Ducati has launched the MY18 Monster 821 in India at an introductory price of Rs 9,51,000 ex-showroom, Pan India. The 821 slots between the 797 and 1200 in the Monster series.
The previous Monster 821 was discontinued due to non-compliance of BS-IV emission norms. The new model is powered by an Euro 4 compliant liquid-cooled Testastretta 11° engine (L-Twin), delivering 109 hp @ 9250 rpm and 86 Nm of torque @ 7750 rpm.
The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, a race-derived electronic system that lets riders upshift without using the clutch and without having to close the throttle, and also downshift without the clutch and just closing the throttle.
Ducati Riding Modes
There are 3 riding modes – Sport, Touring and Urban. Each Riding Mode is programmed to vary the engine character (Power Modes), ABS and DTC intervention levels instantaneously, on the go. The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) features 8 levels of system interaction to enhance control by reducing rear wheel spin, while the ABS system offers 3 different intervention levels.
The Electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) uses the Ducati e-Grip system to manage different mappings and adjust the power delivery (Power Modes) as required.
The Sport Mode delivers 109 hp of power with direct RbW throttle twist response, reduced DTC intervention, level 1 ABS braking efficiency and rear wheel lift detection disabled.
The Touring Mode too delivers 109 hp, but with a more progressive RbW throttle twist response, increased DTC intervention, level 2 ABS braking efficiency and moderate rear wheel lift control.
The Urban Mode delivers a maximum power of 75 hp with progressive RbW throttle twist response; DTC is set to an even higher intervention level and the ABS is set to level 3, maximizing braking stability and wheel lift-up prevention.
Other features include color TFT display, 43 mm fork, adjustable monoshock, height-adjustable seat, passenger seat cover, LED “horseshoe” side lights and LED tail lamp.
Braking duties are handled by Brembo dual 320 mm discs at front and a single 245 mm disc at the rear. The 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels are shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres, measuring 120/70 up front and 180/55 at the rear.