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Launched: Ducati Monster 797 and Multistrada 950
Ducati has managed to catch that absolute last bit at the market place before the GST norms kick in and they haven't held back any stops. Not with the new Monster 797 anyway. This is Ducati's latest offering with the 803cc, air-cooled, L-twin and they have decided to make it as accessible as possible with an pre-GST price of Rs 7.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Like the Scrambler, the 797 also makes 75bhp and 69Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and weighs slightly less at 175kg despite the trellis frame and a double-sided swing arm. Expect performance to be brisk, given what the Scrambler feels like on the road. To reel in all that power, the Monster uses a twin disc set up at the front that has been borrowed from the Panigale 959. A perfect tribute to 25 years of the Monster then. To ensure the Monster remains friendly for first time users, Ducati has managed to keep the saddle height at 805mm and service intervals at 12,000km. Bookings are open right now and deliveries will begin next month, so go and choose one of the three colours that are being available (red, black and white)
But that wasn't all that the covers came off of. Ducati also introduced to us the Multistrada 950, which will be available a couple of months down the line and retail at Rs 12.6 lakh (ex-showroom, including GST). Ducati has borrowed heavily from both the 1200 and the Enduro to put the 950 together. While bits like the tail-section and the chassis have been borrowed from the Enduro to allow the 950 maximum appeal and usability. The 937cc, L-twin has been borrowed from the Hypermotard and makes 113bhp along with 96Nm of torque. This is dispensed via a 6-speed transmission to the rear wheel to propel 205 kilos of Multistrada.
Most interestingly, the 950 gets a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres and a double-sided swing arm. You still get four riding modes, traction control and ABS and an instrument cluster that can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Production of the 950 has only just begun in Thailand and will be available in red next month and white from sometime in November.