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