3. 2009 Ducati Monster 696 Review


Here we sample the Ducati Monster 696 at its introduction in Barcelona, Spain. In the 17th year since the introduction of the Monster line, we found this Duc to be more attractive than its progenitors while still being an affordable entry into the ranks of the Ducatisti.

Women and other shorter rides would find the Monster 696 to be a comfortable fit, although taller riders might feel cramped. Staffer Pete Brissette summed up his feelings for the smallest Monster, thusly: “If you’re an experienced rider looking for a multi-tool ball of fun with loads of character, or a new or shorter rider, or a long-time devotee of this line of minimalist Italian bikes, be sure to get your deposit in soon, as my guess is that they’ll be flyin’ out the door faster than free cheese.”

Read the full review: 2009 Ducati Monster 696 Review

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  • Old MOron

    Four out of the top ten were (gulp) cruisers?!
    No wonder JB isn’t allowed to call them StoooPid any more.

    • Shawn Poorman

      Haha given that Harley still controls more than half of the entire USA motorcycle market, I’m not at all surprised that their bikes and the cheaper alternatives made the list. The big surprise here to me was the popularity of the monster review. Interesting that everyone wanted to check it out but they’re still not a huge seller.

      Maybe it’s the relatively low (compared to Japanese alternatives) price/performance ratio and relatively high cost of ownership. Or maybe it just looks so good that people wanna check it out but they don’t buy because Americans insist on fairings.

      For me, I’m in love with it. But if Yamaha decides to bring us ABS on the fz 07, I think I would buy it over the monster. The new Honda cbr650f is nice as well, but a bit porky for my taste. Decisions, decisions.

  • Garrett Gerard

    How many views did this article garner? That wasn’t mentioned anywhere, and I’m just curious. I’ve been a fan since before the $11.94 subscription days, and was one of the few who actually paid the subscription. BTW, since that time you’ve really progressed nicely. The video production quality of late has been really outstanding (e.g. the Harley Livewire video). Keep up the good work.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I have the listing in order of ranking but not the raw numbers. What specific article were you asking about?