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Ducati unleashes new mid-size Monster

Published May 29, 2014


By: IOL Motoring Staff

Borgo Panigale, Bologna - Following the introduction of the new-generation Monster 1200 at the Milan motorcycle show in November 2013, Ducati has now added a mid-sized version, the 821 Monster, to the line-up.

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Built on the new frame and running gear of the Monster 1200 and dressed with the same minimalist styling, the 821 has a short-stroke version of the current-generation 'Testastretta 'Narrow Head' engine - with an included angle between the valves of only 11 degrees - for which it quotes 82.6kW and 89.5Nm on a dry weight of only 179.5kg.


Boasting Brembo M50 brakes and inverted front suspension, and with improved ergonomics thanks to an innovative adjustable seat height, the 821 combines eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level Ride-by-Wire, all accessed via user-friendly, Riding Modes push-buttons.

The new Monster is due to be released in South Africa in mid-to-late October in red with red frame and black wheel or silk white and red frame and matte red wheels - each with a colour-matched single-seat cover - or as the Monster 821 Dark in matte black with gloss black frame and wheels, at a target price of R140 000, depending on the vagaries of South Africa's yo-yo currency.

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