Ducati India launched two models new to the Indian market. These are the new Monster 797 and new Multistrada 950, priced at Rs. 7.77 lakhs and Rs. 12.60 lakhs respectively (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
Both these motorcycles were unveiled globally at EICMA show in Milan, Italy, in 2016. The duo motorcycles are new entry-level model for the specific sub-brands, the company is trying to expand the series’ customer base by lowering its starting price point. The Monster is a naked street-fighter range, while the Multistrada is an adventure range from Ducati.
The Monster 797, the most accessible of the Ducati nakeds, borrows overall design from its elder siblings, with the fuel tank and headlamp housing being borrowed from the Monster 1200. There is no different riding modes or no traction control, however, it only gets ABS from the safety perspective. Ducati has also added slipper-clutch and the LCD display in the Monster 797’s equipment list.
The Monster 797 uses a powertain borrowed from Ducati Scrambler. This 803cc, air-cooled, L-twin engine that produces 75 HP of power and 69 Nm of torque is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. It has a Kayaba 43mm upside down fork suspension at the front and a Sachs monoshock with preload adjustment at the rear, which give it the ability to tackle any kind of road. It competes against the Kawasaki Z800 and Triumph Street Triple.
On the dual-purpose side of things, with an emphasis on the “go anywhere” aspect is the Multistrada 950. It is available in two colours – Ducati Red and Star White Silk, and four accessory pack options – Touring, Sport, Enduro and Urban. The Multistrada 950 borrows most of bodywork from Multistrada 1200, but rear grab rail, rider seat, swingarm and exhaust are being shared with the Multistrada Enduro.
Powering the Multistrada 950 is a 937cc L-twin, that produces 113 HP and 96 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Standard on the Multistrada 950 is power and riding modes, and the Ducati Safety Pack which provides ABS and traction control. The suspension setup of the Multistrada 950 includes 48 mm a KYB upside down fork at the front and a Sachs monoshock at the rear. It rivals head-on with the Triumph Tiger 800.
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GALLERY: 2017 Ducati Monster 797
GALLERY: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950