Ducati Monster 696

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Ducati Monster 696
White Ducati Monster 696 front closeup.jpg
Manufacturer Ducati
Also called Monster 696
Production since 2008
Predecessor Ducati Monster 695
Class Naked bike
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)
Compression ratio 10.6:1
Power 80 hp (60 kW) @ 9,000 rpm[citation needed]
Torque 69 N·m (50.9 lb·ft) @ 7,750 rpm[citation needed]
Transmission 6 speed
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)[citation needed] (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

The Ducati Monster 696 is a naked motorcycle. The smallest model in the Ducati Monster range, it was announced in November 2007, and officially launched in early April 2008 in Barcelona.


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.[1] 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.[2]


Engine and drivetrain[edit]

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.[3] 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.[3]

Frame and body[edit]

The Monster has a steel trellis frame and a lightweight aluminum subframe. The claimed dry weight is 161 kg (355 lb).[4]

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.[4]


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.[4] Anti-lock braking ABS is an option.[2]


  1. ^ Frank Melling (April 7, 2008). "2008 Ducati Monster 696 First Ride". Motorcycle USA. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "2014 Ducati Monster 696". Top Speed. February 25, 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Ducati 696 technical specification". Ducati Canada. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ducati 696 chassis". Ducati Canada. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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