The Ducati Monster has been a head-turner for so many years now; featuring a trellis frame, a sculpted metal tank and a round headlight, this thing puts out a strong, muscular vibe. But it’s time for a new chapter.
Looking towards the future, the Monster’s near 30-year-old formula has been optimized. The bike received a upgraded 937cc engine, weighs 40 pounds less, and loses its signature trellis frame. For 2021, the midsize Monster 821 will be also replaced by the Monster – yes, just Monster – a fitting name for this bike, once you take a look at the pictures.
The 2021 Ducati Monster aims to deliver some serious thrills, with a lighter, aluminum monocoque chassis and a punchier engine. An updated Euro 5 version of Ducati’s 937cc Testastretta 11° engine, featuring a redesigned crankshaft and connecting rods, plus revised transmission gears and final drive, was chosen to push this bike towards the limits – and beyond.
This engine is over 5 pounds lighter than before and comes rated at 111 hp and 68.7 pound-feet of torque. Not that big of an improvement, but none can deny that the 937cc package – with magnesium cylinder head covers and a higher compression ratio (13.3:1) – will blow away everyone in its path.
Ducati engineers focused on weight savings for this new Monster, which is why we are now talking about an aluminum front frame, a glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) subframe, and more. As a result, Ducati claims a 366-pound dry weight/414-pound wet weight.
The new Ducati Monster will allow the rider to experience its raw power in three different ways – Sport, Tour, Urban – and features various safety options, such as cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, and launch control. If you think you’re going too fast, Brembo M4.32 calipers and 320mm discs up front and a 245mm disc at the back will keep you safe.
The 4.3-inch TFT display allows the rider to configure this bike to match his needs, while the new LED headlight definitely looks cool (even though it’s not round anymore) and reminds everyone this is a 2021 Monster.
The front turn indicators, mounted beneath the tank covers, make this bike look even more modern.
With the 2021 model, Ducati realized the true Monster must be pretty scary, packing a serious punch and showing off the company’s state-of-the-art technologies.
Starting at just $11,895 – depending on your favorite shade – the 2021 Ducati Monster is also available in Plus trim (fly screen and tail shroud, included) and could be sitting on your driveway in just a couple of months.