First Impressions: Reader Shekhar Singh Shares His Ducati 795 Experience With Us

| March 23, 2012 | 36 Comments

Our regular reader, follower and a sometime, makedo photographer Shekhar Singh has been daydreaming about riding a Ducati 795 for some time. Our man has been going weak in the knees at the very mention of the new machine. Recently, he realized his wet dream when he got a chance to  ride the tasty motorbike. He spent some quality time with the cut-price Monster 795 in Mumbai. Here on, this story will talk about what Shekhar feels about this piece of art.
Ducati 795 review
Not long back, Ducati decided to spoil our country silly and introduced the 795 Monster at a price that left many bouncing with excitement. On sale at a price of about INR 6 lakhs, the 795 is an easy way to get into the Ducati family. Someone who knows his bikes will surely pick a 795 over the lesser imported bikes on offer. Basically, this mid-range street bike is a hybrid of two models. The 795 is an amalgam of 796’s power in a body of 696, what with 795 coming with an engine of 796 and a chassis of 696. The fact that both the 796 and 696 are more expensive than 795 makes the deal even sweeter.

Looks

Ducati 795 reviewLike with every Ducati bike, the beauty of 795 lies in the red paint and the Trellis frame. Combine this with an upswept exhaust, inverted front forks, muscular tank and brake discs the size of rims of an Indian bike and there is no denying that the money and the popularity this bike commands is well justified. This bike has not the fairing as seen on those ‘wannabe litre class’ 600s but the round headlamp goes on well with that very macho and monstrous image of the Monster. While the handle bar does not threatens to touch the ground and isn’t the low set clip ons of a race bike, it isn’t the BSA cycles kind of handlebar seen on the Karizma either. The stylish tail piece, twin end cans on either end of the bike and the fat rear tyre will let the road users know that a no ordinary bike passed them when you overtake them on the street.

Ergonomics

Ducati 795 review

For someone who rides his R15 and our friend Yatharth’s Pulsar 220 on a regular basis, this 167 kg Monster (pun intended) surely feels a tad on the heavier side. However, 167kgs from a bike displacing 803cc is not at all on the heavier side. It took me merely 5-8 kms to get used to the bulk under my legs. The handlebar again comes into mention as it is very much unlike those low set clip ons on the faired bikes and are not positioned low enough for you to get intimate with the tank. The seat is very supportive and holds you in your place even when going into the corners. The bike comes with a retro styled hexagonal speedo console that is an all digital affair. While the readout looks cool, slightly bigger fonts would have helped.

Engine

Ducati 795 review

The Ducati Monster 795 comes with a 803cc L-V Twin engine that pumps out a healthy 87 horses. As I mentioned earlier, this mill is borrowed from the bigger and costlier Ducati 796 and this motor alone lets the rider know that he astride some serious machinery. The engine is smooth in nature and hardly lets you know of the eagerness of all those horses on their duty. The only noise you can hear is that of the wind and that lovely exhaust note. The bike has a 6 speed gearbox and the motor and the box are so well mated that it feels like it is a marriage made in heaven. All that power and the creamy torque is very flexible and I remember the bike being in third gear when I saw 130 kmph on speedo and 3500 RPM on the rev counter. This goes on to say about what a mile muncher this bike can be on our highways.

Ride , Handling & Braking

Ducati 795 review

The bike comes with 120/60 (front) and 160/60 (rear) tires on 17 inch wheels and these feel pretty adequate for the bike. The tires are from Pirelli and stick to road pretty well. The tires also help a fair bit in giving this bike some serious braking capabilities. Talking about the brakes, the Ducati Monster 795 comes with twin disc set up front and a single disc at the rear. The anchors on the bike are courtesy Brembo and they can bring the bike to a standstill from high triple digit speeds the very moment you press the brake levers. Talking about the handling, before I begin singing songs of praise about this bike, I might add that I never pushed the bike hard owing to it not belonging to me. That said, the bike, as said, stick to the tarmac and moderate leans are something that the bike can have for breakfast. The ride quality from a bike like this was not expected to be anything like that of the Karizma but the bike again impresses by taking most of the average sized craters in its stride without a problem.

