Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ducati Monster

The new Ducati Monster 696 represents the next generation and what Ducati calls "the final word in urban excitement".  The Monster 696 looks like it would be fun either on your favorite downtown routes or unleashed, where it should deliver more performance than ever before.

Refined style and design are the clear motivations behind the new Monster and the continued perfection of the Desmo engine ensures that its "saint and sinner" image will impress any rider.

A comfortable and confidence-inspiring chassis combine with the powerful Ducati L-Twin engine to provide what should be a most enjoyable riding experience.  The balance of new technologies expressed in stylishly finished materials is shaped around the original cool Monster heritage.

Maintaining its traditional Monster silhouette, the 696 now looks more muscular.  Its wide tank tapers to a thin waistline of what Ducati says is a comfortable narrow seat, which should ensure sure-footed confidence when at the traffic lights.

The large diameter Hybrid Trellis frame blends stylishly into an aluminum sub-frame and swingarm while minimalist instrumentation and simple controls at the front of the Monster contrast with twin, bold, Ducati-style mufflers at the rear to enhance its urban-ready image.

With a fuel tank form created with ingenious removable outer skins that enable quick and easy color swaps, changing the personality of the Monster has never been easier.  The quickly removable rear seat cover makes it even easier to completely color coordinate and, when removed, reveals a place for your favorite passenger.


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