Ducati Monster 821 overview

If Ducati were trying to create a naked sports bike which was easy to ride, with the perfect balance of weight, power, torque and handling then they got it exactly spot on with the Monster 821.  This bike is a down-sized Monster 1200 and it really does tick all the boxes.  The engine is a Hypermotard V-twin which sounds beautiful from the moment you fire it up along with delivering exactly what is needed.  You can ride the Monster 821 in the city, for commuting or for hitting the open road with smooth and light handling no matter what road surface you take to.  Owners report a little bit of vibration when in a low gear but it isn’t something which distracts and compared with what the motor does put out, it’s something which can easily be overlooked.

Looks are also something worth mentioning here; for a naked bike the Monster 821 certainly draws the eye despite the chassis being a little more basic than the 1200 and there is double-sided swingarm which has been made shorter to help with the steering.  The Monster 821 handles itself so well, and so easily, that it’s the perfect option for a newer rider looking to purchase their first ‘big’ bike, it really doesn’t take much experience at all to get the Monster 821 to perform like a dream.

Ducati’s are known for being well made and for retaining their value, with few issues worth mentioning as long as they are regularly serviced.  These are reliable bikes which will keep on going as long as you look after it.

Ducati Monster 821 spec

Seat height785mm
Weight179kg
EngineLiquid cooled, V-twin, 8v
Capacity821cc
Average fuel consumption45mpg
Top speed140mph
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Owner Reviews

Submitted by:SteveReview Date: May 2017
Comfort
Nice and comfy wide seat, a little hard on my middle aged wrists. Don't carry a pillion so can't comment.
Ride Quality
Sporty but pliable, corners really well. Especially on the Pirelli rubber.
Build Quality & Reliability
Beautifully made and designed. Have had a few problems, but so far Ducati have looked after me.
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Perfect balance of weight, handling, power and torque. Sounds amazing. I love it.
Brake Rating
Brembos all round; twin disc at the front, have never felt under braked.
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Pros CommentsLooks, sound, engine, handling. Pretty much perfect. Slight question mark about term reliability. Beautiful mix of power presence noise and attitude. Just as a Monster should be.
Cons CommentsHonestly can't think of anything. Well, maybe better mirrors?
Submitted by:YuriReview Date: May 2017
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Pros CommentsAn excellent bike with amazing build quality and a character no other naked bikes can match. The exhaust note and downright power. It also is a looker and definitely one of the best looking naked bikes.
Cons CommentsFueling could be better as well as throttle response. The rear brake is also pretty weak compared to Japanese bikes but the front brakes are a beast.

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