2020 Ducati Monster 797

There’s a Monster for everyone, even beginners.

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Ducati Monster 797 (2019 model year shown)Ducati

For those who want to become a Ducatisti by way of an entry-level naked bike, look toward the Monster 797. While it is by no means a naked bike steamroller like the Monster 1200 S, the 797 offers more approachable 73 claimed hp from the 803cc L-twin (also seen on the Scramblers). Key features include a wide handlebar, reasonably low, thin seat (claimed 31.7-inch seat height), large easy-to-read LCD gauge, LED lighting, and stubby front fairing (gotta keep the plastics to a bare minimum on a naked bike, don’t cha know).

2020 Ducati Monster 797 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

We touted the 2017 Monster 797 as being a great bike that’s “not too intimidating for the beginner but more than enough power to have a good time or make the occasional roll-on pass.”

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If a beginner-friendly naked is what you’re after, competition includes the Suzuki SV650, Yamaha MT-09, Kawasaki Z900, and finally KTM 790 Duke. Need something with a little less grunt, the Kawasaki Z400 and KTM 390 Duke are of course valid for the less experienced.

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Ducati Monster 797 (2019 model year shown)Ducati

Ducati Monster 797 Updates For 2020

No updates for this naked. It is available in Ducati Red and Star White Silk for a base MSRP of $9,295.

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Ducati Monster 797 (2019 model year shown)Ducati

2020 Ducati Monster 797 Claimed Specifications

Price $9,295
Engine Air-cooled L-twin; 2 valves/cyl.
Displacement 803cc
Bore x Stroke 88.0 x 66.0mm
Horsepower 73.0 hp @ 8,250 rpm
Torque 49.0 lb.-ft. @ 5,750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 31.7 in.
Rake 24.0°
Trail 3.5 in.
Front Suspension 43mm inverted fork, nonadjustable; 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload and rebound adjustable; 5.9-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire 180/55ZR-17
Wheelbase 56.5 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 425 lb.