Ducati Monster 821 returns to India
Mechanically unchanged but with new bits and bobs to keep the bike relevant to the present
DUCATI HAS LAUNCHED THE 2018 Monster 821 at `9.51 lakh, ex-showroom. Updates to the new bike include a completely new tank and tail section, an all-new exhaust muffler, a new headlight and colour TFT dash. It is now available in the classic Ducati yellow paint job that was first seen 25 years ago.
Mechanically however it remains the same with the liquid-cooled Testastretta 11° engine that develops 107bhp and 86Nm (slightly down from the predecessor thanks to Euro 4 regs) and is mated to a six speed gearbox. Buyers can kit their 821 with the same bi-directional quickshifter that we have come to love from the SuperSport S. The 821 will also be available in Ducati Red and Black colours.
Safety features include the Ducati Safety Pack, which comprises of Bosch 9.1MP ABS system and Ducati Traction Control, both of which have adjustable intervention levels. There are three riding modes to choose from – Urban, Touring and Sport. Urban mode restricts the power output to just 73bhp while Touring and Sport mode allow for access to full 107 horses. However, throttle response is controlled in Touring mode while Sport mode lets you go all out.
Meanwhile, Ducati has opened its eighth dealership in the country at Chennai.