Who would have known that an Italian company that made semiconductors and short-wave radio equipment in the 1920s would eventually start building motorcycles? But in March 1946, Ducati developed its first motorcycle, the Cucciolo, after the bombing of the Panigale factory in October 1944. The company later on also developed their first practical motorcycle, the Ducati 60 and also conceived a racing team. From then on, Ducati has been producing motorcycles across various segments and the sub-1000cc segment in India would witness two new introductions, the Monster 797 and the Multistrada 950.
The Ducati Monster 797 will join 821, 1200, 1200 S and 1200 R range in India and will be the entry-level Monster potential customers can buy. Powering the Monster 797 will be an 803 cc L-Twin Desmodue engine generating 75 hp of power at 8,250 rpm and 69 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. This unit will be mated to a six-speed gearbox and the power and torque figures of the Monster 797 suggest that unlike its elder sibling, the 821, the youngest member of the Monster family would be more practical for everyday riding. For reference, the 821 has 112 hp of power at 9,250 Nm and 89.4 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm. Apart from the new tuning on the engine, the Monster 797 also features LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED headlamp as well as a LED tail lamp.
The case is also the same with the Multistrada 950 as it would be the youngest adventure tourer motorcycle from the Italian motorcycle manufacturer in the Multistrada range. Powering it would be a 937 cc liquid-cooled Testastretta, twin-cylinder motor that generates 113 hp of power at 9,000 rpm and 96.2 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm. This unit will be mated to a 6-speed transmission as well with features four riding modes, Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. In addition to the riding modes, the Multistrada 950 will also be offered with DTC or Ducati Traction Control while both motorcycles would come with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System).
Like other Ducati models sold in the country, the Monster 797 and the Multistrada 950 will be offered by the company through the CBU (Completely Built-up Unit) route, imported from Thailand. Expected price of the Ducati Monster 797 will be around Rs 7.82 lakh while the Multistrada 950 is expected to set you back by Rs. 11.53 lakh, both ex-showroom Delhi.
The popularity of larger motorcycles is evident in the recent SIAM data which suggests that buyers above the 500 cc segment are 27 percent where the CAGR (Cumulative Average Growth Rate) of the motorcycle segment in India is two percent. It would be interesting to see where exactly Ducati India positions these motorcycles as they have a considerable scope in the country with potential buyers opting for such motorcycles in order to graduate to a larger capacity one.