2017 Ducati Monster 797

Base Price: $9,295

The original Monster made its debut back in the early 1990s as one of the first modern “naked” sport bikes that ditched aero plastic for a bare chassis that let the mechanicals shine. The Monster was a hit. But over the past few years the engines have grown in size and the bikes have become more expensive. The new 797, however, packs much of the engineering and prowess of the larger Monsters into a more affordable bike with a smaller engine.

The midsize Twin produces 75 hp and 50.8 lb-ft of torque down at 5,750 rpm. While those aren’t big numbers, this is a machine that has plenty of low-end thrust that should help move the 425 pounds (wet) easily. If canyon riding is part of the weekend plan, then rest assured, because this is a Ducati and there are big Brembo brakes up front and an inverted Kayaba front fork. Best of all, the 797 looks similar enough to pricier Monsters that few will notice or care that this sweet machine is the less expensive one.

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