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2006-2008 Du­cati M695

Du­cati were quick to re­alise the ap­peal and po­ten­tial of the Monster. It was more than a naked su­per­bike and in 1994 they in­tro­duced the Monster M600, which mir­rored the orig­i­nal but was more user friendly and the cheap­est way onto the Du­cati lad­der. From then on Du­cati catered for new or smaller rid­ers, es­pe­cially the fe­male mar­ket, by de­vel­op­ing the 600, which turned into the fuel-in­jected M620ie in 2002, and then into the M695 in 2006.

With this new model, Du­cati in­creased the bore size but re­duced the stroke, which al­lowed the use of the Monster 800’s cylin­der heads and in­creased power by 16% to 73bhp.

Although the M695 can be de­scribed as an en­try-level Monster it still has an ex­cel­lent turn of speed; it’s still fun and ca­pa­ble of 125mph, maybe a tad more. There’s plenty of trea­cly torque to play with, too, so you don’t have to dance up and down the gear­box like you do with some Ja­panese multi-cylin­der bikes.

The chas­sis re­mained vir­tu­ally the same as the old 620’s but with a slightly lower rid­ing po­si­tion. The rel­a­tively ba­sic sus­pen­sion, with only preload ad­just­ment on the rear, works per­fectly. Yet the key to the 695’s agility is its light­ness; at only 168kg it’s in­cred­i­bly easy to chuck around, what­ever your height or build. The M695 was re­placed in 2008 by the all­new Monster range, which in­cluded a new, en­try level-fo­cused M696.

When new the 695 was priced at less than £5000, and now they can be picked up for half that which makes them a se­ri­ous bar­gain. Our test bike didn’t feel like a 10-year-old ma­chine, and was still look­ing good and sound­ing great thanks to an af­ter­mar­ket Ter­mignoni ex­haust.

‘At only 168kg it’s in­cred­i­bly easy to ride, what­ever your height or build’

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