Ducati Monster 796 motorcycle test


Bolognese sauce made from 696 and 1100

The saga continues with the Monster 796, which appeared with surprise in 2010, but with an L-shaped twin fitted to the 796 hypermotard, a frame borrowed from the 1100 and an identical line shared by all the Monsters. The family is expanding and now covers the entire beach. Placed between the 696 and the 1100, what does this new model reserve, not really halfway but precisely very close to the 696? Better ? Less good ? Test….

Ducati Monster 796


Guessing the displacement of a Monster is a game of 7 mistakes. Lattice frame, single-arm, tank with mesh opening, double exhaust high position, front headlight, rear shell, yellow central shock absorber, shape of the mirrors, aluminum plates, windshield and indicators, speedometer, colors ….

Headlight Ducati Monster 796

It is really difficult to tell the difference to determine the model and the displacement…. except by cheating. A discreet 796 logo adorns the top of the tank. On closer inspection, there are differences in the color of the rims, the Ducati logo on the gearbox but also the redesigned saddle and red stitching on the edging, the width of the tires ….

Ducati Monster 796

In short, you have to have your nose on it. And then there is the logomania…. the Monster comes in 7 variations…. here in full bodied version.

Rear light Ducati Monster 796

On the counter side, we therefore find the same dashboard, fully digital with the tachometer overlooking the whole. Clock, totalizer, partial trip, reserve trip, battery voltage, chrono, shiftlight, DDA (Ducati Data Analysis) pre-equipped…. and still no fuel gauge or gear engaged. That’s good, but with the driving position, still so difficult to read. On a daily basis, you have to look for the indication for the speed, especially when approaching a radar.

Speedometer Ducati Monster 796

In the saddle

The feet almost touch the ground for the 1.70m pilot, and more easily than with the 1100; necessarily the saddle of the 796 was lowered from 10 mm to 800 mm. The very wide handlebars lead to spread the arms. On the other hand, it has been raised by 20mm compared to the 696 and 1100, so you don’t have the impression of being tilted forward with your head in the speedometer. The bust is still slightly tilted forward but the position is less exclusive and more natural, especially since the triangle formed with the feet is quite natural.

Ducati Monster 796


The Desmodue twin snorts with a low growl. Is this pot approved? hum…. in any case, he sings already.

First…. a little brutal but the Monster snorts naturally and climbs quickly in the towers, asking to pass the second rather quickly … It appears as light as a 600 …. and this is also the case with its only 167 kilos (dry).

Ducati Monster 796 engine

In the city

The Monster oscillates between first and second in a natural way…. and at least it is not systematically in the red zone as with the 696. The first still climbs to 85 km / h and the second to 125 km / h…. therefore not in town. In fact, we do not need to pass the 3rd gear, nor the following ones…. although it is possible to lock into the last gear at 50 km / h and 2,000 rpm. The bi then bangs violently at the request of the throttle but is released from 3,500 rpm.

Ducati Monster 796

With its huge lever arm due to its wide handlebars, city driving is easy and U-turns possible in a pocket square. It’s so light that everything is done effortlessly on balance even though the turning radius isn’t the shortest in its class. On the other hand, the mirrors are even wider than the very wide handlebars. And suddenly, sneaking between cars without touching is almost acrobatic. Folding the mirrors then becomes compulsory. It is all the more unfortunate that they perform their function quite well and do not vibrate at all regardless of the regime..

The pickups are clean and dynamic, and as if helped by the song of the double escapement. There are motorcycles like these that encourage you to turn the throttle, for fun and enjoyment. A push to crime I tell you ….

Ducati Monster 796 on departmental


The Monster entered violently on the motorway, at the breaker in 2nd at 127 km / h…. or to change gears by locking in the last gear at 5,000 rpm at 130 km / h…. be very, very far from the red zone.

The protection provided by the bubble is reasonable without being exceptional. In any case, it is possible to drive fast enough to lose your license and to stall at around 150 km / h without worry (except in France).

In terms of comfort, the saddle is comfortable but the Monster quickly asks to get out of the hell of the law.

Ducati Monster 796 on the road


It is therefore with some relief that the bike is back on the main road, agreeing to wind at 3,200 rpm at 90 km / h in the last gear. But for those who want to have fun, it is possible to go down 2 or 3 gears to hear the melody of the engine which literally flies away in the towers.

It grows, it even grows very hard…. and when the turn jumps in the face, the brakes are there…. and what brakes! The rear is a good retarder, which stabilizes the bike well. In addition, it does not block even when pressing hard. The front end has an extraordinary and secure sporting bite with an excellent feeling. Suddenly, the pace picks up, if only to appreciate the trapper’s braking that it is possible to achieve…. to the detriment of bells which easily hit the tank. He would be given almost 100 horsepower while the block only displays 87 horsepower, well whipped.

