Ducati reveals SA-bound Monster 821

2014-05-29 11:01

  • Powered by 84kW, 821cc Testastretta 11°
  • New 'Dark' version
  • In SA by October 2014
  • Images of naked model underline Bologna roots

BORGO PANIGALE, Italy - Ducati has announced the release of its new Monster 821, a mid-size entry for the third generation of the iconic naked bike. The new Monster 821 will arrive in South Africa by October 2014.

GALLERY: Ducati Monster 821

Underlining Ducati’s association to the Bologna region in Italy, the bikemaker released the first images of its new motorcycle portrayed in typical Bolognese ambiance.

Ducati's Monster 821 follows the unveiling of its next-generation Monster 1200 at the 2013 Milan International Motorcycle show in November.


Ducati has sold more than 290 000 Monsters since the concept was revealed more than 20 years ago.

Ducati says, the essential new Monster 821 "maintains its stylish character using the new chassis and muscular styling of the Monster 1200, designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies."

The new Monster, powered by the latest edition of Ducati’s 821 Testastretta 11° engine is capable of 84kW/89Nm and weighs 179.5kg.

Ducati said: "High-spec brakes, excellent suspension and stylish componentry merge with the best ergonomics to offer our most attractive mid-range Monster yet.

"Super comfortable, and with an innovative adjustable seat height, the model also combines eight-level traction control, three-level ABS and three-level 'ride-by-wire' into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button riding modes."

The Monster 821, Ducati promises, "uses next-generation technologies to create an enhanced rider/motorcycle relationship, delivering a high-adrenalin experience while reassuring with a feeling of complete control and ergonomic integration".

Ducati said prices are yet to be confirmed but buyers can expect to pay about R140 000 for the bike.