When the Ducati Monster first appeared nearly 3 decades ago, it was seen by many as a thunderbolt in the industry. At the time, the concept of a naked bike was that of lackluster performance — purely function and nearly zero form — apart of course, from a few notable machines from the East. That being said, when Ducati unveiled a naked bike powered by their iconic Desmodromic superbike engine, to say that the world was taken by surprise would be a massive understatement.
Fast forward to the present day, and the Ducati Monster has enjoyed the top spot as the Italian marque’s best selling motorcycle — until, of course, the Ducati Scrambler snatched that title after debuting in the past decade. Nonetheless, Il Mostro remains a strong contender in the world of Naked bikes. So strong, in fact, that Ducati has unveiled the 2021 Ducati Monster, which, suffice to say, could quite possibly be the most monstrous Monster yet.
Adopting a ristretto, which literally translates to restricted, Ducati went out and stripped the bike of all non-essentials. The result? The lightest and leanest Ducati Monster the world has ever seen. This meant that the bike now delivers an elevated level of everyday fun with enough power to hold its own on a race track. Aesthetically speaking, the bike has undeniably lost a few pounds, but the unmistakable Monster aesthetic is nicely carried over.
Now, as far as power is concerned, the new 937cc Testatretta 11-degree motor churns out a manic 111 hp that ensures a lively and energetic response. The all-new chassis has been derived from the Panigale superbike and weighs an astonishing 3 kgs. Increased chassis stiffness and lower weight are achieved by using the engine as a stressed member, with everything held in place by a composite subframe that weighs just north of 2 kgs.
To top it all off, the new Ducati Monster now comes with a 4.3-inch full-color TFT dash, a full suite of LED lights, and a slew of electronic rider aids to make sure overly enthusiastic riders don’t throw themselves into oblivion. Cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, launch control, and a bidirectional quick shifter comprise said electronics. The suspension has also been revamped to feature a 43mm inverted fork and a preload-adjustable mono-shock outback. Lastly, stopping duties are carried out by a dual Brembo M4.32 monoblock 4-piston caliper setup and Brembo 2-piston floating caliper combination.
As of this writing, there has yet to be any announcement regarding the availability of the 2021 Ducati Monster 950 in the Philippine market. Given the fact that this bike is slated for launch in the US and Europe early next year, chances are that this bike will make it over here towards the latter half of 2021. Until then, we will most likely be best served by the outgoing Ducati Monster 821, which in itself is a stellar motorcycle with a sticker price of P855,000