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2015 Ducati Monster 821 First Ride Photo Gallery

See how the newest addition to Ducati's Monster family stacks up in the 2015 Ducati Monster 821 First Ride photo gallery. Read the full review in the 2015 Ducati Monster 821 First Ride.

During the first half of our day on the 821, the rain kept our speeds and aggression in check, and the only impression I was able to get was how light the medium Monster felt.
Handling in the city is nimble and fleet-footed, changing direction with an ease and quickness that the larger 1200 just can’t match.
The seating position of the Monster 821 is fairly upright with just a slight bend forward to the bars, which have been moved back 40mm and up 40mm for a more relaxed reach.
Crack the throttle to the stop in Sport mode in first and second gear and the front wheel will rise, but without the snap of larger displacement naked bikes.
Braking performance from the M83 Monbloc front calipers and radial mount master cylinder is less refined that we have come to expect from Ducati.
The 821.1cc, 112-horsepower Testastretta 11 is lively yet easy to handle.
A closer look at the 2015 Ducati Monster 821 exhaust.
Toggling through the riding modes is simple on the Monster’s LCD dash, but making changes to traction control and ABS settings is more cumbersome than the TFT displays on the Monster 1200.
The new seat mirrors the 1200’s unit with more padding and an adjustable height of 30.9” to 31.9".
The non-adjustable 43mm Kayaba front fork and Sachs cantilever rear shock are sprung softly and damped to match.
At $11,495 the 821 is affordable while still offering up plenty of power, a nimble chassis and all-day long comfort.
The mid-range is healthy while the top-end tapers off as you reach the 11,000 rpm limit.
The engine character of the 821 is just sporty enough to entertain the most hardcore riders but also less-treating to new or less experienced riders.
Ducati followed the formula used for the larger 1200cc Monster, fitting a liquid-cooled Testastretta engine to the Monster 821.
The 821 is everything Monsters have been from the start – a sum much greater than its less exotic parts that puts a smile on your face every time you crack the throttle.
2015 Ducati Monster 821