THE MONSTER FOR ALL
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’