With a pocketful of spy shots as proof, we sleuthy MOrons proudly scooped the news a few months ago that Ducati was planning to produce a new air-cooled Monster (2017 Ducati Monster 800 Spy Shots). Today at EICMA, Ducati presented the production version. The 2017 Monster 797 borrows the air-cooled 803cc L-Twin from Ducati’s Scrambler models and repackages it for use in its newest naked.

With a bore and stroke of 88mm x 66mm, and using a single 50mm throttle body with two sub-butterfly injectors, Ducati claims 75 hp at 8,250 rpm and 50.9 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,750 rpm from the Monster’s engine. When we last dyno’d a Scrambler Icon model (Scrambler Slam: Ducati Vs Triumph) with the same engine, the results were a respectably similar 69.6 hp at 8,500 rpm and 46.5 lb.-ft. at 7,000 rpm.

A visually more pleasing air-cooled Monster is unuglified by the removal of the unsightly cooling lines hampering the liquid-cooled Monsters. However, the more affordable Monster does lose the single-side swingarm.

A visually more pleasing air-cooled Monster is unuglified by the removal of the unsightly cooling lines hampering the liquid-cooled Monsters. However, the more affordable Monster does lose the single-side swingarm.

The Monster 797 mounts twin Brembo M432, 4-piston monoblock calipers and 320mm discs to the front of the bike, and a single 245mm disc and Brembo caliper to the rear. Both ends feature Bosch ABS. Front suspension is via a 43mm inverted Kayaba fork, while rear suspension duties are handled by a Sachs shock absorber with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.

Pirelli Diablo Rosso II dual-compound tires are mounted to 10-spoke alloy wheels in 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 front and rears sizes, respectively. The Monster 797 features a traditional tubular Ducati trellis frame, while the headlight, indicators, and LCD instrumentation are characterized by contemporary design and current technological trends.

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Press materials priced the Ducati Red with red frame and black wheels Monster 797 at $9,295, and the Star White Silk with red frame and red wheels Monster 797 at $9,395. No price was given for the Dark Stealth with black frame and black wheels model (may not be coming stateside).

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  • JMDonald

    It’s less than ten but more than nine. Maybe. Just maybe.

    • Born to Ride

      Great price point and really really good looking compared to the M796 with its full trellis frame. Sad that it loses its SSSA with that price tag though.

      • JMDonald

        Yeah. That might be a deal killer. I thought that too.

  • AJ Kopczyk

    Huh? My Monster 696 produced 80hp? How is this down on power?

    • Born to Ride

      Your monster 696 made 65-68hp at the wheel. Ducati was waaaay optimistic on that claim. This will perform identical to the scrambler most likely, so expect 70hp at the wheel. The 1100 was rated for 95 and made 85hp for reference.

      • Sylvain

        Ducati claim refers to power at the crank, not at the wheel thus the difference you get when dyno’d.

  • Gabriel Owens

    How much does it weigh?

    • Kenneth

      Ducati’s website shows a wet weight of 425 pounds (386 pounds “dry”).

      • Gabriel Owens

        Not too bad. But at that price I can think of a few bikes I’d rather have instead.

  • Starmag

    Good looking naked Italian that could only be improved by by having one sitting on it.

    • schizuki

      Madone! Not this one.

      • Starmag

        La mia preferenza. Yours?

  • schizuki

    First question I have to ask with any Duc – steel fuel tank, or plastic?

    • Born to Ride

      All the monsters since Gen 4 have had steel tanks. And the expansion problem was mitigated by going to a fuel cell on the gen 3. Only the gen 2 monsters had a huge problem. But, I guess it doesn’t say, so they could’ve used the corporate “go-stupid” tactic and brought back a plagued design.

      • schizuki

        Thanks! Good info.

  • TheMarvelous1310

    Nice! I was wondering if they would ever do anything else with that Scrambler engine. They went and did the best thing they could!

    • Born to Ride

      An air cooled multistrada 800 would be great too.