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2012 Ducati Monster 696 Comparison Photo Gallery

The Ducati Monster 696 impressed all our testers in appearance and performance. See the video of how the Ducati Monster 696 stacked-up in our 2012 Women's Street Bike Shootout.

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The sexy, stripped down appearance of the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 was just one of the impressive features to our testers.
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The 2012 Ducati Monster 696 took perfect 10's in subjective scoring of engine performance and character.
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Up front the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 has 320mm floating discs with four-piston, radially mounted calipers.
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The 2012 Ducati Monster 696 sat lower than many of the bikes our testers compared, allowing some of the shorter riders to back up with ease while sitting.
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The 2012 Ducati Monster 696 clutch fit both smaller and larger handed riders and levers were adjustable.
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The instruments on the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 were good, but difficult to read at times as riding position placed some tester's heads directly above the panel.
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Testers found the sound of the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 intoxicating.
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The Ducati Monster 696 had plenty of low-end torque that pulled through the powerband.
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The drivetrain of the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 was smooth and in the opinion of one tester, "seemed to do everything well."
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The Monster 696's stiff suspension allowed the bike to handle very well through corners.
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The 2012 Ducati Monster 696 comes equipped with a Sachs monoshock rear suspension unit with progressive linkage, making for a wide variety of spring and damping settings.
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The compact size and shorter wheelbase of the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 made it easy for testers to maneuver in tight spaces.
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The 2012 Ducati Monster 696 has no fuel gauge, just a warning signal when the tank is running low.
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The 2012 Ducati Monster 696 begs to be ridden fast.
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The forward-based riding position made one tester fell like "98%" of the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 was under or behind her.
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The trellis frame and naked look make the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 stand out in a crowd.
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2012 Women's Streetbike Shootout Horsepower.
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2012 Women's Streetbike Shootout Torque.
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2012 Ducati Monster 696 Horsepower and Torque.
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Testers couldn't get enough of the 2012 Ducati Monster 696.
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One tester felt the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 "responded instantly to my body position and input."
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One tester described the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 as defining "art on two wheels with the bonus of exceptional performance."