Motorcycles above 500 cc have started to gain popularity in India with potential customers now having a higher disposable income as well as the understanding of performance motorcycles. In the advent of such motorcycle launches, Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati has introduced the Monster 797 and the Multistrada 950. While the Monster 797 is a street naked middleweight machine, the Multistrada has its focus on the adventure touring segment. Both motorcycles are the entry-level models in their respective portfolio that are sold currently in India. The Monster 797 is priced at Rs 7.70 lakh while the Multistrada is priced at Rs 12.60 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
The Monster 797 is powered by an 803 cc L-twin Desmodromic air-cooled motor that generates 75 hp of power at 8,250 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and incidentally, the performance figures are similar to its retro-modern model, the Scrambler. However, apart from that similarity, the Monster 797 carries forward the naked street design with its aggressive and bulbous proportion with the frame painted in a contrasting colour on some of the colour options adds to the aggressive character. Colour options include Star White Silk, Dark Stealth and Ducati Red. In addition, the motorcycle is offered with a LED headlamp, Daytime Running Lamps and a LED tail lamps. Additional accessories include a micro windshield, passenger seat cover, a 'Sport-line' exhaust as well as two packages, Sport and Urban. The Brembo brakes on the Monster 797 has been borrowed from the Ducati Panigale 959 in order to improve braking abilities.
Along with the Monster 797, the Italian motorcycle maker has also introduced the youngest sibling for India in the Multistrada family, the Multistrada 950. While the naked street motorcycle focusses on everyday riding on tarmac, the Multistrada 950 will compete in the adventure-tourer segment. Powering the Multistrada 950 is a 937 cc liquid-cooled Testastretta unit that produces 113 hp of power at 9,000 rpm and 96.2 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm. The tuning of the engine has been done in a manner where 80 percent of the torque is available between 3,500 rpm and 9,500 rpm in order to offer a comfortable riding experience. This motor will also be paired to a 6-speed transmission and like with Monster 797, it will have ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and as a standard fitment. In addition to the mandatory safety feature in all Ducati models, the Multistrada will also be offered with DSP (Ducati Safety Pack), DTC (Ducati Traction Control), DWC (Ducati Wheelie Control) as well as cruise control.
Both motorcycles will have an optional DMS (Ducati Multimedia System) on offer. The first service of the Ducati Multistrada 950 will happen at 15,000 km, while the complete Desmo Service will be done at 30,000 km. The suspension setup is a new Sachs unit with a double-sided swingarm and the wheels of the will fit both Pirelli Scorpion Rally as well as the trail tyres. The dry weight of the Multistrada 950 is now 204 kg and different riding modes are also offered as standard which includes Urban, Touring, Sport as well as Offroad. Both motorcycles will be available in the country via the CBU (Completely Built Up) units and will be imported from Thailand.