The Monster is one of Ducati's most timeless designs. Since being introduced in 1993, the Monster has been available in multiple iterations and now, the next-generation of the bike has been spied testing. From the looks of it, the upcoming Monster sports some rather monumental changes.
The biggest and most obvious change is the use of a cast aluminum frame in place of the distinctive trellis unit seen on nearly all of its predecessors. We can’t say for certain if this motorcycle will replace the existing Monster 797 or 821, but the former hasn’t received a major update in a while. The pictures also reveal that the test mule is powered by a liquid-cooled engine. Currently, the entry-level Monster 797 is the only one in the line-up that features an air-cooled engine, and if this is, in fact, the bike that replaces it, it could also be the last.
Next, there’s the twin-exit end pipe of the exhaust that doesn’t look quite as sleek as the one on the current Monster 797 or 821. However, this could just be a pre-production unit on the test mule and the final iteration of the bike could receive a neater-looking exhaust. Ducati also seems to have made design tweaks to the headlight and tail section of the bike.
These spy images don’t reveal much and we don’t know how much of it will make it to the production-ready iteration of the bike. However, what is certain is that the entry-level Monster is set to receive one of its most substantial updates yet.
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