First riding impressions: New 2017 Ducati Monster 797

Ducati Monster 797 new for 2017
Ducati Monster 797

With simple Ducati Monster lines, and an air/oil-cooled motor that hints back to the original M900 Monster of the Nineties, Ducati’s new Monster 797 is the cool new entry-level Monster for new riders.

The classic naked bike look, a bright red trellis frame, and that 803cc V-twin motor instantly mark the Ducati out as part of the Monster family, but the new 75bhp Monster 797 sits nicely underneath the Monster 821 making a claimed 112bhp, some 37bhp less than the new 797, opening the bike up to a whole new spectrum of riders.

The Monster 797 uses the same engine as the Ducati Scrambler range, which means its puts out 50.8ft-lb of torque at 5750rpm.

It comes with a 16.5 litre fuel tank, a shorter rider friendly seat height of 805mm, a Kayaba upside down 43mm front fork, and a pre-load and rebound damping adjustable Sachs rear shock. It of course has a Bosch ABS system as standard fitted to Brembo M4.32 radial-mounted brake calipers and running on Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres front and rear.

Neat touches include a USB charger under the seat, and LED side and rear lights.

A Monster 797+ is also available and features a flyscreen and passenger seat cover.

We rode the new Monster 797 earlier today at the world press launch in Cannes, France. Our man Marc Potter said: We're out riding a day early because of the rain that is forecast in Cannes tomorrow. But I've ridden about 20 miles on the bike so far and it's a lovely, friendly entry-level bike that carries all the charm and handling you'd expect from a Ducati. It has loads of character, enough punch from the Scrambler-based 803cc engine and is simple for any rider to get on and enjoy easily."

We'll bring you a full review of the new Monster 797 following our full test ride.

MONSTER 797 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

ENGINE

TYPE

L-Twin, 2 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, Air cooled

DISPLACEMENT

803 cc (49 cu in)

BORE X STROKE

88 x 66 [mm] (3.46 x 2.60 [in])

COMPRESSION RATIO

11.0:1

POWER

75 hp (55 kW) @ 8250 rpm

TORQUE

50.8 lb-ft (68.9 Nm) @ 5750 rpm

FUEL INJECTION

Electronic fuel injection system, Ø 50 throttle bodies

EXHAUST

2-1 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes, Single stainless steel muffler with aluminium cover

TRANSMISSION

GEARBOX

6 speed

PRIMARY DRIVE

Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1

RATIO

1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26

FINAL DRIVE

Chain drive, Front sprocket Z15, Rear sprocket Z46

CLUTCH

APTC wet multiplate clutch with mechanical control

CHASSIS

FRAME

Tubular steel trellis frame

FRONT SUSPENSION

Ø 43 Kayaba usd fork

FRONT WHEEL

10-spoke light alloy, 3.50” x 17”

FRONT TYRE

Pirelli Diablo Rosso II, 120/70 ZR17

REAR SUSPENSION

Sachs monoshock, Pre-load and rebound adjustable

REAR WHEEL

10-spoke light alloy, 5.50” x 17”

REAR TYRE

Pirelli Diablo Rosso II, 180/55 ZR17

WHEEL TRAVEL (FRONT/REAR)

130 mm/150 mm (5.12 in/5.91 in)

FRONT BRAKE

2 x Ø 320 semi-floating discs, radially mounted monobloc Brembo M4.32 callipers, 4-piston, axial pump with Bosch ABS as standard equipment

REAR BRAKE

Ø 245 disc, 1-piston calliper with Bosch ABS as standard equipment

INSTRUMENTATION

LCD display

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

DRY WEIGHT

175 kg (386 lb)

WET WEIGHT (KERB)

193 kg (425 lb)

WET WEIGHT (NO FUEL)

182 kg (401 lb)

SEAT HEIGHT

805 mm (31.69 in)

WHEELBASE

1435 mm (56.50 in)

RAKE

24°

TRAIL

90 mm (3.54 in)

FUEL TANK CAPACITY

16.5 l (4.36 US gal)

NUMBER OF SEATS

2

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Bosch ABS, LED position light and tail light, USB power socket, DMS ready

WARRANTY

W arranty

24 months

Maintenance service interval

12000 km (7500 mi) / 12 months

Valve clearance check

12000 km (7500 mi)

 

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