Gone Riding: Ducati Monster

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The next iteration of an Italian legend, the Ducati Monster sees a clean-slate design enter the very hot middleweight-twin category for the 2021 model year.

The Monster faces steep competition in this space, with plenty of stout offerings coming from European brands, which aggressively balance features against price.

Ducati has given us a strong offering though, with the new Monster making 110hp and costing south of $12,000 – right in line with the other heavy-hitters in the segment.

But what about what is not included in the spec-sheet? Well, that is why we are in San Francisco today, riding the 2021 Ducati Monster on a fun coastal route to see how it rolls in the real world.

Since yours truly has a busted collarbone (racing in the rain is harder than it looks), we have sent our man Colin Evans down to California to test this new Monster for us.

A British gentleman with a history of having a few Italian bikes in his garage, we sent Colin with specific instructions to see if this Ducati Monster has any of the soul found in the original icon, and to discern how the new Monster rates against the competition.

Per our new review format, Colin will be giving you a live assessment of the Ducati Monster right here in this article (down in the comments section), and we will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Ducati Monster, before even our own proper review is posted. As always, if we don’t know an answer, we will try to get a response from the Ducati personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting on social media by looking for the hashtags #Ducati & #Monster.

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the 2021 Ducati Monster:

  Ducati Monster KTM 890 Duke R Triumph Street Triple RS MV Agusta Brutale Rosso
Horsepower 110 hp 119 hp 116 hp 110 hp
Torque 69 lbs•ft 73 lbs•ft 57 lbs•ft 63 lbs•ft
Weight 414 lbs (wet) 405 lbs (wet) 421 lbs (wet) 434 lbs (wet)
Engine 937cc / V-Twin 889cc / Parallel-Twin 765cc / Triple 798cc / Triple
Price $11,895 $11,999 $12,850 ~$16,000

Photo: Ducati