Without any doubt, the Monster 797 has been the most affordable offer from the den of Ducati. However, we won’t say the same thing for the Scrambler range. The model was not launched in India and riding it on our Indian terrain gave us a completely different experience.
Ducati Monster 797 has been integral to the manufacturer’s range of motorcycles in India. Scrambler series apart, the Italian brand did not have any offer for the first-time performance two-wheeler buyers. And then came Monster 797! In times of launch, Ducati claimed it to be the perfect motorcycle to upgrade from 300-400cc bikes. They even went further to assert that the model has all the makings to enter into the bracket of big bikes. Let us find out if it is only tall talk or there is any truth in their claim.
If you own a Kawasaki Ninja 300 or KTM 390 Duke and want to upgrade, Monster 797 will look appealing. It shares the signature design and style of the Monster range. Like others in the league, it sports bulbous fuel tank, fat tires, fat forks and a trellis frame (it remains exposed). It grabs attention – no doubt about that. If you like to flaunt off your big bike, it deserves a thumbs up!
With a collage of a few fancy features, Ducati Monster 797 is an excellent entry-level big motorcycle. There is no traction control, fancy electronics, riding modes or ride-by-wire. However, the bike includes a switchable Bosch ABS unit. The bike features an LCD display that has no gear position indicator. Ducati made it for the first-time big motorbike buyers and for that reason, an instrument control would have been an excellent addition.
But, it has all the bare essentials! That means it includes the followings:
- 43mm Kayaba forks upfront
- An off-set rear Sachs monoshock
- Brembo Monobloc M4.32 calipers along with four pistons upfront on a 245mm disc at the rear and 320mm twin discs
- Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires (a 180/55/ZR17 at the rear and a 120/70/ZR17 unit at the front)
Ducati Monster 797 also sports an LED positioning lamp anchored on the headlamp. In addition, it also features an LED tail lamp as well as a USB socket planted under the seat. There is an option to configure the bike with the DMS (Ducati Multimedia System).
What about performance?
According to many buyers, the engine feels punchy. The manufacturer has designed Monster 797 to pick up speed on low RPMs. Another interesting feature about the bike is it delivers powerful performance but only in a measured way, as swift changes would have terrified the newbie. The bike easily dispatches three-digit speed. The bike is vibrant and without any doubt, a perfect pick to entertain the first-time buyers spending on a big bike.
On hard acceleration, you will feel vibrations quickly reaching to you through the fuel tank and your firm palm grips. The most annoying problem of Ducati Monster 797 is the engine producing massive heat adds to pollution. It also makes things most irritating and uncomfortable when you are trapped in a traffic jam.