Ducati Monster 696

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Ducati Monster 696
Ducati Monster 696 2013.jpg
Also calledIl Mostro
Parent companyVolkswagen Group
PredecessorMonster 695
SuccessorMonster 797
Engine695.79 cc (42.460 cu in), 2 valve, 2 cyl, 4 stroke desmodromic air cooled 90° V-twin
Bore / stroke88.0 mm × 57.2 mm (3.46 in × 2.25 in)
Compression ratio10.7:1
Power80 hp (58.8 kW) @ 9000 rpm
Torque69 Nm (50 ft-lb) at 7750 rpm
Transmission6 speed
Frame typeTubular steel trellis frame
SuspensionFront: Showa (later Marzocchi) 43 mm upside-down fork
Rear: Sachs Progressive linkage with preload and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshock
BrakesFront: Two 320 mm (13 in) discs, Brembo radial 4-piston calipers
Rear: One 245 mm (9.6 in) disc, Brembo 2-piston caliper
TiresPirelli Angel ST
Front: 120/60 ZR 17
Rear: 160/60 ZR 17
Wheelbase1,450 mm (57 in)
DimensionsL: 2,100 mm (83 in)
W: 780 mm (31 in)
Seat height770 mm (30 in)
Weight161 kg (355 lb)
163 kg (359 lb) ABS Ver. (dry)
185 kg (408 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity15 l (3.3 imp gal; 4.0 US gal)
13.5 l (3.0 imp gal; 3.6 US gal) ABS Ver. including 3.5 l (0.77 imp gal; 0.92 US gal) reserve

The Ducati Monster 696 is a standard or "naked" motorcycle, made by Ducati from 2008 through 2014.


Since its launch in 1993, Ducati had sold over 200,000 Monsters, which at one time 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° L-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)(non-ABS).[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 benefit for inexperienced motorcyclists.[4]

Brembo Front Right Brake Caliper on a 2013 Ducati Monster 696 non-ABS
Brembo Front Right Brake Caliper on a 2013 Ducati Monster 696 non-ABS


The Monster's brake system components including master cylinders and discs are supplied by Brembo. The front has 320 mm floating dual discs and radially mounted 4 piston Brembo p4.32 calipers. The 245 mm rear solid disc have a two-piston p34 caliper.[4] Anti-lock braking system (ABS) is optional.[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". TopSpeed.com. February 25, 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Ducati 696 technical specification". Ducati Canada. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Ducati 696 chassis". Ducati Canada. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.

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