2018 Ducati Monster 821 makes global debut at the EICMA show

The 2018 version is slightly less powerful than its predecessor.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Monster family, Ducati has unveiled the 2018 Monster 821 at the 2017 EICMA show.

Most of the updates are visual and the mid-size naked sportsbike now looks more like the bigger Monster 1200. The 2018 Ducati Monster 821 ditches the LCD instrument console in favor of the 1200’s larger TFT dashboard with gear indicator. The fuel tank, tail piece and headlamp too have been inspired by the flagship Monster.

The 821 cc L-Twin liquid-cooled Testastretta engine produces marginally less power and torque outputs compared to its predecessor at 110.5 PS at 9,250 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm respectively. The motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox which is now available with an optional quick shifter mechanism. Considering that the previous version itself was Euro 4 compliant, it’s strange that Ducati decided to tune down the engine for 2018, that too without any fuel economy improvement.

Chassis, suspension and braking system have been carried forward without much changes. As far as electronics go, the 2018 Ducati Monster is available with 3-stage Bosch ABS, 8-stage traction control system, 3 engine power modes and optional Bluetooth connectivity.

The 2018 Ducati Monster is one of the 5 new or upgraded motorcycles Ducati has showcased at EICMA 2017.