Overall

Ducati 795 review

A good amount of the day I spent on this red hot Italian beauty passed by in what seemed to be like a matter of 5 minutes. The Monster 795 is a logical bike and is much easier to tame on our roads than those 600cc faired bikes. At a price of INR 6 lakhs, the bike is on the top of my wish list and appears to be as a much more interesting proposition than say…a Honda City. After riding the most affordable Ducati on sale, I can proudly say that the marquee deserves all the love I have for it. Those few hours on the 795 will be one of the most well spent of my life. This bike felt more practical yet more powerful and eager than the Korean GT650R I recently rode and it is no surprise that the 795 has gained all that popularity in India in no time at all. Now, my next wish- A date with the sizzling hot 1098. Stay tuned guys.

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Dyed-in-the-wool motoring enthusiast and internationally published writer. Been around for a bit to be clued in about the latest happenings in the world of crankshafts and pistons. Movie buff, Steve Jobs worshiper, wanderer and philosopher who loves his scotch. Follow Amit on Twitter @amitchhangani for the freshest auto news, opinions and other random ramblings

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  1. gud going boy…enjoy riding….keep posting.

  2. gud going boy…enjoy riding….keep posting.

  3. Anshu Mehta says:

    wowww bro nt bad…..
    all d best 4 evrythng u do in your lyf :)

  4. Anshu Mehta says:

    wowww bro nt bad…..
    all d best 4 evrythng u do in your lyf :)

  5. Why do I get a feeling that this guy is biased towards naked bikes without riding any faired 600cc bikes and dishing those 600cc faired bikes unnecessarily. Even I like naked bikes and am a big fan of the old Monster S4RS. Ducati has lost it when it comes to styling. The headlight looks as if someone smashed it from the front.

  6. Why do I get a feeling that this guy is biased towards naked bikes without riding any faired 600cc bikes and dishing those 600cc faired bikes unnecessarily. Even I like naked bikes and am a big fan of the old Monster S4RS. Ducati has lost it when it comes to styling. The headlight looks as if someone smashed it from the front.

  7. Dear Sir,
    Firstly, let us appreciate the fact that one of our readers decided to make a contribution on this website. Afterall, this lil site belongs to all of you. Secondly, he himself talks about having ridden a GT650R- a faired bike. Now, when it comes to styling, it all is matter of personal taste. While you like the old Monster, there might be many like me who do not like these naked bikes at all.

    Regards.

  8. Dear Sir,
    Firstly, let us appreciate the fact that one of our readers decided to make a contribution on this website. Afterall, this lil site belongs to all of you. Secondly, he himself talks about having ridden a GT650R- a faired bike. Now, when it comes to styling, it all is matter of personal taste. While you like the old Monster, there might be many like me who do not like these naked bikes at all.

    Regards.

  9. Yatharth S. Chauhan No one is discounting his contribution. Does riding one faired bike give you a right to dish all other faired bikes? I agree with you on styling. Frankly speaking this review comes across as a very biased review which is not what we (i.e the readers) want. Shekhar Singh might take it as constructive criticism if he wants to continue and wants to improve as a Auto journalist or let it go, his choice.

  10. Yatharth S. Chauhan No one is discounting his contribution. Does riding one faired bike give you a right to dish all other faired bikes? I agree with you on styling. Frankly speaking this review comes across as a very biased review which is not what we (i.e the readers) want. Shekhar Singh might take it as constructive criticism if he wants to continue and wants to improve as a Auto journalist or let it go, his choice.

  11. Sneha Singh says:

    Great…:)

  12. Sneha Singh says:

    Great…:)

  13. Ayush Singh says:

    Shekhar Singh Gud Going bro….. Speed up more &&& Ride as usual.,,, :)

  14. Ayush Singh says:

    Shekhar Singh Gud Going bro….. Speed up more &&& Ride as usual.,,, :)

  15. Boss, let us leave his views with him. I cent percent agree with you on the point of taking your criticsm as constructive. Basically, we are accessible and open to all our readers and as you might have observed, we are gradually getting quite regular with our reader's reviews of bikes & cars. I would like you to look at whatever good points you see in this review and don't pay much attention to the bad part. I value your feedback and thank you for coming up with what you feel about this article. I hope that our friend here will make a mental note of all the criticism you have to offer and come up with a better piece next time. After all, we all here get to learn a new thing everyday. No?

