Ducati Monster 696
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|Also called||Monster 696|
|Predecessor||Ducati Monster 695|
|Engine||696 cc (42.5 cu in), 2 valves per cylinder desmodromic air cooled 90° V-twin|
|Bore / stroke||88.0 mm × 57.2 mm (3.46 in × 2.25 in)|
|Power||80 hp (60 kW) @ 9,000 rpm|
|Torque||69 N·m (50.9 lb·ft) @ 7,750 rpm|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis frame|
|Suspension||Front: Showa 43 mm upside-down fork
Rear: Progressive linkage with preload and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshock
|Brakes||Front: Two 320 mm (13 in) discs, radial 4-piston calipers
Rear: 245 mm (9.6 in) disc, 2-piston caliper
|Tires||Front: 120/60 ZR 17
Rear: 160/60 ZR 17
|Wheelbase||1,452 mm (57.2 in)|
|Dimensions||L 2,100 mm (83 in)
|Seat height||770 mm (30 in)|
|Weight||163 kg (359 lb) (dry)
|Fuel capacity||15 l (3.3 imp gal; 4.0 US gal) including 3.5 l (0.77 imp gal; 0.92 US gal) reserve|
Since its launch in 1993, Ducati had sold over 200,000 Monsters, which at one time[when?] amounted to 60% of Ducati's production. The initial Monster was cheap and easy to build and has remained so during its long life. Ducati's "less-is-more" rationale of the Monster range aimed to combine high performance in a compact motorcycle. Ducati recently updated the Monster range, with redesigned components to improve performance and appearance.
Engine and drivetrain
The engine is the "Desmodue", a 90° V-twin, 696 cc (42.5 cu in) 58.8 kW (78.9 hp) air-cooled engine with desmodromic valve actuation. A slipper clutch prevents locking of the rear wheel through clumsy down-shifting. Although Ducatis often use a dry clutch, this model has a 21-plate oil-bath "wet clutch" which weighs less, gives quieter operation, and needs less maintenance.
Frame and body
The seat height is 770 mm (30 in), which may make it easier for some riders to plant their feet firmly on the ground. This is a potential issue for inexperienced motorcyclists.
The Monster has Brembo brakes. The front has 320 mm floating discs have 4-piston, radially mounted calipers. The 245 mm rear floating disc have a twin-piston caliper. Anti-lock braking ABS is an option.
- Frank Melling (April 7, 2008). "2008 Ducati Monster 696 First Ride". Motorcycle USA. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "2014 Ducati Monster 696". Top Speed. February 25, 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Ducati 696 technical specification". Ducati Canada. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Ducati 696 chassis". Ducati Canada. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
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