Ducati announced an update to the Monster 821, making it look more like the Monster 1200, including the larger model’s TFT screen. The model refresh comes on the 25th anniversary of the Ducati Monster family, and will be the first of five new or updated motorcycles Ducati will showcase in a couple of weeks at EICMA.

The Ducati Monster 821 receives a new tail design that looks similar to the Monster 1200. The 821 also gets the larger Monster’s round headlight with a halogen bulb with LED “horseshoe” side lights, as well as the 1200’s fuel tank, which unfortunately also reduces fuel capacity from 4.6 gallons to 4.36 gallons. The tank does add an attachment clip, a nod to the original M900.

The exhaust also looks similar to the unit on the Monster 1200. The engine remains unchanged, but the new silencer does reduce the 821’s performance numbers, reducing the claimed peak power from 110.5 hp to 107.3 hp at 9250 rpm, while claimed torque output is reduced from 65.9 lb-ft. to 63.4 lb-ft. It’s an odd choice, considering the 2017 Monster 821 was already Euro 4 compliant, and the changes actually increase emissions slightly while reducing fuel economy by 1.7 mpg to 43.5 mpg.

The Monster 821 will again offer three power modes, an eight-level traction control system, and a three-level Bosch ABS system.

Ducati replaced the old model’s LCD display with a full color TFT display with fuel gauge and gear indicator. Bluetooth connectivity is available with an optional add-on. Other changes include separate rider and passenger foot peg mounts, while a quick shifter is now available as an optional accessory.

The 2018 Monster 821’s chassis is fairly similar to last year’s model. Suspension remains the same 43mm upside-down fork and adjustable rear shock with progressive linkage. The braking system is also the same, with radially-mounted Brembo M4-32 monoblock four-piston calipers and twin 320mm rotors up front and 245mm rotor and two-piston caliper at the rear.

The 2018 Ducati Monster 821 will be offered  for $11,995 with three color options: red with matching trellis frame, black with a black frame, or yellow with a black frame.

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  • TheMarvelous1310

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but is that motor also in the Hypermotards and Scramblers in different displacements?

    • Born to Ride

      Hypermotard yes, scrambler no. The monster 797 shares an engine with the scrambler. Hypermotard is testastretta, but has about an extra 100cc. I was expecting the 821 to graduate to 929 this year. Instead they downgraded every aspect of the bikes engine performance for no reason since, like it says in the article, the bike was already euro4 compliant to my knowledge.

      • Gabriel Owens

        Ikr. And look at that exhaust. Omg.

        • hunkyleepickle

          parts bin exhaust, same as the one that comes on the 1200 models. Meaning in theory this new 821 might actually sound worse than the outgoing 821. Prior to this, the 821 had the best stock ducati sound, even better than the 1200 models.

  • Jordan Andrew

    Nice upgrades but IMO still hard to beat the new Trumpet 765RS…

    • Born to Ride

      Upgrades? Where?

    • JMDGT

      Nothing beats the RS.

      • Gabriel Owens

        The R beats the rs in some folks opinion.

        • Born to Ride

          Why? Because of the cam timing? Do you have a link to an article because I’ve been curious about that myself,

          • Gabriel Owens

            Yes. Not sure where i saw it. But a British motorcycle publication recently dyno’d the R and compared charts with the rs. In everyday street riding the mid range torque of the R seems more usable. The rs, while equipped with better products, is far more track focused. The better components seem worthwhile but will never be fully appreciated during normal strreet use. If you want a bike for everyday riding and aggressive canyon carving get the R. If you want a bike that will get to see the track quite often get the rs. Just my take on it. Right now, this might just be the best “pure” motorcycle on tge market. And im tempted.

          • Born to Ride

            I remember seeing the launch literature and noting that the peak torque figures on the R came 1000rpm or lower in the rev range, a significant difference in the tuning of the engine. I’ve been meaning to book a test ride for both bikes to see if the seat of the pants impression is significant. For me, the ohlins shock is a pretty significant upgrade. My favorite road has some pretty jagged midcorner bumps at various locations along the 14 mile stretch. Tuneable suspension is worth its weight in gold when it comes to enjoyment for me.

          • TriumphRider87

            As an owner of an RS, I do have to say I sometimes wish I’d waited and gotten the R. While I love Ohlins (first had on a Speedy R, love it here too, but remember unlike on the Speedy R which has Ohlins front & back, the fork on the Street RS is still Showa, and I think the same as on the R) and the M50’s are always the cat’s meow, the engine character is pure track. Rev it to the moon and hold on tight. Brembo M4.32(?) and Showa front & back as a trade-off for a more street-able torque curve would probably suit my riding style & use better.

            In other words, I’m agreeing with Gabriel that the R is probably the better choice for the street.

