Monster 796

M-796_2012_Studio_B_C01_1920x1280.mediagallery_output_image_1920x1080-e1349538320594-1024x6802014 Monster 796. MSRP $10,495.00

The Monster 796 has it all: outstanding style, performance and comfort. A joy-to-ride gem bursting with iconic Italian design.

The Monster 796 opens a new road to the world of Ducati Monster and becomes the ‘urban icon’ of hand-built Italian naked motorcycles.

The 796 engine is a completely brand new, lightweight Desmodue power unit designed to provide the torquey, smooth and enjoyable character famous of all Desmodromic L-Twins.

The ‘less-is-more’ philosophy behind all Monsters underlines Ducati’s never-ending pursuit of genuinely compact, high performance motorcycles, but these new models have succeeded in being even more ‘pared down’ than their predecessors. Every single component has been redesigned and redeveloped so now more than ever, form follows function. With any details detracting from the Monster concept being eliminated, ‘less-is-more’ also means ‘less-is-Monster’. Less weight plus more torque equals fun-filled riding.

An immensely strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame is the visual and structural backbone of the Monster. Delivering unparalleled rigidity with minimal mass, the chassis design is pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity. A separate, all aluminium sub-frame saves weight and adds a pleasing continuity with the aluminium footrest hangers and matte finished swingarm.

The triple-parabola headlight on the Monster utilises the latest optical technology and advanced construction techniques to provide an incredibly compact lighting package. In spite of its compact size, the headlight throws a broad and deep beam to provide excellent visibility and make night riding safer. Viewed from the side, its discrete silhouette mimics the radical shape of the fuel tank.

Technical specification


L-Twin, 2 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, air cooled
Bore x Stroke
88 x 66 mm
Compression ratio
64 kW (87 hp) @ 8,250 rpm
78 Nm (58 lb-ft) @ 6,250 rpm
Technical data referring to power and torque was measured on an engine test stand at Ducati.
Fuel injection
Electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter with twin lambda probes


6 speed
Primary drive
Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1
1st 32/13, 2nd 30/18, 3rd 28/21, 4th 26/23, 5th 22/22, 6th 24/26
Final drive
Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control


Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front suspension
43mm upside-down forks
Front wheel
Y-shaped, 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x17
Front Tyre
120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Rear suspension
Progressive linkage with preload and rebound adjustable monoshock
Rear wheel
Y-shaped, 5-spoke in light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre
180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Front wheel travel
120mm (4.7in)
Rear wheel travel
148mm (5.8in)
Front brake
2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston radial caliper
Rear brake
245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Digital unit displaying: Speedometer, rev counter, clock, scheduled maintenance warning, oil temperature, trip fuel, lap time, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, fuel reserve, neutral, turn signals, overrev, immobilizer. Ready for DDA system.

Dimensions and weight

Dry weight
167kg (369lb) / 169kg (373lb) ABS version
Weight data refers to the dry weight of the motorcycle without battery, lubricants and coolants for liquid-cooled models.
Wet weight (KERB)
187kg (412lb)
ABS wet weight (KERB)
188kg (414.5 lb)
Kerb weights indicate total bike weight with all operating consumable liquids and a fuel tank filled to 90% of capacity (as per EC standard 93/93).
Seat height
800mm (31.5in)
1450mm (57.1in)
87mm (3,42 in)
Fuel tank capacity
15l – 3.8 gallon (US) 13.5l – 3.6 gallon (US) ABS version
Number of seats
Dual seat


2 years unlimited mileage
Maintenance service intervals
7.500 m
Valve clearance check

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