The 2021 Ducati Monster represents a significant change for the iconic nameplate, as the middleweight naked bike debuts a new platform and sleek styling.
Ducati’s local wing has confirmed that the new Monster, which replaces the outgoing Monster 821, will hit Australian showrooms in June priced from $18,200 rideaway.
The 2021 Ducati Monster range also sees a higher-spec ‘plus’ variant to sit below the current Monster 1200 and 1200 S, which have yet to adopt the new design language.
While the new Ducati Monster carries over some familiar design cues, like a bison-back-shaped tank and round headlight, the overall design is a significant departure from the model it replaces.
A new aluminium frame derived from the Panigale replaces the previous bike’s trellis setup, offering a new look and dropping the Monster’s wet weight by 18 kilograms to 188kg (wet).
As weight drops, power increases by 1.5kW and 7Nm thanks to a new 93kW/83kW 937cc twin-cylinder engine borrowed from the soon-to-launch SuperSport 950.
That’s backed up by a comprehensive rider assistance suite with various rider modes, as well as an up/down quickshifter as standard.
The three rider modes, Sport Touring and Urban, adjust traction control and ABS intervention levels, as well as power output and wheel lift.
Other tech features extend to a new 4.3-inch TFT instrument display with smartphone mirroring, and full-LED lighting with daytime running lights.
The adjustable suspension system includes a 43mm front fork with 130mm of travel, and a rear cantilever setup with 140mm of travel.
Brembo M4.32 brakes squeeze large 320mm discs up front, while new lightweight alloy wheels are shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres.
The new Ducati Monster will be offered in three colours schemes, Ducati Red, Aviator Grey and Dark Stealth.
Opting for the ‘plus’ variant adds a unique windscreen and passenger seat cover.
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