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2011 Ducati Monster 796 First Look

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
2011 Ducati Monster 796.
2011 Ducati 796 Monster. A host of new features slots it in firmly between the existing 696 and 1100 models.
Ducati has released an early look at its first 2011 model – the new Monster 796.

Slotting in the center of the existing 696 and 1100 models, the 796 features an 803mm capacity by virtue of the same 88mm bore of the 696 Monster, but with a longer 66mm stroke (compared to 57.2mm), also benefitting from a raised compression ratio of 11:1 (10.7:1 on the 696). Internally it gets an 848-style lightened flywheel, while an oil cooler is fitted to manage engine temperature.

Externally, the 796 Desmodue engine employs completely redesigned crankcases, said to save 2.64-lbs over the Monster 696 engine castings, which is a major part of the 4.2-lb total weight saving over the 696 powerplant.
Exiting spent gasses is a new 2-1-2 exhaust system that sheds pounds by utilizing 1mm thick wall tubing extensively, also featuring twin lambda probes and regulating valve to comply with Euro 3 emission standards. As a result the new Monster is claimed to produce a healthy 87 hp and 58 lb-ft of torque.

An APTC wet clutch gives a ‘slipper-type’ action, while not actually being a full back-torque-limiting unit. It also quiets the overall engine noise and provides a lighter clutch lever pull. Service intervals of 7,500 miles aid in keeping overall maintenance costs down.
2011 Ducati Monster 796.
Available in Arctic White Silk (shown), Diamond Black Silk and Ducati Red colorways as standard, the new machine features a single-sided swingarm and a claimed power output of nearly 90 hp.

Opening up the ergonomics to allow for more diverse sized riders, the 796’s tapered aluminum bars are 20mm higher than those on the 1100, while the seat height is 10mm lower. Attached to the bars sit updated Brembo hydraulic master cylinders for both the clutch and front brake. The seat has been redesigned as well, said to feature a “comfort-enhancing” shape, which sits atop of new rear subframe that comes with mounting points ready to accept new accessory grab-handles.

Suspension comes in the form of a 43mm Showa fork up front and Sachs rear shock that is mated to a single-sided swingarm and is adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping. The frame is Ducati’s trademark trellis unit, as it always has been on the Monster line, with a 57.1-inch wheelbase, the same as that of the 696. Braking duties are handled by twin 320mm discs gripped by Brembo 4-piston radial-mount calipers up front, with a single 245mm disc and 2-pistion Brembo caliper out back. ABS is now an available option as well.

Lightweight aluminum Y-spoke wheels are similar to those used on the 1100 Monster, but will be differentiated by a red rim strip that sits on 60-degrees of the wheel. They will come shod with the same 120/17-17 and 180/55-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires as the 1100.

2011 Ducati Monster 796.
Expanding the color lineup from three to 13 is 10 optional Monster Art kits, called the Logomania collection.
An updated instrument cluster displays a multitude of information to the rider, including speed, rpm, time, oil temperature, battery voltage and scheduled maintenance intervals, while warning lights for oil pressure, fuel reserve, turn signals, high beam and neutral selection give the rider all the data needed. Additionally, the DDA (Ducati Data Analyzer) is available as an accessory, of which the instrument cluster provides the interface to control it.

Traditional Ducati Red is the main featured colorway, while an Arctic White Silk and Diamond Black Silk are available as options. But Ducati is also taking the three basic colors up to a staggering 13 options with its new ‘Logomania’ collection. This is part of its Monster Art program and features 10 additional tank/seat cover/bikini faring options, allowing for further personalization.

