Shock and horror - Monster to ditch its trellis frame?

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Words: NZ Autocar
14 Sep 2020

Ducati, the inventors of the first naked bike, the Monster, are evidently working on a new Monster 821, and renders of what it could look like, by UK’s MCN, suggest it will dispense with the steel trellis frame.

This is not a flight of fancy because spy shots of a middleweight bike with an alloy frame appeared some months ago, although back then it wasn’t clear which bike Ducati was developing.

It would seem now, however, that its a new lightweight Monster the Bologna-based bike maker is working on, up against middleweights like the KTM 790 Duke - which is soon to become the 890 - and the Triumph Street Triple/Trident, along with Yamaha’s evergreen MT-09.

The alloy frame will mean not only a substantial weight saving but also an infusion of Panigale mana.

Ducati is neither confirming nor denying the news, but to be competitive it will want to maintain its current pricing. Here in New Zealand the Monster 659 LAMS bike kicks off at $13,685. The 821 is $18,975.

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