Ducati Monster 797
75bhp | 193kg | Seat height 805mm
It’s great to have an air-cooled, two-valve engine back in a Monster package again, and this new addition is probably a better home for the 803cc Desmodue L-twin than the Scrambler. While the Scrambler is trying very hard to be a style icon, the Monster 797 is just trying to be a great little roadster. With a great price tag it’s also likely to attract a whole new generation of future Ducatisti. 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 frame is a pleasing tubular steel trellis affair, and the 16.5-litre tank is also steel. 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 fully LCD dash, and the 797 is also enabled to use Ducati’s Multimedia System.
Return of the two-valve Monster