2017 Ducati Monster 797 Fast Facts, Photos & VideoFollowing a two-year hiatus, the air-cooled, Desmodue 803cc L-twin returns to the iconic Ducati Monster platform that debuted back in 1993.
Meet the Ducati Monster 797, a revamped edition of the Monster 796 that was offered through 2014 before it was replaced by the water-cooled 821 for 2015. This entry-level Monster further solidifies Ducati’s marketing efforts to appeal to a wider demographic–especially those who want to enter the world of Bologna-based Ducati motorcycles under the $10,000 mark.Following are the Ultimate Motorcycling Fast Facts of the youngest in Ducati’s four-bike Monster lineup, which also includes the returning water-cooled 821, the redesigned 1200 & 1200 S, and the 1200 R.[Visit the 2017 Motorcycle Previews page]1. Using an air-cooled Desmodue design that is reminiscent of the original Monster 900, the M797’s engine produces 75 horsepower @ 8250 rpm and 50.8 ft/lbs. of torque @ 5750 rpm. The 803cc L-twin engine, with its 7500-mile service intervals, breaths through a 2-into-1 Euro 4-complaint exhaust system, and is mated to a six-speed transmission. To put this entry-level engine into perspective, the M821 produces 112 horsepower, the M1200 150, and the M1200R 160.2. Unlike the other Monsters, the 797’s frame isn’t just a structural element. It returns to the single-piece Trellis origin from head to tail, and, to keep costs down and heritage alive, the M797 arrives with the triangular double-sided swingarm first introduced on the 2008 Monster 696.3. Keeping costs low, the Monster 797 arrives with a 43mm Kayaba fork with 5.1 inches of travel, and a Sachs shock absorber. The Sachs unit provides 5.9 inches of travel, and features adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.4. In the performance spirit of Ducati, Braking duties are handled by Brembo with Bosch ABS. Up front, the M797 has dual 320mm discs squeezed by Brembo M4.32 four-piston calipers. Out back, a single 245mm disc is squeezed by a single-piston caliper.5. The Monster 797 arrives with LED side lights incorporated into the headlight, LED rear brake light, and LCD instrumentation. The gauge offers speed, rpm, total-distance, two trip meters, engine temperature, a clock, average speed and trip time—but no gear indicator.6. With an MSRP of just over $9,000, the Monster 797 is the third-cheapest priced Ducati in the 2017 lineup. The M797 is available in Red for $9,295, and white for $9,395. The only other cheaper models are the Scrambler Icon at $8,895, and the Scrambler Sixty2 at $7,995. Unfortunately, Ducati didn’t release its Dark Stealth color for the M797. * UPDATE: Ducati says the M797 will now be offered in Dark Stealth (picture added in photo gallery below).With the Ducati Monster 797, Ducati once again appeals to a different market—one where either budgets are tight, or experience is minimal. Where the M821 is the mid-level Monster at a price point of around $11,700, the M797 brings the entry-level family member back, filling the void that was once fulfilled by the Monster 696 and 796.