More news from Bologna: Ducati says its new Monster models should be in showrooms very soon, and there’s also a teaser about a new Scrambler model coming—one that’s aimed at offroad capability, it’s hinted.
There isn’t much information on the new Scrambler, just a teaser on the Ducati website showing an offroad burnout and the promise of a model reveal on March 10 (this coming Wednesday). What will the new bike be? Currently, the Desert Sled is the most offroad-friendly machine in the Scrambler lineup, running the 803 cc L-twin engine. Maybe we’ll see an 1100 version of the Desert Sled? As Ducati says, stay tuned.
The 2020 motorcycle production season was interrupted by COVID-19, with factories shut down because of the pandemic. The OEMs are going great guns for 2021, though; Ducati’s got the Monster in production, and says machines will start arriving in North American showrooms by April.
The Ducati Monster lineup saw considerable change last fall, when the company announced it was paring the series down to one platform. Previously, Ducati sold Monsters in multiple engine configurations. Going forward, it will only sell a version based around the 950 Testastretta L-twin engine.
This engine makes 110 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque. Not earth-shaking, but an improvement over the older machines. It’s Euro5-legal, which is the reason for the changeover to the new engine. It has much longer maintenance intervals when compared to Ducati’s older designs. Ducati says oil changes can now be done every 15,000 kilometres, and valve adjustments come every 30,000 kilometres (9,320 miles, and 18,640 miles). That should significantly reduce the cost of ownership.
The modern engine comes with modern equipment—up/down quickshifter, and a ride-by-wire throttle that works with an IMU to provide a modern electronic safety system, with launch/wheelie/traction control and leaning ABS to help keep you out of trouble.
That’s somewhat expected for a latest-gen naked bike, but Ducati also ditched the Monster’s traditional trellis frame. Now, the Monster has a Panigale-style chassis, with the headstock, swingarm, and other frame components bolted directly to the engine. With this tactic, the engineers managed to drop the bike’s dry weight to 366 pounds. For comparison, the previous 821 Monster weighed almost 410 pounds dry.
You can find more details on the model update in ADVrider’s article here.
Ducati prices the Monster at $11,895 in the US, while the Monster Plus (fancy finish is the only difference) will cost $12,195. The Monster Plus arrives at US dealers in May, but Canadian customers see it in April, same as the standard Monster. Canucks will pay $13,495 CAD for the standard Monster, or $13,895 for the Monster Plus model.