The Italian manufacturer has done something it has never done before – launch a market specific model in the form of the Ducati Monster 795. While initial impressions were positive, we decided to straddle the bike for a full road test.
The 795 looks smashing from every angle. It has all the right elements to get you drooling %u2013 the round headlight upfront, delicately sliced by the strip of daytime running LEDs, the curvy fuel tank, the trademark red trellis frame, minimal bodywork et al.
All the parts on the motorcycle are manufactured essentially at the Ducati factory in Bologna and are only shipped to Thailand for assembly. Fit and finish are near perfect and nothing on the motorcycle feels sub-standard in quality.
The Monster 795 uses the same 803cc, 90-degree V-twin, air-cooled engine as the Monster 796. Power and torque figures are identical - 87PS at 8250rpm and 78Nm at 6250rpm, which is what makes this motorcycle a real Monster.
This engine is a brilliant performer, and the Monster 795 is happy doing whatever it is asked to %u2013 you can cruise at 120-130kmph without thrashing the engine, or ride it like a maniac revving it hard.
The Monster accelerates from 30 to 70kmph in 4.75 seconds in third gear, and from 40 to 100kmph in 6.96 seconds in fourth gear, the number increasing to 8.14 seconds in fifth.
Twin 320mm Brembo discs up front ensure the Monster stops quickly whenever you need to, coming to a full-stop from 100kmph in 3.4 seconds, covering 52.16 metres in the process.
At Rs 6.99 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, it does not burn a hole in your wallet. Its nearest competitors are the Kawasaki Ninja 650R and the Hyosung GT650N, and despite being more expensive, the Monster 795 is a lot more fun and involving to ride.