2019 Ducati Monster 797 : the italian dream
1 October 2019
While the 796 is no longer available and the 696 has not produced any new models since 2014, the arrival of a 2019 Ducati Monster 797 brings the Italian dream back to life at a very affordable price. This sporty standard model, named the 797 because of its air-cooled and oil-cooled L-twin engine inherited from the Scrambler 800, hit the market in 2017. This increase in displacement is the outcome of the Euro 4 standard, which is more demanding in terms of environmental standards, and which requires manufacturers to reduce the performance/cylinder ratio of their engines. The engineers had no choice but to increase the number of cc’s to achieve the power targeted by the manufacturer.
“Back to the future” nostalgia
For the nostalgic fans of cooling fin mechanics, not swayed by the Ducati Monster 821 and its liquid-cooled cylinder head, this new Monster 797 comes just in time. The 803 cc desmodromic engine produces 75 horsepower with a running weight of 193 kg. An emission standard that has had a significant impact on engine performance compared to the late 796, which cranked out an impressive 87 horsepower.
Its frame is based on the traditional steel trellis design, while the aluminum swingarm remains conventional, so no single-side swingarm like its 821 series counterpart. When it comes to suspension, there is a 43 mm non-adjustable Kayaba inverted fork and a Sachs adjustable rebound and pre-loaded shock absorber. The most notable feature of the 2019 Ducati Monster 797 is most certainly the brakes. These consist of a pair of 320 mm discs topped with Brembo’s M4-32 4-piston radial monoblock calipers. And the sporty 797’s electronic steering assistance feature includes an advanced ABS system. Thanks to this little monster, the entry level to your new bike has never been so appealing.
2019 Ducati Monster 797 : inherent values
Ducati has attained a striking degree of maturity, thanks to the latest attention to the fundamental values of style, sophistication and performance. The Borgo Panigale family now offers a line of motorcycles that is as wide as it is technologically advanced, with the Monster 797 as a precursor and the Ducati Panigale V4 R at the point of absolute ecstasy. Thanks to this little monster, the door to the open road has never been so attractive.
By Pascal Bastien