Minggu, 08 Mei 2011

2011 Ducati Monster 796 Review

Posted at 03.21 by purtini

Ducati has released an early look at its first 2011 model – the new Monster 796. His insatiable thirst for life is only surpassed by his monthly fuel bill. Whether rocketing on land, flying through the air, or jumping the seas, our Associate Editor does it all and has the scars to prove it.

Italian motorcycle manufacturer, 2011 Ducati Monster 796 First Ride has released its first new model of the season: the 2011 Ducati Monster 796. This mid-range street bike fills the void between the entry-level personality of the Monster 696 and the advanced road performance of the Monster 1100. With a base price of $9995, the 796 is a sensible choice for motorcyclists looking for an amusing and easy-to-maneuver motorbike that’s ideal for jaunting in-or-around the city.

Slotting in the center of the existing 696 and 1100 models, the 796 features an 803mm capacity by virtue of the same 88mm bore of the 696 Monster, but with a longer 66mm stroke (compared to 57.2mm), also benefitting from a raised compression ratio of 11:1 (10.7:1 on the 696). Internally it gets an 848-style lightened flywheel, while an oil cooler is fitted to manage engine temperature.

Externally, the 796 Desmodue engine employs completely redesigned crankcases, said to save 2.64-lbs over the Monster 696 engine castings, which is a major part of the 4.2-lb total weight saving over the 696 powerplant.

Exiting spent gasses is a new 2-1-2 exhaust system that sheds pounds by utilizing 1mm thick wall tubing extensively, also featuring twin lambda probes and regulating valve to comply with Euro 3 emission standards. As a result the new Monster is claimed to produce a healthy 87 hp and 58 lb-ft of torque.

An APTC wet clutch gives a ‘slipper-type’ action, while not actually being a full back-torque-limiting unit. It also quiets the overall engine noise and provides a lighter clutch lever pull. Service intervals of 7,500 miles aid in keeping overall maintenance costs down.

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