Ducati has today announced an updated version of its popular Monster 821, and confirms that it will have a total of four more new bikes in its range for 2018.
The update of the mid-range 821 coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original Monster 900, a bike which reinvigorated the iconic Italian company’s fortunes when it was launched at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1992.
Ducati’s warm over of the 821, which was first introduced in 2014, sees it take on much of the tech and styling of the bigger 1200 model, including the headlight unit and TFT display. The 821 also gets a new exhaust unit, although claimed power of 109bhp is down slightly on the outgoing model – no doubt a result of increasingly stringent emissions regulations – although 86Nm of torque means that the middle Monster should continue to deliver the grunt for which the Bologna built nakeds are famous. Unlike the raw and ready originals of 25 years ago, the Monster 821 is festooned with cutting edge electronics as standard with adjustable riding modes, traction control and ABS. A quickshifter allowing clutchless up and down gear changes, and a multimedia system, are available as accessories. Completing the high-spec equipment are the Brembo brakes, with dual 320 mm discs and M4-32 monobloc radial callipers at the front. The suspension system includes 43 mm forks at the front and an adjustable rear shock.
Tipping a nod to the early Monsters, Ducati has reintroduced yellow as a colour option for the 821. This was the traditional colour of mid-capacity Ducatis in the 1990s (red being used for the biggest bikes) before falling out of favour (as well as being more expensive to produce when water based paints were introduced) around the turn of the millennium. If the yellow’s too conspicuous, Ducati will also do you an 821 in stealthy black or their trademark red.
Ducati haven’t yet given a price for the 2018 Monster 821, although we would expect a small increase on the 2017 model’s £9595 screen price. Ducati will unveil the rest of its 2018 models in a live stream on the evening of Sunday, 5 November, one of which is expected to be the MotoGP derived Desmosedici Stradale superbike.