Ducati’s Monster 821 has been overshadowed by the more recent introductions of the ultra-successful Scrambler lineup and the range-topping Monster 1200. New spy photos shot in Italy suggest that the 821 may be on its way out.

Earlier we reported on the addition of an air-cooled 803cc Monster to Ducati’s line, which will fill the bottom-end of the Monster range. We’ve heard rumors that it’s been difficult tuning the liquid-cooled 821 motor to meet the required Euro 4 regulations, and cramming in the 937cc lump from the Hypermotard 939 would be a simple swap and solution (since the Hyper 939 was preceded by a Hyper 821, this may have been the plan all along). This will allow Ducati to move the middle Monster further upmarket, resulting in what we believe is the Monster 939 seen in these spy photos.

Generally speaking, the Monster 939 appears quite similar to the potentially outgoing 821. The biggest visual distinction is the addition of the attractive single-sided swingarm from the existing Monster 1200, an upmarket move made possible by the introduction of the 803cc air-cooled Monster.

Generally speaking, the Monster 939 appears quite similar to the potentially outgoing 821. The biggest visual distinction is the addition of the attractive single-sided swingarm from the existing Monster 1200, an upmarket move made possible by the introduction of the 803cc air-cooled Monster.

We already know Ducati will be introducing a new Supersport 939 at EICMA, and we expect it will share a lot of the same components with the Monster 939. A photo of an S version of the Supersport 939 leaked from its private reveal at World Ducati Week, and it’s likely the Monster 939 will also receive an S trim level with high-quality Öhlins suspension.

Ducati Supersport S Leaked

We can expect Ducati’s full complement of electronic rider aids, including standard ABS, traction control and ride modes. The Monster 821 retails in America for $11,499, so this more powerful version with a single-sided swingarm will likely have a base MSRP around $12.5k.

More details will be known as we get closer to this fall’s moto show season of Intermot and EICMA.

Monster 1200 Strada?

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Also nabbed by the same photographer in Italy is an apparent spin-off from the Monster 1200, a revision that adds some additional comfort in the form of more relaxed ergonomics, a plusher seat and the addition of a windscreen. We guess it might be called a Monster 1200 Strada.

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Again, more details will become available during the moto show season this fall.

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  • Gabriel Owens

    The monster ” 1200 strada”, and motorcycles of its ilk , make my worm wiggle.

  • JMDonald

    Like a moth to a flame I am drawn to this new Monster. It is in my new top five. I need it. I want it. If it weighs in somewhere around 400 lbs. I will have to have it.

  • Old MOron

    This is a spy shot? Well, I guess the white background has been shopped in.
    Anyway, it’s pretty nice looking bike, but I lost interest in the monsters when they abandoned the complete trellis frame. This abbreviated job just doesn’t have the same grace and style. http://motorcycle.com.vsassets.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/082616-spy-photos-bmh-2017-Ducati-Monster-939-001.jpg

  • JMDonald

    The Monsters of today are must haves for any garage.

  • Born to Ride

    Hopefully Monster 1200 “Strada” is more than the addition of hideous nylon panniers and flyscreen like the Diavel. I would have thrown down for a 1200S if Givi made hard bags for it.

  • Thomas Adamo

    Are we sure that’s the 939 Monster? Note the hydraulic clutch reservoir on the handlebar. The 939 Hyper’s don’t have a hydraulic clutch. Nor do the spy photos of the 939 Supersport that’s coming.

    • Kevin Duke

      Sharp eyes, Thomas! A closer look also reveals an oil cooler larger than the one on the Hyper 939, so this may in fact be an updated 1200 Monster rather than a new 939.

      • Gaurav Jain

        Supersport did have hydraulic clutch in spy shots.

        • Thomas Adamo

          I just checked the spy photos again. I’m not seeing it. If it’s there, it’s certainly not up on the handlebar like the pictures of the 939 Monster.

          • Gaurav Jain

            here you go, you can spot a little reservoir inside the yellow box

          • Thomas Adamo

            That’s the brake reservoir on the other handlebar. Here’s a better picture that shows there’s no hydraulic clutch. And another that shows no clutch reservoir and a completely different single sided swingarm.

          • Gaurav Jain

            This is interesting, definitely swingarm is completely different, beefier… hydraulic clutch will be a welcome addition though if they add it and quickshifter more so…