With the order to create a popular model and the premise that it would not have high manufacturing costs, the Argentine designer Miguel Ángel Galluzzi gave birth to the Ducati Monster in the early nineties.
Nobody at that time could have imagined that it would become the longest-lived and most popular model of the Bolognese firm.
1993-Ducati Monster 900
Before the appearance of the first Monster, Ducati focused its efforts on the production of high-performance sports models. It was with the purchase of the company by the Castiglioni brothers, and the subsequent incorporation of the designer Miguel Ángel Galluzzi in 1988, when Ducati began to face other fronts. Thus, at the beginning of the nineties, Massimo Bordi, technical director at that time, commissioned Galluzzi to manufacture a more popular model that did not have high manufacturing costs. With this premise, Galluzzi takes elements from other models present in the catalog of the Italian firm –the frame of the 851/888, the engine of the 900 SS, the fork of the 750 SS…– to give birth to the first Ducati Monster. in history, the M900, a model that would end up becoming the biggest commercial success of the Bolognese house.
1995 – Ducati Monster 600
Although Massimo Bordi’s idea was to create a popular motorcycle, he never imagined the tremendous success of this model during its first year on the market – of the 1,500 units planned, 5,000 units were finally manufactured by Ducati. This good performance in the market immediately activated a protocol in the R&D Department focused on the development of new versions of the Monster. Thus, in 1995 the first M600 was born, a model that consolidated the Monster name in the catalog of the Italian firm. Ducati has sold more than 100,000 units of this model throughout its commercial cycle.
1996-Ducati Monster 750
Taking advantage of the inertia of the success obtained, Ducati launched this version equipped with the 750 SS engine on the market in 1996. However, contrary to what happened a year earlier with the 600 version, the seven and a half was not well received in the market, and this caused it to be a very short-lived model in the history of the Borgo manufacturer. Panigale.
1998 – Ducati Monster 900S
Ducati continued to profit from the commercial success of the Monster, so it did not stop creating new versions. In this case, the cycle part was equipped with better suspensions (Showa) and better brakes (Öhlins), and certain elements made of carbon fiber were incorporated, such as the side panels or the fenders. This Monster received an S in its name that defined it as a sport version of the 900.
2001 – Ducati Monster 900 S4
After nearly a decade on the market, the time had come to strengthen the spirit of the original Monster 900. Thus, in 2001, it was decided to give the issue of performance a twist by incorporating the engine of the superbike of that time, the mythical 916. This Monster is the first to have a liquid-cooled engine. In this way, the Monster 900 S4 appeared on the market, the most powerful manufactured to that date, and that the engine of the 916 had been reduced to 109 CV.
2002-Ducati Monster 620
Already entered the new century, Ducati makes the decision to replace both the original version of 900 and the smallest of the saga, the M600. Thus, in 2002, a renewed Monster 620 appeared in its catalogue, which would become the gateway to the Monster family. A year later, in 2003, it will be the M900 that will be replaced by the Monster 1000 S. That same year, Ducati decides to create a new 800 cc version.
2004-Ducati Monster S4R
The S series of the Monsters were obtaining an indisputable commercial success, so, in 2004, Ducati decides to renew its most powerful Monster and equips it with its new superbike engine, that of the 996, only in this case it yielded 126 CV of power. The exhausts on the right side, raised and overlapping, gave the S4R a characteristic image that also revealed its high performance.
2005 – Ducati Monster 800 S2R
A new S version joins the already long family saga, in this case built on the basis of the Monster 800. In this case, the Monster 800 S2R adopted the stacked exhausts and single-sided swingarm of the more powerful versions with an LC engine. . The following year, the S2R would unfold into a new 1,000 displacement.
2007-Ducati Monster S4RS
Continuing with the escalation in the performance of the Monster, in 2007, Ducati brought into play the most powerful bike ever created to date. Equipped with the Testastretta 998 engine and a chassis signed by the best of Öhlins and Brembo, the S4RS was one of the most radical naked on the entire market at that time.
2008-Ducati Monster 696
The original design by Michelangelo Galluzzi was substantially modified starting this year by the new designer who joined the Ducati ranks after the purchase of the company by the Texas Pacific Group, the South African Pierre Terblanche. The first model to show off the new aesthetic was the M696 and, although the change was profound, the image still retained the Monster spirit that has characterized this model since its birth in 1993. It was also used to improve the cycle part based on equip it with better elements, such as Brembo brake calipers with radical anchorage.
2009-Ducati Monster 1100
This year the 1100 version appears on the market, based on the 696 designed by Terblanche. It is a more powerful and better equipped motorcycle, of which the single-sided swingarm stands out, the front Brembo brake kit with radial mounting and a suspension system with a very robust inverted fork. As a curiosity, to say that this year, Ducati sold more than 12,000 units of the M696.
2011-Ducati Monster 796
Taking the base of the M696 and M1100, and with the engine of the Hypermotard 796, Ducati pulls out of the sleeve this medium displacement version that is positioned as a more moderate option than the 1100, but more solvent than the popular 696. cycle equipment follows the high quality standard of its sisters.
2014 – Ducati Monster 1200
The Monster definitely ceases to be a small initiation naked to become a true muscle bike thanks to the incorporation of the new and powerful 1200 cc LC engine. The large amount of electronics that it equips is remarkable thanks to the incorporation of a ride by wire accelerator. With this same base, an S version and another R version appear in the following two years, the latter with a power of almost 160 CV, which remain to this day in the catalog of the Italian firm.
2015-Ducati Monster 821
Just as the M1200 makes all large-capacity, air-cooled engines with two valves per cylinder disappear from the Ducati catalogue, the arrival of this Monster 821 will do the same with the youngest of the family, the M696, as it remains as the most accessible version of the Monster saga. This M821 shares most of the components with the M1200 and its engine performance is one of the best in the category, as well as incorporating all the electronics also present in the larger displacement model.
2017-Ducati Monster 797
The people of Ducati, aware of the need to have a more accessible model than the M821, since with the disappearance of the 696 from their catalogue, they are left without Monster for the A2 license, they decide to reintroduce a more moderate version in benefits. , and it does so by updating the engine of the 2004 M800 (the same as the 2011 M796) to create this Monster 797. It practically maintains the image of the 821 and 1200, but the chassis adapts to the minor engine performance. With the 797, Ducati once again has an access model to the already legendary Monster family.
2018 – Ducati Monster 1200 25th Anniversary
500 are the copies that were produced of this M1200 Anniversario, with a special decoration, seat upholstery with the embroidered “25” logo, lots of carbon parts and the best of Öhlins, Marchesini and Brembo, accompanying its minimalist chassis and its Testastretta 11th DS. It didn’t take long for them to run out…
Ducati Monster 2021
In 2021 the real revolution arrived: the first Monster without a trellis frame! Now the engine is used as a structural part and a small aluminum chassis, in the style of the Panigale. Many fans said that this was not a true Monster… Well, the debate is open. What is clear is that it is the lightest and most advanced since this model was created. With a dry weight of 166kg, the 2021 Monster is 18kg lighter than its predecessor, the Monster 821.
Regarding mechanics, it increases in displacement, power and torque thanks to the 937 cc Testastretta 11° L-shaped twin engine, with desmodromic distribution and Euro 5 homologation. Now it delivers 111 hp at 9,250 rpm, with a maximum torque of 9, 5 Nm at 6,500 rpm. At the level of technological advances, the Ducati Monster 2021 includes ABS Cornering, Traction Control and Wheelie Control as standard, all of them adjustable to different levels of intervention.