As far as entry-level bikes go, the Scrambler is the closest Ducati has to one. Problem is, it’s not the kind of bike you’re buying if you’re looking for an accessible bike with a sporty pedigree. Truth be told, Ducati doesn’t have anything on the lineup anymore that satisfies that niche. At least, they didn’t. That changes with the new Ducati Monster 797.
Sporting a design inspired by the early Monster muscle bikes of the 90s, it pairs beastly aesthetics (I mean, look at that muscular tank) with highly accessible riding mechanics, ensuring it brings enough power to make for fun and engaging riding without scaring off less experienced riders. According to the outfit, it signifies a return to the practical design of the early models, providing riders with carefree enjoyment on any road.
The Ducati Monster 797 is built around the same 803cc air-cooled engine found on the Scrambler, producing 75 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque. Designed for reliable performance, it gets a one-piece trellis frame, a double-sided swingarm, a non-adjustable Kayaba 43mm fork, a Sachs rear shock, and wide handlebars that provide a wide steering angle for excellent agility in traffic. It has a seat height of just 31.7 inches, making it easier to handle even for shorter riders, with a weight of 425 pounds when wet, so it shouldn’t be that hard to handle even in the middle of rush hour. Other features include a six-speed gearbox, ABS brakes, 10-spoke light alloy wheels, Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, and Brembo brakes.