Ducati Monster 696
|Also called||Il Mostro|
|Parent company||Volkswagen Group|
|Engine||695.79 cc (42.460 cu in), 2 valve, 2 cyl, 4 stroke desmodromic air cooled 90° V-twin|
|Bore / stroke||88.0 mm × 57.2 mm (3.46 in × 2.25 in)|
|Power||80 hp (58.8 kW) @ 9000 rpm|
|Torque||69 Nm (50 ft-lb) at 7750 rpm|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis frame|
|Suspension||Front: Showa (later Marzocchi) 43 mm upside-down fork|
Rear: Sachs Progressive linkage with preload and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshock
|Brakes||Front: Two 320 mm (13 in) discs, Brembo radial 4-piston calipers|
Rear: One 245 mm (9.6 in) disc, Brembo 2-piston caliper
|Tires||Pirelli Angel ST|
Front: 120/60 ZR 17
Rear: 160/60 ZR 17
|Wheelbase||1,450 mm (57 in)|
|Dimensions||L: 2,100 mm (83 in)|
W: 780 mm (31 in)
|Seat height||770 mm (30 in)|
|Weight||161 kg (355 lb) |
163 kg (359 lb) ABS Ver. (dry)
185 kg (408 lb) (wet)
|Fuel capacity||15 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
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. 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° L-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 benefit for inexperienced motorcyclists.
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. Anti-lock braking system (ABS) is optional.
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