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Once you get the hang of it, the Monster 797 will fail to excite you!

Verdict – In spite of ranking high in terms of styling, desirability and ride quality, the Monster 797 loses out on the performance and handling aspects. No doubt, the tamer power delivery and forgiving dynamics make it a great recipe for someone new to the world of superbikes. However, the essence of a Ducati Monster seems to be missing from this one. Long story short, you don’t get what you pay for! There are other products in the market which offer way more kit and thrill for a similar price. If you are hell bent on getting a Ducati, we advice you to take the Scrambler route or save up for the Monster 1200. There’s not much in this one that the Scrambler range won’t fulfill save for the Monster tag. Sadly, the void left by the Monster 821 in Ducati’s Indian portfolio is yet to be filled.

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Even with the visor that our bike came equipped with, windblast does create difficulties at high speeds

What’s Cool

* Compact design with top-notch quality all around
* Sorted ergonomics are a great match to the absorbent ride quality
* Stupendous braking ability
* Refined engine coupled with positive gearshifts

What’s Not So Cool

* Engine lacks outright punch, has subdued power delivery
* Grossly overpriced for the kit on offer
* Loose front end hampers confidence and stability
* Could become irrelevant with the relaunch of Monster 821 in India

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Although the exact figure isn’t disclosed, ground clearance is more than enough to tackle broken roads and speed breakers

Ducati Monster 797 Specifications

* Engine: 803cc, Air-Cooled, L-Twin, 4 Valve
* Power: 72.4 BHP @ 8250 RPM
* Torque: 67 Nm @ 5750 RPM
* Transmission: 6-speed Manual
* 0-100 km/hr: 4.5 seconds
* Top Speed: 210 km/hr
* Fuel Consumption: 18.8 km/litre
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Frame: Trellis
* Suspension: 43 mm USD Forks (Front), Offset Monoshock (Rear)
* Tyres: 120/70/17 (Front), 180/55/17 (Rear), Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
* Brakes: 320 mm Dual Disc (Front), 245 mm Disc (Rear), ABS

Ducati Monster 797 Dimensions

* Length x Width x Height: 2099 x 830 x 1080 mm (Est.)
* Wheelbase: 1435 mm
* Seat Height: 805 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.5-litres
* Kerb Weight: 193 kgs

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