The Ducati Monster 696 is a naked motorcycle. The smallest model in the Ducati Monster range, it was announced in November 2007, and officially launched in early April 2008 in Barcelona.
Since its launch in 1993, Ducati had sold over 200,000 Monsters, which at one time amounted to 60% of Ducati’s production. The initial Monster was cheap and easy to build and has remained so during its long life. Ducati’s “less-is-more” rationale of the Monster range aimed to combine high performance in a compact motorcycle. Ducati recently updated the Monster range, with redesigned components to improve performance and appearance.
The engine is the “Desmodue”, a 90° V-twin, 696 cc (42.5 cu in) 58.8 kW (78.9 hp) air-cooled engine with desmodromic valve actuation. A slipper clutch prevents locking of the rear wheel through clumsy down-shifting. Although Ducatis often use a dry clutch, this model has a 21-plate oil-bath “wet clutch” which weighs less, gives quieter operation, and needs less maintenance.
The Monster has a steel trellis frame and a lightweight aluminum sub-frame. The claimed dry weight is 161 kg (355 lb).
The seat height is 770 mm (30 in), which may make it easier for some riders to plant their feet firmly on the ground. This is a potential issue for inexperienced motorcyclists.
The Monster has Brembo brakes. The front has 320 mm floating discs have 4-piston, radially mounted calipers. The 245 mm rear floating disc have a twin-piston caliper. Anti-lock braking ABS is an option.