

When Miguel Angel Galluzzi first approached Ducati with some sketches of the Monster, the Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer considered the design a risk.

But Galluzzi persisted, and Ducati finally approved. And when the debut Monster (M900) was unveiled for the 1993 model year, the naked motorcycle that exposed its trellis frame was an immediate favorite.

The bike helped birth many new “Ducatisti,” and also saved Ducati from financial turmoil while under the Cagiva Group (1985-1996).

The Monster went through a few iterations, including the M400, M600, M750, S4R, S2R, and the US-based models that have been offered since 2010 – the 696, 796 and 1100. Through the early part of 2014, over 290,000 Monsters were sold, making it Ducati’s best-ever seller.

Things are changing in the world of Il Mostro; Ducati revamped its top seller for its 21st birthday, releasing the Monster 1200 and 1200 S. The major differences between the 1200 and the 2013 1100EVO? The new 1200s arrive with the same Testastretta 11-degree Dual-Spark engine offered in the Diavel and Multistrada, and, like the Panigale 1199, the engine is a fully-stressed member of the trellis frame.

It was only a matter of time before Ducati offered a smaller version, and this arrived last month with the 2015 Monster 821. What Ducati did was take the base-model 1200’s chassis, and stuff it with the 112-horsepower 821cc Testastretta 11-degree engine transplanted from the Hypermotard line.

And to remain competitive in the world of nakeds, the Monster 821 features 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.

The bike arrives with a Sachs inverted fork and mono shock, a dry-weight of 395.7 lbs., a Sachs, and, helping to keep the price lower, a dual-sided swing arm – a cost philosophy learned from Panigale 1199/899 models.

The smaller version will likely attract loads of future Ducatisti due to its starting MSRP of $10,995 (likely the Dark Price) – $2,500 cheaper than the base 1200, $5,000 cheaper than the 1200S.

The 2015 Ducati Monster will be available in July 2014 in Ducati Red or Star White Silk; both models feature color-matched rear seat covers. Ducati will also offer a Monster 821 Dark that features Dark Stealth black paint with a black frame and black wheels. Following are the full specs of Ducati’s latest Monster.

2015 Ducati Monster 821 Specs:


  • Type: Testastretta 11°, 4-valve-per-cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
  • Displacement: 821cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 88 x 67.5mm
  • Compression Ratio: 12.8:1
  • Power: 112hp (82.4kW) @ 9250rpm
  • Torque: 65.9lb-ft (89.4 Nm) @ 7750rpm
  • Fuel Injection: Continental electronic fuel injection, 53mm Mikuni throttle bodies with full ride-by-wire
  • Exhaust: Stainless steel muffler and aluminum and cap; lightweight 2-1 system with catalytic converter with 2 lambda probes
  • Emissions: Euro 3


  • Gearbox: 6 speed
  • Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24
  • Primary Drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1
  • Final Drive: Chain, Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 46
  • Clutch: APTC slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with control cable


  • Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinder head
  • Wheelbase: 1480mm (58,3in)
  • Rake: 24.3°
  • Trail: 93.2mm (3.7 in)
  • Total Steering Lock: 60°
  • Front Suspension: upside down non-adjustable 43mm forks
  • Front-Wheel Travel: 130mm (5.1in)
  • Front Wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50×17
  • Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
  • Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs rear shock with progressive linkage. Double- sided aluminum swingarm
  • Rear-Wheel Travel: 140mm (5.5in)
  • Rear Wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 5,50×17
  • Rear Tire: 180/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
  • Front Brake: 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially attached Brembo M4.32 Monobloc 4-piston calipers, radial pump with ABS as standard equipment
  • Rear Brake: 245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with ABS as standard equipment
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.5l – 4.6 gallon (US)
  • Dry Weight: 179.5 kg (395.7 lb)
  • Wet Weight: 205.5 kg (453 lb)
  • Seat Height: Fully adjustable: 785 – 810 mm (30.9 – 31.9 in)
  • Max Height: 1061mm (brake reservoir)
  • Max Width: 867mm (mirrors)
  • Max Length: 2154mm
  • Instrumentation: LCD
  • Ducati Electronics: Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (ABS + DTC), RbW
  • Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage
  • Versions: Dual seat
  • Standard Equipment: passenger seat cover (not in the Dark version), passenger grab handles. Compatible with anti-theft system and DDA

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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