  16. Boss, let us leave his views with him. I cent percent agree with you on the point of taking your criticsm as constructive. Basically, we are accessible and open to all our readers and as you might have observed, we are gradually getting quite regular with our reader's reviews of bikes & cars. I would like you to look at whatever good points you see in this review and don't pay much attention to the bad part. I value your feedback and thank you for coming up with what you feel about this article. I hope that our friend here will make a mental note of all the criticism you have to offer and come up with a better piece next time. After all, we all here get to learn a new thing everyday. No?

  17. Nitin Yadav says:

    it's nice & awesome…. budy

  18. Nitin Yadav says:

    it's nice & awesome…. budy

  19. Yatharth S. Chauhan . Best of luck with whatever you are doing. Best advice I have received so far "Dont pay much attention to the bad part", Huh I guess I will have to stop reading such reviews. BTW if he wanted to keep his views with himself why did he write this review? I always thought you wrote when you wanted to share your views and get feedback especially on social network. Buddy don't you think you are contradicting yourself when you say that? Should feedback only concentrate on the good part and neglect bad parts cause IMHO it is the bad part which needs improvement, isn't it? Selecting articles from readers is good but then shouldn't the team at Motoroids be guiding them and instructing them properly rather than covering their mistakes?

  20. Yatharth S. Chauhan . Best of luck with whatever you are doing. Best advice I have received so far "Dont pay much attention to the bad part", Huh I guess I will have to stop reading such reviews. BTW if he wanted to keep his views with himself why did he write this review? I always thought you wrote when you wanted to share your views and get feedback especially on social network. Buddy don't you think you are contradicting yourself when you say that? Should feedback only concentrate on the good part and neglect bad parts cause IMHO it is the bad part which needs improvement, isn't it? Selecting articles from readers is good but then shouldn't the team at Motoroids be guiding them and instructing them properly rather than covering their mistakes?

  21. Jaideep Suri says:

    gr8……

  22. Jaideep Suri says:

    gr8……

  23. We surely are selective about what we post here and let me ensure you that many of the reviews we get do not end up here on the site. I agree with everything you have to say here and yes, bad part surely needs to be improved. And I do not think our friend here wanted to keep the views himself. Rather, he wanted to let us all know about his rendezvous with the nice bike. I never wanted you or anyone to appreciate the good part and ignore the bad things. All my quoted comment meant was that you have let your lack of satisfaction with the author be known and let us not further show our displeasure with the review. Your feedback has made me shoot a mail to Shekhar and I have clearly mentioned about the feedback we are getting over here. I am sure that he will pay some attention to what you have to say. Coming to being biased, firstly, if you will not, the author has NOT mentioned about him being a fanboy of the Monster. Instead, his dream bike is a 1098 which is not a naked. Comparisons with similarly specced bike comes as a bit natural and without further advocating the things written, I would ask you to feel that the criticsm and feedback has been noted and we are working on it

  24. We surely are selective about what we post here and let me ensure you that many of the reviews we get do not end up here on the site. I agree with everything you have to say here and yes, bad part surely needs to be improved. And I do not think our friend here wanted to keep the views himself. Rather, he wanted to let us all know about his rendezvous with the nice bike. I never wanted you or anyone to appreciate the good part and ignore the bad things. All my quoted comment meant was that you have let your lack of satisfaction with the author be known and let us not further show our displeasure with the review. Your feedback has made me shoot a mail to Shekhar and I have clearly mentioned about the feedback we are getting over here. I am sure that he will pay some attention to what you have to say. Coming to being biased, firstly, if you will not, the author has NOT mentioned about him being a fanboy of the Monster. Instead, his dream bike is a 1098 which is not a naked. Comparisons with similarly specced bike comes as a bit natural and without further advocating the things written, I would ask you to feel that the criticsm and feedback has been noted and we are working on it

  25. Karan Nanda says:

    looking great………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  26. Karan Nanda says:

    looking great………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  27. Yatharth S. Chauhan Ok I am out of this. Thanks and All the best to you and to Shekhar Singh.

