A couple of years back, Ducati had announced that it will officially launch its mid-range, Asia specific, Monster 795 in India. The idea was to club a Monster 796 engine in a Monster 696 frame and offer an “affordable” naked motorcycle to performance hungry audience. However, the motorcycle never made it to India.
So what next? Indian motorcycle enthusiasts are ready to pay the extra buck for performance machines. But the Monster 795 feels a little outdated. And with the likes of KTM 690 Duke and 1290 Super Duke lined up for the country, Ducati will have to pull out something more appealing out of its hat. Ducati Monster 821 might just be the perfect answer.
Following the successful unveiling of the new generation Monster 1200, Ducati has now introduced the Monster 821, a mid-size version of the 1200cc model and the latest entry to the world of Monster.
At the heart of the Monster 821 is a Testastretta 11-degree 821cc engine which puts out 112 hp of power and 89Nm of torque. The model also combines modern electronics that include 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes. With all the above specs, Ducati Monster weighs at 179.5kg (dry) In terms of stopping power, the Monster 821 features brakes with twin radially-mounted Brembo monobloc M4-32 calipers, gripping 320mm discs.
Ducati has also ensured that the owners do not have to visit service centres much often as the Monster 821 comes with a major service interval of 30,000 kilometres.
The Monster 821 comes in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels or star white silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with colour-matched single-seat covers. The Monster 821 is priced at £8,995 (approximately Rs 9.17 lakh).
For people who do not want a flashy motorcycle can opt for the dark stealth colour with black frame and black wheels. The Dark is priced at £8,795 (approximately Rs 8.97 lakh).
Ducati has not been selling many motorcycles in India lately. The Monster 821 might help the brand to revive its name amongst the Indian motorcycling enthusiasts. But will it do so? That’s something only time will answer.
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