2015 Ducati Monster 821 Dark front 3/4 view

2015 Ducati Monster 821 is Still Naked, Still Unashamed [w/ Video]

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2015 Ducati Monster 821 Dark front 3/4 view

When Ducati introduced the original Monster in 1993, it caused a bit of a sensation. Until that point, no modern naked bike had been positioned as a fashionable alternative to semi- or fully-clad superbike. It gave Ducati something to truly set it apart from BMW and the Japanese, and motorcycle buyers around the world responded in kind.

2015 Ducati Monster 821 side view

The current generation Monster 1200/1200S remains true to that ultra-successful formula, but the fact remains that not everyone interested in a Monster is comfortable with straddling the kind of brute strength that that over-a-liter V-twin serves up. Thus, Ducati has cooked up a slightly less, er, monstrous Monster: The Monster 821. Many of the 821’s bones – the trellis frame, adjustable-height seat, loads of electronic aids – are shared with the 1200, but those in-the-know will immediately notice the 821’s double-sided rear swingarm (rather than the 1200’s costlier single-sided unit). And the engine which, as the name implies, measures 821cc, serves up noticeably less oomph than its big brother, with 112 horsepower and 66 lb.-ft of torque rather than 145 horsepower and 92 lb.-ft.

2015 Ducati Monster 821 Dark rear 3/4 view

And in case the Monster 821 isn’t interesting enough, Ducati will also offer the Monster 821 Dark. It wears a mean paint scheme featuring a satin black tank and gloss black frame. Look for 821s to start reaching Ducati dealerships this summer.

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