EICMA 2016: Ducati 797 is here; Blends Old World Charm of Air Cooled Engines with Modernity

The Monster family is back for vengeance with an air-cooled mill. Say hello to the Ducati Monster 797! At its core is the old air-cooled mill which does duty in the Scrambler now. The sporty, compact, essential yet incredibly stylish bike combines all the allures of the Monster family. Making it the true gateway to the Ducati world.

The compact but beefy fuel tank and classic Monster headlamp gives the image of a clean bike, reminding you of the 90s. However, with the perfect balance of modern day technology, the Monster 797 can be an amazing optionĀ for emerging markets like India and other South East Asian nations.

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The bike features an attachment clip at the front just like the one on the original 1992 Monster. The round headlamp is a modern day take of the old while the single piece frame, right from the steering head to the tail section, adds as a design feature, apart from a functional one. The cooling fins recall the spirit of the first-generation Monster. The triangular swingarm also brings back another milestone in Monster history, remember the 696 from 2008?

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The 803 cc Desmodue L-twin mill churns out 75 PS of maximum power at 8,250 rpm and 68.9 Nm of peak torque at 5,750 rpm. All this with Euro 4 compliance! It gets a single 50 mm throttle body with twin sub butterfly injectors. This helps in ensuring fluid power delivery and accurate control of the fuel mix aspirated into the cylinders. The 2-in-1 exhaust has been designed to ensure optimal fluid dynamics and excellent heat protection for both rider and passenger.

Service interval? Well, Ducati claims a 12,000 km maintenance interval!


Suspension and Wheels:

The Monster 797 gets 43 mm Kayaba forks in the front while the rear gets a Sachs mono shock. It also gets adjustable spring preload and rebound damping, the setup for which is mounted on the left side of the bike and is connected to the frame and swingarm without rising rate linkage.

The bike gets 10 spoke light alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II dual compound tyres. The specifications for the front tyre is 120/70 ZR17 while the rear is 180/55 ZR17.

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The bike gets twin, radially mounted Brembo M4 32 four piston monobloc calipers on 320 mm semi-floating discs and an axial-pump brake lever with incorporated fluid reservoir. Rear gets a single 245 mm disc with a single piston Brembo caliper. The bike also gets Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system as standard.

Other numbers include a 16.5 litre fuel tank, 805 mm seat height, and a wet weight of 193 kg.