          • Born to Ride

            I really wish they included an ohlins fork instead of the M50s if I’m being perfectly honest. Not only is the ohlins fork wonderful in action(I’ve owned 2), but it is also amazingly easy to service the seals and oil. It takes me less than 30 minutes a leg to replace a seal, bleed the cartridge, and level the fluid once it’s off the bike, AND no specialty tools required but a 5$ pin spanner from harbor freight. I’m all about that DYI life man.

          • Gabriel Owens

            I wish i could be but my GOD, work man. Plus maintaining a house, 2 bikes. It never stops. Non stop 12 hour work days just consumes everything. But its good to be healthy once again and back at work.

          • Gabriel Owens

            Ahhh….sweet sweet victory.

        • JMDGT

          Good point. The RS component upgrades over the R are the best the industry has to offer.

  • Born to Ride

    How was this an upgrade? It loses power, loses torque, loses range, loses its legible LCD display for a worthless-in-the-sun TFT display. Basically a step back in every way. Baffling move by Ducati.

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    • Ulysses Araujo

      Changes in engine power may be related to the new measuring method Ducati is now using, I remember people complained about that in the Panigale final edition but the internals didn’t change.

      • DickRuble

        Indeed previous measurements where in Italian system, where 5 inches are considered 9 1/2 when reporting.

        • mugwump

          You Sir have elicited laughter.

        • Born to Ride

          Is that a dick joke or did I miss the joke Dick?

      • Sayyed Bashir

        VW probably cleaned up their emissions calculating software.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Probably to meet Euro4 or Euro5 requirements.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    12K???

    Who do they think they are HD?

    It has cruise control right? With all that tech they can at least put that as a gimmie.

    • Max Wellian

      Fat Bob is $20k. I’d say their smile/$ ratio is still high.

    • Born to Ride

      I don’t think it’s ride by wire, could be wrong though. 12 grand is a lot for this bike, considering it’s extremely high performance natural competitor, but it can’t cost much less to produce than the 1200 model. I’d be willing to bet Ducati has less profit in this bike than anything else they sell.

      • denchung

        It is ride-by-wire.

      • Sayyed Bashir

        They should make it in Thailand.

    • wolzybk

      The original Monster M900, back in 1993, was $10K out the door, which is over $17K in today’s dollars. So in the 821, you have a much more capable bike, for much less money in adjusted $ — I’d say that’s a bargain.

  • Kenneth

    Looking at the plentiful assortment of photos supplied, it seems Ducati isn’t very enthusiastic about showing us the LEFT side of the bike. ‘Wonder why?

  • Max Wellian

    All this talk about a few lbs or hp. Is it going to win you a trophy or something? The best news is, they brought back their best color ever after what a decade or more?
    Long may the bumble bee fly!

    • Born to Ride

      That’s fair, it was just glaring that they made seemingly unnessesary changes to the bike that actually hurts it’s performance across the board. It does look a bit nicer though doesn’t it?

      • Max Wellian

        Tail look really good. The left side looks a little busy, but at least it’s mostly black and the hoses and such don’t stand out much.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          No wonder! Out of 70 odd pictures only one (a dark one) shows the left side of the bike. Ducati has always had a problem with hiding the hoses. Looks like the entrails of a rodent. How do other bike manufacturers do it?

          • Max Wellian

            The mfgs that showcase their powerplants namely Harleys and Injuns don’t use them. Most other bikes either just let you deal with ugly at the right price (Yami FZ07) or cover it up with a fairing.
            Triumph appears to use vanishing cream. Maybe someday they’ll share some with others…

          • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

            the only dumb thing Triumph does is use those fake Monoblocs on their retro models

          • Sayyed Bashir

            I have the KTM 1190 Adventure R and the Suzuki Bandit 1250S, both of which are water cooled but don’t have these ugly hoses.

      • Gabriel Owens

        I prefer the 17.

        • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

          me too,but i’m no expert on Ducati

  • Old MOron

    Hmm, expensive. Oh well, let’s see if it’s worth it. Throw it into a battle royale with both of Aprilia’s 900’s, the Z900, the Street Triple, the FZ-09, Duke 790, and anything else you can get your MOronic hands on.

    • Born to Ride

      I think the STRS will take sport bike honors, Z900 takes value, and somehow the KTM wins by virtue of doing the best wheelies to something.

      • Old MOron

        IIRC Ducati has a new pussified policy about not participating in shootouts. So this Monster gets last place.

        As for the others, “What’s wrong with a kiss, boy? Why not start her off with a nice kiss? You don’t have to go leaping straight for the clitoris!”

        • Born to Ride

          you’re repressing me! I feel Repressed!

          • Old MOron

            Very good, but you don’t get full marks because the quote is, “Help! Help! I’m being repressed.”