You just have to throw the bike into the bend and the Monster here accepts being particularly roughed up…. or even accepts improvisation with a rigid framework that takes it all in. The bike goes just where the eye is, naturally, alternating from left to right with ease. The suspensions at most will show their limits on rough roads.

Ducati Monster 796 attacking a corner


The rear brake sits the bike well and is more than sufficient in town and does not block easily. The front brake offers both excellent bite and a very good feeling…. allowing you to brake hard and dry without worry for a particularly short stopping distance, and all, even without ABS. Borrowed from 1100, it looks even better.

Brakes Ducati Monster 796


The saddle is in the standard. But the suspensions do their job very well. Suddenly, the irregularities of the road are rather well erased. On the other hand, we can forget the duo. No passenger handle (available as an option, however), a folding seat as a passenger seat, driving and an engine that encourage you to drive nervously, easily transform a trip into torture for the passenger. On the other hand, on the pilot side, it’s at the top !

Seat Ducati Monster 796


The problem with the Monster is that it encourages nervous driving. Suddenly, consumption is easily placed around 7 liters per hundred. And with a 15-liter tank, it then offers a range of 200 kilometers.

Ducati Monster 796 tank logo


Finally an easy crutch; easy to put on and fold up, and above all offering good footing whatever the terrain, even on slopes.

Note the angled valves to apply pressure; very practical on a daily basis.

Monster 796


Looks like the Monster 796 is the best of both worlds between a sharp 696 that is always in the red zone, and an 1100 that needs a lot of space to express itself and uncomfortable in the city. The 796, on the other hand, does the splits, comfortable in the city and fun in the great outdoors. Easy to learn, it requires less experience compared to the artillery available in the 750/800 category, even if it is not intended for beginners. At 2,000 euros less than the 1100 and "only" 1,000 euros more than the 696, the 796 seems to have all the qualities not to make you hesitate for a second. But at 8,990 euros, it is still 1,600 euros more than a Z750, with fierce price competition..

Strong points

  • Motor
  • Braking
  • Player character
  • Cycle part

Weak points

  • Duo
  • Barely readable counter
  • Price

Competitors: BMW F800R, Kawasaki Z750, Suzuki GSR 750, Yamaha FZ8

The FZ8 technical sheet


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3 thoughts on “Ducati Monster 796 motorcycle test

  1. … a little clarification for Zuma (and the others too) … concerning the Honda V4 … Since I spent the 8 / 10000kms I find that the engine is really improved. It is more flexible and I find myself winding in a village at 50km / h in 5th gear then leaving gently without having to play the selector a bit like a big 4 in line … but with the possibility of pulling the gears up to At 12000 rpm like a V2 … of 125cm3 (lol not the same sound !!!) What’s great about this engine (despite some faults) … is that it is not "castrated" … 102 hp in France, 102 hp in the rest of the world … Result nothing is missing … And it is not frustrating as we approach the red zone … it goes up it goes up it goes up. .. Finally, that’s what, what happiness … even if indeed at the bottom of the tachometer it knocks a little at low speed (there is no torque of 1000 or 1200 cm3) … but it also avoids being surprised when re-accelerating when exiting a bend on wet or degraded pavement…

    Here for you some additional details on my daily life with this motorcycle.

  2. A quick follow-up to an excellent WE spent with friends and to continue this post on the Crossrunner. (small clarification: my Cross is now equipped with a set of PR3 tires) So we made a little trip with some friends in the Belgian Ardennes (bouillon, corbion, florenville, roche haut … for those who do not know this ‘is magnificent …) and we were lucky to have very good weather on Saturday and heavy rain on Sunday … Well, finally, the rain is a trainer !!! In any case for all those who say that the Cross is ugly (matter of taste) I want to believe them or hear it … But what is certain is that this bike is formidably efficient in the turns (cf: [www.motards-en-voyage.com]) and there is no need to be "expert" in piloting to have fun … As for the VTEC system it shows all its interest in this kind of condition of use: it pushes very hard when you need it and that runs cooler (no overflow) when the conditions (rain for example) are degraded … You just need to know how to use it and make good use of it at the right time. There is no doubt (I am aware of it) that I am not a good rider … but it is now 12000 kms that I have known my bike and some riders of this WE (with heavier or even stronger bikes). displacement and undoubtedly more experienced) made the "expenses" of the Crossrunner equipped with Michelin PR 3 in the bends of the Belgian Ardennes … And finally question of consumption not of excess finally: an average on the WE of 5.1L. . It’s not so bad…

    @ + on the roads and be careful all the same …

  3. I have made up my mind to give it to myself soon, this wonderful motorcycle full of surprises and characters, which I am sure will please my wife on a duo ride.

    What happiness to come, I have no doubt, I can’t wait !!!!

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