January 1, 2013

Ducati 696 Review: Ducati Celebrates its 20th anniversary with Monster 696

Ducati celebrates its 20th anniversary with special edition of Monster 696, 796 and 1100 EVO.

Over the small period of life, which started backed in 1992, Ducati has given the breathtaking rides to its fans and now it has become the habit of Ducati.

Marking the 20th anniversary Ducati has announced the availability of its special edition monster in 2013 with various changes including steel trellis bronze frame, engine outer casings gold brake components, champagne front forks, gray swignarm, lower triple clamp and chrome headlamp support.

Ducati will also bring back the ’90s-styled mirrors, seat covers and retro font on the gas tanks and seat covers. Check the gallery of this special edition after the jump.

By the way, this Ducati 696 is the smallest member in the Monster family and is packed with a Desmodue, 696 cc, L-Twin cylinder, air cooled engine which offers a maximum output of 80 hp @ 9000 rpm and 50.6lb-ft @ 7750rpm and is paired with a six speed transmission.

Like its bigger siblings, the Ducati Monster 696 is fitted with the APTC ‘wet’ clutch which improves stability under aggressive down-shifting. Moreover, the bike features the same lightweight tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame found at the Monster 1100 and 796 models.

When designing the Monster 696 Ducati’s engineers have spent a lot of time to carefully refine the bike’s ergonomics. Thereby elements like the fuel tank, seat height and the steering lock were especially designed to maximize comfort.

By Masei Helmet & Luusama

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