  28. Yatharth S. Chauhan Ok I am out of this. Thanks and All the best to you and to Shekhar Singh.

  29. Sanket J. Kawli thankful of the wishes but I really do not want any of our readers feel offended. We value each and every line of feedback we get from you guys and while it is nice to see you wanting us to get better, we still feel that this matter should had been closed the moment we acknowledged that your criticism is very valid.

    Looking forward to your continued support and wishing us to get better.

    Regards

  30. Sanket J. Kawli thankful of the wishes but I really do not want any of our readers feel offended. We value each and every line of feedback we get from you guys and while it is nice to see you wanting us to get better, we still feel that this matter should had been closed the moment we acknowledged that your criticism is very valid.

    Looking forward to your continued support and wishing us to get better.

    Regards

  31. Gitesh SaHni says:

    great! bro

  32. Gitesh SaHni says:

    great! bro

  33. the new motoroid beast shekhar singh keep going waise abhi toh 1100 evo bhi try karni ha.

  34. the new motoroid beast shekhar singh keep going waise abhi toh 1100 evo bhi try karni ha.

  35. 160/20 (rear) tires wow 20 profile means recipe for instant wheelie right. and the guy dint mention wind blast at his 3rd gear speed.. rest over all nice review..
    p.s. images should be owned to name them yours..

  36. 160/20 (rear) tires wow 20 profile means recipe for instant wheelie right. and the guy dint mention wind blast at his 3rd gear speed.. rest over all nice review..
    p.s. images should be owned to name them yours..

  37. Arnob Gupta says:

    Yatharth S. Chauhan "BOSS" ?

  38. Arnob Gupta says:

    Yatharth S. Chauhan "BOSS" ?

  39. 130km/h in 3rd gear @ 3500rpm.. is it a typo error. I find it really hard to beleive.. :O:O

  40. 130km/h in 3rd gear @ 3500rpm.. is it a typo error. I find it really hard to beleive.. :O:O

  41. yup great.but its pricy. I wonder why any indian company do not produce such quality bikes at a reasonable price.

  42. yup great.but its pricy. I wonder why any indian company do not produce such quality bikes at a reasonable price.

  43. Gaurav Hegde says:

    nice review mate, I'm desperately awaiting mine by April End :( :)

  44. Gaurav Hegde says:

    nice review mate, I'm desperately awaiting mine by April End :( :)

  45. Hi, Nice first impressions/review.Are you sure that 130KMPH speed was reached in 3rd gear at 3500RPM? Something doesn't sound right here.

  46. Hi, Nice first impressions/review.Are you sure that 130KMPH speed was reached in 3rd gear at 3500RPM? Something doesn't sound right here.

  47. I think experiences should have a different page altogether…shouldn't be under the reviews column. If I get to ride an R1 tomorrow, I would neither call it a review nor a first impression….both would have been read by people light years before- also tried and tested by veteran reviewers. It should be penned down as more like a happy/exciting/lucky experiences of riding such beautiful bikes. Technical specs be better kept out to make it feel like a review or a first impression. Just keep it as an experience narrated…and a delightful one.

  48. I think experiences should have a different page altogether…shouldn't be under the reviews column. If I get to ride an R1 tomorrow, I would neither call it a review nor a first impression….both would have been read by people light years before- also tried and tested by veteran reviewers. It should be penned down as more like a happy/exciting/lucky experiences of riding such beautiful bikes. Technical specs be better kept out to make it feel like a review or a first impression. Just keep it as an experience narrated…and a delightful one.

  49. Quite true. Will be thinking on what you just said.

    Regards.

  50. Quite true. Will be thinking on what you just said.

    Regards.

  51. Sanket J. Kawli Waah waah, someone still has a fair corner for faired bikes ;)

  52. Sanket J. Kawli Waah waah, someone still has a fair corner for faired bikes ;)

  53. Samraat Pankaj says:

    aws dude……

  54. Samraat Pankaj says:

    aws dude……

  55. Asli Honey Singh says:

    great
    m/

  56. Asli Honey Singh says:

    great
    m/

  57. Love to have "one"wid me….

  58. Love to have "one"wid me….

  59. Steve Ndiema says:

    I dig

  60. Steve Ndiema says:

    I dig

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