2009 Ducati Monster 696 Seen the look and sound the air-cooled 696cc L-Twin engine cradled in the company of the legendary steel-frame for the bold grille shape, plump bathing in Ferrari Red paint, no motor is wrong for something other than the 2009 Ducati Monster 696. Although the Ducati monster lacks some top-shelf technology as used in Shivers, the basics are all here. A 43mm Showa inverted fork to stay with Sachs shock absorbers with hydraulic load bearing in the rear. Equal-sized radial-mount front brakes, hydraulic clutch driven friendly and sharp looking screen digital Digitek.
Ascent vessel Monster 696 is not much climbing at all, because it has a seat height of 30.3-inch short. Low seating position combined with the narrow width makes it feel like you are riding a minibike, which if you inch six-foot-plus tall. However, even for tall drivers cockpit is not as crowed as you would expect. Reach to the handlebars just like a small steel, which in turn created the position of Shiver’s sporty ride.
The Monster 696 fires up with a satisfying rumble, proving that the cannon-like dual-pipe exhaust sound as the average of their performance. Throw feet above the bike, and you will see posture leaning toward sporty side-with a bit of a stretch front handlebars, tank pressed firmly against the thigh, and foot pegs to rest slightly elongated.
2009 Ducati Monster 696 Click the shifter into first and a little throttle is needed to accelerate from a stop, for some relatively high gear ratio. Clutch feels light, like the steering effort, and the whole bike-from smooth shifter progressive brakes have air-ease about it, thanks largely to savings in weight and impressive power-to-weight ratio. Although the machine can vibrate slightly at lower rpm, when the power comes on top of it pouring in thick and heavy, with a very strong midrange. In most urban conditions increase the engine feels responsive and ready for hard acceleration (as long as you have not directed a high-transmission shifts too early), but when you exit the highway speed of walking you’ll see the L-twin is not so rev-happy as the competition four cylinder.
After several hours in the saddle, ergonomic that Monster can get a bit tiring, especially because the forward riding position and seat that encourages your stomach to the tank. Although this is an entertaining journey around the city, the Monster 696 will not be our first choice for long distance touring.
But a lot of time sitting also reveals how well the 696 works as a whole. The dynamics are well balanced bike performance, with solid strength, agile handling and powerful brakes that feel good fit all around. This is a bike that is very easy to maneuver, especially in the cut and thrust LA traffic. However, it will be a little bit for most novice riders.
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Specification 2009 Ducati Monster 696
Model : Ducati Monster 696
Year : 2009
Category : Naked bike
Rating : 81.5 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes
Engine and transmission
Displacement : 696.00 ccm (42.47 cubic inches)
Engine type : V2, four-stroke
Power : 78.85 HP (57.6 kW)) @ 9000 RPM
Torque : 50.60 Nm (5.2 kgf-m or 37.3 ft.lbs)
Compression : 10.7:1
Bore x stroke : 88.0 x 57.2 mm (3.5 x 2.3 inches)
Valves per cylinder : 2
Fuel system : Injection. Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
Fuel control : Desmodromic valve control
Cooling system : Air
Gearbox : 6-speed
final drive : Chain
Clutch : APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control
Exhaust system : 2 aluminium mufflers
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type : Tubular steel trellis frame
Rake (fork angle : 24.0°
Front suspension : Showa 43mm upside-down forks
Front suspension travel : 120 mm (4.7 inches)
Rear suspension : Progressive linkage with preload and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshock
Rear suspension travel : 148 mm (5.8 inches)
Front tyre dimensions : 120/60-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions : 160/60-ZR17
Front brakes : Double disc
Front brakes diameter : 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes : Single disc
Rear brakes diameter : 245 mm (9.6 inches)
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight : 161.0 kg (354.9 pounds)
Power/weight ratio : 0.4898 HP/kg
Seat height : 770 mm (30.3 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Wheelbase : 1,450 mm (57.1 inches)
Fuel capacity : 15.00 litres (3.96 gallons)
Starter : Electric
Color options : Red (red/black), Matte Black (black/black), White (black/black)
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