It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that with the debut of the Ducati Monster 1200, that another liquid-cooled Monster was around the corner, to fill in the middleweight segment. With Ducati already having the 821cc Testastretta 11° engine in the Hypermotard line, that engine will get double-duty with the 2015 Ducati Monster 800.
Spotted by the BikeSocial website run by Bennetts, an insurance company in the UK, we get our first glimpse of the Monster 800 in the wild. Visually the 821cc machine is almost identical to its 1,200cc counterpart, but the new Monster clearly has a double-sided swingarm holding onto its rear tire.
Expect roughly 110hp from the Monster 800 (as already seen on the Ducati Hypermotard), which should slot in well with the Monster 1200 line’s 135/145hp power figures. We would expect ABS and Ducati’s traction control package to come standard.
Though Ducati typically waits until INTERMOT or EICMA to release new models, Bennetts is tipping a summer debut. By the look of how complete the Ducati Monster 800 looks in this photo, that wouldn’t surprise us in the least. Stay tuned Ducatisti.