Ducati Monster 797 Review
What Is It?
The 2017 Ducati Monster 797 is a naked style bike which uses the same engine as Ducati's popular Scrambler range of bikes.
Engine: 803 cc V-Twin, 75 bhp
Economy: 45 mpg, 160miles
Seat Height: 805 mm
Wet Weight: 193 kg
|✓||Style, brakes, handling, low down power|
|×||No gear position indicator, minimal electronics, fork|
Motorbikes have always evoked a passion that runs deep for me, and one brand in particular, ‘Ducati’, so when I got back onto a bike after a long absence it was the first brand I was drawn to. Passion runs deep so they say…
I wanted a bike that would be easy to ride, comfortable but still able to stir the sole when the opportunity arose, and the Monster range encompasses this principle perfectly due to years of evolution, whilst staying true to the original concept.
Choosing which one though was harder than I originally thought as each model had their own character and ultimately it came down to either a Monster 821 or their entry model Monster 797. Both are fantastic bikes and have enough real world performance to satisfy most enthusiasts, but the classic concept of an air-cooled Monster won the day and I took delivery of a Monster 797+.
Getting back on the bike after such an absence meant the learning curve was pretty big again, but the confidence inspiring characteristics of the bike have helped ease me back into riding. The engine feels plenty powerful enough for everyday, and although the absence of electronic aids (traction control etc) was a concern, I think the bike is purer for it.
I love the way the bike handles, flowing from corner to corner on twisty roads and think this is where the bike excels. Morning or afternoon commutes to the office always seem to include a detour that highlights how a simple approach to biking can work so well. From a front end that communicates the road surface in minute detail, to a brake setup that inspires confidence when leaning on them I can’t think of a bike that is more suited.
Obviously being a naked bike buffeting and exposure to the elements is a bit of an issue but accept that it’s what it is and embrace it, once you’ve ridden for a few miles the grin just keeps getting bigger.
You could say the passion for biking has been re-ignited thanks to my Monster. Love it.
- Oliver W, 2018