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2015 Ducati Monster 821 Revealed
Just over six months after Ducati revealed its Monster 1200 at EICMA, the Italian manufacturer announced another new liquid-cooled member to its naked roadster line. Sharing the same 90° V-Twin engine as the Hyperstrada and Hypermotard, the new Monster 821 shares many design cues with its 1198cc sibling.
The 821cc Testastretta 11° engine, claiming 112 hp and 65.9 ft-lb., is housed in a steel trellis frame similar to that on the Monster 1200. The exhaust routing is also similar to the larger Monster, ending in similar stacked twin silencers on the right side.
The double-sided swingarm is one significant difference to the Monster 1200′s single-sided swingarm. Other visual differences include a tail-mounted license plate holder and the lack of a chin spoiler. Ducati claims a dry weight of 395.7 pounds. Ducati did not specify the seat height but did note that it is adjustable.
The Monster 821 comes with a ride-by-wire throttle control system that offers three ride modes, an eight-level traction control system and three-level anti-lock brake system.
The 2015 Ducati Monster 821 will start arriving in dealerships in July. Ducati will offer the 821 in Red with a red frame and black wheels or Star White Silk with a red frame and matte red wheels, both with color-matched seat covers. Ducati is also producing a Monster 821 Dark with black frame and glossy black wheels.
UPDATE: In the U.S., Ducati will offer the Red and Star White Silk Monster 821 for $11,495 while the Dark version comes in at $10,995.