          • Born to Ride

            Damn it was off the cuff, I knew I should have looked it up

          • Old MOron

            As Ozzy Mick might say (but probably not), she’s alright, Mate. No worries.

          • Gabriel Owens

            Momma said nobody can make you feel anything that you dont wanna feel. Youre responsible for your own feelings. Man up.

      • motorock

        I think FZ09 is still better value than a Z- more power, lighter and more electronic tricks now..and KTMs always win because they all have more smiles per gallon- simple!

        • Born to Ride

          Idk about the dyno, but the Z has more power on paper and performs better in the twisties by the account of our MOrons. If you’re into electronics though, it does fall behind with its cable throttle and it is a good bit heavier.

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    Yummy!

  • allworld

    I don’t see any real benefits to buying this vs. a left over 17. It is a very good looking bike and has been since it’s introduction. IMO Triumph’s Street Triple RS or even the R is the top choice in this category, quick shifter included.

  • Mad4TheCrest

    Ok, the optional up/down quick shifter is a nice upgrade, but why go down in performance unless you need to (and the article says they didn’t). What bike manufacturer known for performance would ever do that? Unless they are planning an 821 ‘S’ or ‘R’ model in future or maybe an M939 and need to open up space in the performance continuum?

    • Born to Ride

      I can’t imagine them producing a 939 and 821 monster concurrently.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Euro4?

      • Mad4TheCrest

        The article said it was already Euro4 compliant.

  • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

    so what im hearing here,is get thee to a 2017!

    • Blake Newton

      Basically yes. I like the pipes better on the 2016/17 as well as the white or grey paint. The trellis frame looks awesome and the overall feel of the earlier bike is quite nice. The 821 has a good shot of power, more than I would ever use. My consensus is it’s an 821 or a Street Triple (Love a Thruxton but the price is a bit too steep for me).

  • sgray44444

    It’s a great looking motorcycle, either this year or last. I like the yellow. As far as the changes go, they are either cutting costs or likely trying to manage their product line differentiation, so it’s not as competitive with higher end models.

    • madskills

      I love the yellow, stunning……

  • STAN

    Darn it doesn’t reveal the seat height .

    • denchung

      Adjustable 785 mm – 810 mm (30.91 in – 31.89 in).

      • STAN

        That’s what I was looking for.Thank you very much.

  • Patriot159

    Surely Ducati holds the record for the most different engine cc model designations. Round numbers are so boring…

  • Navroze Contractor

    I ride a Ducati Monster 795 since 2013. I enjoy every minute on it and have done near 30,000KM on it. But one thing baffles me and those who hear it idle. WHY IS THE DUCATI MOTOR SO NOISY!!!!!!!! Pls, someone enlighten me?

    • hunkyleepickle

      You want your Ducati to be quieter?

      • Navroze Contractor

        Yes, I want the engine to be quieter not the exhaust note. But what is the reason for all this busy noise?

        • Sayyed Bashir

          Gear driven cams? That’s why Harley uses push rods. They work quietly so you can hear the exhaust sound.

          • Born to Ride

            Cams are driven by timing belts, which are quieter in operation than the chain that Harley uses to turn its cam. However, the noise he is referring to is the characteristic ticking noise from the desmo valve operation, which mechanically opens and closes the valves.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            From the MO HD Forum: “The reason the MoCo does not use them is because of EPA noise regulations – its not only exhaust pollution that has stringent requirements, but there are other tests involving riding by at a certain speed in a certain gear and then measuring the total noise level including mechanical noise – hence the use of quieter running chains”. From the HDTalking Forum: “Noise is the big concern with gear driven cams. Extremely important is the correct lash and adjusting this is done with over-size or under-size gears.”

          • Born to Ride

            Who is talking about gear driven cams dude? It’s a Ducati not a 1998 VFR.

          • Navroze Contractor

            I had a VFR750 for quite few years and it never made any clatter like the Ducati engines do. So what IS IT with the Ducati engines
            and the noise????? Guys, don’t get on the defensive, I adore my Monster, I just want to know the reason for the engine noise.

          • Born to Ride

            I already answered you and posted a link to the Wikipedia page on it. Scroll up.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            From Cycle World: ASK KEVIN: Why Does Harley Use a Cam Chain in the Twin Cam 103? “The Motor Company works hard to suppress things such as gear noise, panel vibration, piston noise, etc., so they can legally generate the romantic rumble that sells so many units for them.”
            https://www.cycleworld.com/2015/08/20/ask-kevin-why-does-harley-davidson-use-a-cam-chain-in-the-twin-cam-103

          • Born to Ride

            On the scale of loudness, Gears < Chains < Belts. So yes you are correct, but it is irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

        • Born to Ride