Ducati launched the Monster 797 yesterday, and the major question we all had was how come Ducati had to bikes in the same segment 30 cc apart. Ducati officials first gave us the usual media schpeel about how the 821 and the 797 were vastly different added to the fact that the 821 had a liquid cooled engine and the 797 did not. However, when we probed deeper we were told that they went the 821 way because it was easier to implement emission regulations on the liquid-cooled L-twin. While the sale for the 821 continued, Ducati engineers had time to work on the classic air-cooled monster format.
Now that an emission compliant 797 is here, Ducati has announced that they will be temporarily discontinuing not only the 821 but also the Scrambler Ducati on the grounds of compliance. So we decided to do some snooping and called a dealer, who eagerly told us that they have not been entirely pulled but have been temporarily discontinued.
What we know that the 797 shares its engine with the scrambler and that Ducati has promised us two new Scramblers the desert sled and the Scrambler Cafe racer, that are due soon. We think it’s safe to estimate that the reworked engined standard Scrambler will make its way back around the same time.
However for those waiting for the 821 will have to wait a little longer, possibly towards the end of the festive season this year. Interestingly at yesterday's launch Ducati India boss, Ravi Amalur went on to say that Monster fans would not be far off the mark if they were awaiting the Monster 1200 as well. So realistically we have our fair share of doubts that the 821 will in actuality return. Though only time will tell.