The unique Monster 900 completes 25-years this year and rejoicing the iconic motorbike, Ducati has exposed the 2018 Monster 821 in images ahead of its world debut next month. The Ducati Monster is an icon and for the longest time was the entry-level offering from the manufacturer. With the 2018 Ducati Monster 821, the bike-maker has made a host of vagaries to the street-fighter while the latest edition also comes in the beautiful yellow shade, paying homage to the original M900, which was quite popular in this paint scheme. Apart from yellow, the updated Monster 821 will also be obtainable in red and matte-black colours.
Ducati says that the 2018 Monster 821 brings features from the first Monster 900 that went on sale in 1992. The fuel tank has been redesigned on the 821 and is borrowed from the larger Monster 1200, carrying a similar lock opening mechanism from the original M900. The headlight too is rented from the M1200, while the tail section has been replaced with a slimmer unit, inspired from the 900. There’s a new double barrel exhaust as well, which looks both classic and modern.
In addition, the 2018 Ducati Monster 821 features an all-new TFT colour tool console that shows the certain gear as well as fuel indicator. It will also display the multiple riding modes – Sport, Touring and Urban, while also letting you to select between the 3-level Bosch ABS and 8-level Traction Control as part of the Ducati Safety Pack. Other features on the 821 include a quick shift (up/down) and the Ducati Programmed System as optional. Power on the updated 2018 Ducati Monster 821 continues to come from the 821-cc, Testastretta twin-cylinder motor that churns out 108 bhp at 9250 rpm and 86Nm of peak torque at 7750 rpm, while paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Power is down by about 2 bhp on the new model as a result of Euro 4 emissions. The suspension system comprises 43 mm USD front forks and an adjustable monoshock unit at the back, while braking performance includes 320 mm dual front discs with M4-32 calipers and a 245 mm single disc at the rear. Both units are sourced from Brembo.
Ducati plans to disclose five new 2018 motorbikes next month and the Monster 821 is the first of the lot to make its debut. The bikes will be exposed on November 5, 2017 at the Ducati World Premier and will later be SHOWED at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan between November 9 to 12. Expect prices to be around Rs.11 lakh for the updated model as it takes on the Kawasaki Z900 and the new Triumph Street Triple RS.