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Ducati unveils updated Monster 821

Designed to celebrate the silver anniversary of the original Monster, the latest version of the 821 has just been shown for the first time

First published: 17th October 2017
  • Inspired by the Monster 900, which marks its 25th anniversary this year
  • The first of five new models in the 2018 Model Year
  • Ducati Safety Pack included
Ducati has revealed an updated version of the Monster 821 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original model, which was launched at the Cologne Show back in October 1992. It’s the first of five new models from the company to be reveale for 2018.

The new look for the Monster 821 comes from adopting the design and functional features introduced in the Monster 1200: a sleek, streamlined look with completely redesigned tank and tail end, inspired by the 1992 version. A new racing silencer and headlight – both classic and contemporary – are also part of the new design.

A colour TFT display – which shows the selected gear and fuel level – is also making its debut on the mid-size Monster. The Ducati Quick Shift and Multimedia Systems are now also available as accessories.

The Monster comes back in the historic Ducati Yellow colour that charmed so many Monster fans in the past. This colour, available for the 821 only, completes the Red and Matte Black colour range.
The Monster also has a 109HP liquid-cooled twin-cylinder Testastretta engine, as well as the Ducati Safety Pack. This includes ABS and Traction Control, both of which have adjustable intervention levels. The Riding Modes ensures easy adjustment of ABS, DTC and Power Modes (controlling peak power and type of delivery), allowing the 821 to be transformed into three different motorcycles, each with a distinct personality.

Completing the list of equipment of the Monster 821 are the Brembo brakes, with dual 320 mm discs and M4-32 monobloc radial callipers at the front. The suspension system includes 43 mm forks at the front and an adjustable shock absorber at the rear.

The new Monster 821 is just the first of the new Ducati 2018 range, and four more new models will be unveiled on Sunday, 5 November, before going on show to the public from 9 to 12 November at the Rho fair.
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