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Hemlines and exhausts go up and down, radiators come and go, but the Monster hasn’t really ever gone out of fashion since it hit the runway, dang, has it really been 23 years ago? 1994 brought us Miguel Galluzzi’s original naked bike, and there’s been a veritable plethora of Monsters over the years ever since. Also Monsterinos, as Ducati likes to call the smaller-displacement ones.

The new 797 really does pay its respects to the original, right down to the very nice aluminum clasp that holds down the front of its 4.4-gallon steel fuel tank. The steel trellis frame is an important design element; the red frame and alloy cooling fins are now a classic combination (or you can go dark and get a black bike with black frame), complete with passenger grab rails which provide a good place for bungee hooks. The single not-quite round headlight incorporates a couple of LED marker lights, which you’ll find in the tail and turnsignal lights too.
Read more about the 2017 Ducati Monster 797 Review: First Ride at Motorcycle.com.
 

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Nice bike good option

I have always loved the Monsters, and they still look good, but really beside an S4R or even an S2R... well lest just say Bologna is obviously focusing on other bikes.

The power plant may be a little light, but this is an entry bike for those that want or need (some people really need to keep the power down).

The two factors that bother me and they are in both the 797, and the 821 are the new routing of the vertical cylinder exhaust right by your leg, and the move to a cable clutch. My old bike had a cable clutch that I rode for 9 year, and when I am on course (I teach the learn to ride safety course) almost all our bikes are cables, but on a sport machine like this to go to an open / exposed cable clutch...really! The wire is just hanging there out of an open hose waiting to get fouled and dirt in the pipe.

Had it happen with a rental... sure you could pull the clutch in fast or slow, but letting it out, well sometimes OK, but sometimes it would stick and then drop... Bad design. At least my old Suzuki had the working parts all inside the transmission so no access for dirt or road grime etc.

You can see in the attached the hot exhaust coming over the clutch assembly and if you look close you can see the exposed cable and actuator arm.:crying:

Hope they fix it, but now that I got my ST3, well not that worried any more.

CG
 

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