Mon­ster 797

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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

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