So what does all this cost? Believe it or not, under 10 grand! To be exact, $9995 is the MSRP for the three standard colors, and it will be in dealers this June as an early-release 2011 model. Stay tuned for a First Ride report as soon as we’re able to swing a leg over the new machine.
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William Sebirumbi -Alberta Canada, suburbia  November 5, 2010 09:39 PM
Just got mine in August. I rode dirtbikes for years and this my first street bike, love it! Easy to ride, once the gearing is sorted out(even better), I went up two teeth on the back, most(GEARING IT DOWN, IS A MUST DO MOD) go down one on the front. I must add, there are "better deals" out there than the Monster, Monster riders love the character and that is all there is to it. i could have had a KTM super Duke for $1000 less than what I paid for my Monster, and let's be truthful,the KTM SD is MORE bike in every sense! To sum up, I grin every time I thumb that starter and click it into gear!
Eric S. -Just bought the 2011 796 yesterday  October 10, 2010 05:19 AM
What a sweet ride. Handles like a dream. Upgraded from a 2009 Monster 696 - gave that to my lady because she is f-ing rad. This bike is actually more forgiving than the 696, with smoother clutch action, etc. I loved my 696 and now love this 796 even more. It's a bit taller so it fits me better. It torquier and just plain bad-ass. Highly recommended for anyone who has always wanted a Duc.
Stan -Very tempted...  July 15, 2010 07:25 PM
The 796 seems like a very nice bike. I am tempted to take one for a test ride. I currently ride a 2006 Honda Interceptor with hard cases. The same displacemtnas as the 796, with two more cylinders and a helluva lot more weight to pull around with practically the same HP and torque specs. I can only imagine how much faster off the line and better the bike handles than mine with better brakes and so much less weight! I get 45mpg with the Honda. I would expect upwards of 50+mpg with the Duc. And believe me, you'll love having a single-sided swingarm! I am going to chat with the Duc mechanic and find out about maintenance costs. I had a 2007 ST3, but those costs were astronomical.
lal rupreja -available in india  July 13, 2010 10:50 AM
just thinking about 796 monster in india is a big thing in its own league how can any one miss out such oppurtunites that come once in life time.thanks ducati for giving us your dream bikes.
Marco Minzera -Italians do it better  June 15, 2010 07:01 AM
It's the brand and beyond that which makes the difference.
Jerry -monster  June 5, 2010 04:01 PM
I love my monster, I've owned everything from milwaukee to the far east. It's the blending of simplicity and design that makes it what it is, fabulous. No extras and if it's not needed it isn't found on the monster.
Aussie.girl -Aussie.girl  May 2, 2010 10:14 AM
I have owned 2 monsters and absolutley loved them. Priced perfectly and an unreal ride, but I feel its a shame the look is getting very space-age?! With the new shape head light and digital speedo, it takes the muscle or toughness look away. I loved the old look, it had character!!!
Jennifer Santolucito -Love it!  April 27, 2010 12:50 PM
I love it!! Beautiful work!

DonS -law abiding citizen  April 23, 2010 12:42 PM
I see the logic of Morvegil's comment except I'm forced to ask, when did 10k for a bike become "cheap"? I'm feeling old (and sad for the dollar).
Mxster -Steve  April 23, 2010 06:21 AM
Its a "Ducati" of course its going to cost more than anything else. Its the Ferrari of motorcycle manufacturers.
Superlight -796  April 22, 2010 05:02 PM
A Z1000, though more powerful, just isn't in the same league as a Monster. Take a good long look at both parked side by side. Now the Street Triple R is a much more formidable competitor, but that's why there are so many brands available - customer choice.
Steve -Good Deal?  April 22, 2010 03:22 PM
Well it's a good deal until you realize you can buy a new z1000 for $10,500 or a new Street Triple R for $9,600. Both of these bikes are infinitely more capable naked sportbikes. This new monster should be priced closer to a Suzuki Gladius or Kawasaki ER-6n.
Robb Woodward -You really should get one...  April 22, 2010 02:29 PM
I've had my Monster for about 9 years now and it's been a great all-around bike, commuter, corner carver...it's awesome for anything. I highly suggest picking one up if you can, you wont regret it.
Morvegil -Nice  April 22, 2010 08:09 AM
Not a bad deal for a commuter bike or a get away bike...priced right for the style. My buddy has one of these and loves it. THis is the "Sportster" of Ducati...sold cheaply to get you hooked!