It’s great to have an air-cooled two-valve engine back in a Monster package, harking back to the original bikes from the early 90s. This new addition to the burgeoning Monster family uses the 803cc Desmodue L-twin from the Scrambler, but packages it in an utterly contemporary, but endearingly simplistic, package. With a price tag expected to swing from the bars at around £7875, it’s also likely to drag a new generation of future Ducatisti in to the marque.
At this price (you could have nine of these and some change left over for the price of a Superleggera) it couldn’t be much further removed from the top-end of Ducati excess. That means the simplistic, but refined, 75bhp, 50.8ftlb torque, 803cc air-cooled engine, slipper clutch, a twin-spar swingarm, non-adjustable KYB 43mm fork, and preload/rebound adjustable Sachs monoshock.
Electronic rider aids are kept to the bare minimum too. There’s no traction control to lean on, but you do get the excellent Bosch 9.1MP ABS module, mated to a thoroughly decent pair of Brembo M4.32 calipers that will easily haul the 797’s 193kg kerb mass plus rider down to an abrupt halt. The wheels are alloy 10-spoke items that wear a 120/70 17 front tyre, and a 180/55 17 rear – which are Pirelli Diablo Rosso II as standard fitment.
The frame is a pleasing tubular steel trellis affair, and the 16.5-litre tank is also steel – meaning rugged longevity, and that you can chuck a magnetic tank bag on for the daily grind, too.
Those who struggle with tall seat heights will hopefully get on well enough with the 805mm seat on the 797, and once in position you’ll get a classic view over wide bars to a full LCD dash. The 797 is also enabled to use Ducati’s Multimedia System, and boasts a USB power socket to keep devices powered up and connected.
Entry level price but you still get quality components
Priced to rival the Scrambler range and using the same engine too