Ducati India has been on a spree of launching its bikes one after the other, keeping us enthusiasts wanting more. With that, the all-new Ducati Monster and Monster+ have finally been launched in India putting an end to the anticipation that has been building up since it was unveiled in December 2020. The 2021 Monster gets a lighter body, updated design and the company claims it to be more agile than the outgoing model.
The major changes on the new bike are concentrated heavily on the design and chassis. The 2021 Ducati Monster has been redesigned from scratch and encapsulates the iconic design of the naked motorcycle that was first launched in the year 1993. Adding on to what’s new on the bike is an all-LED headlamp which is accompanied by DRLs. The tank remains muscular as ever, although it has been made leaner this time around. The rear of the bike is clean and short and compliments the naked look of the Monster.
Ducati has done away with the steel trellis frame that has been a key element of the Monster design in the past. This time around it gets an aluminium alloy front frame which has been inspired by the Panigale V4. The changes don't end there and include a new aluminium swingarm, lighter wheels and components that have enabled Ducati to shed a massive 14kg off of the dry weight of the Monster 821 and the new bike tips the scales at 166kg dry weight. In terms of suspension, it gets a 43mm non-adjustable USD forks on the front and a monoshock suspension in the rear which is adjustable for preload.
The 2021 Ducati Monster gets a 4.3-inch TFT display which borrows its interface from the Panigale V4 as well. The bike comes fully packed with features like the Ducati traction control, launch control, wheelie control, riding modes, engine power modes, cornering ABS and Ducati Quick Shift.
The powertrain on the 2021 Ducati Monster is taken from the Ducati 950cc series i.e, the 937cc Desmodromic Testastretta 11° engine that is featured on the Hypermotard 950 and Supersport 950. The engine produces 110bhp at 9250rpm and 93Nm at 6500rpm which is 1.9bhp and 6.9Nm more than the outgoing model.
There’s also the Ducati Monster+, which gets a windshield and rear seat cover as standard fitment and is priced at Rs 11.24 lakh, Rs 25,000 more than the standard Ducati Monster. If you want the Aviator Grey or the Dark Stealth, you’ll have to pay Rs 10,000 more than the red colour scheme for both the standard and + variants. Next up on Ducati’s launch calendar, this year is the Hypermotard 950 which should conclude their launches for the year fulfilling its promise of launching 12 bikes in India this year. We will be riding the all-new Ducati Monster very soon , so stay tuned for our review.