Ducati Monster Chronology & 2009 Ducati Monster 696

Posted on Apr 17 2008 - 10:51am by Russ

2008 Ducait Monster 696


Before I let my views on the new 2009 Ducati Monster 696 be known, let me tell you a bit about myself.  I currently have many bikes (less than 20) two of which are Ducati’s, a 2008 Hypermoatard 1100S and a 2002 MH900E (used to belong to Nicolas Cage).  As you can see, I like Ducati’s.  With that said they do not always get their styling right. 

 

A good example of bad styling is Ducati Paso listed below.  The damn thing looks like it is made of Tupperware… or it is a sport version of the Honda Goldwing.  Either way… it has looks only a mother could love (Sorry Ty).

Ducati Paso

Now on to the Monster 696.  Damn this thing is ugly.  I realize and usually like the stripped down look that the Monster is all about… but this one is the ugliest monster yet!

2009 Ducati Monster

2009 Ducati Monster

Chronology of the Ducati Monster

1992: The 900 Monster is presented for the first time at the Cologne Motorshow.

1993: The 904cc Monster with Desmodue engine (2-valve, air-cooled) is put into production.

1995: The Monster family expands with the introduction of the smaller 600cc model.

1996: The family is further expanded with the arrival of the 750cc model.

1998: The introduction of the Monster 600 Dark, Monster 900 Cromo and Monster 900 S.

2000: Technology and styling continue to develop. The latest arrival is the Monster 900 with EFI, and the styling of the entire range is updated.

2001: The evolution of sports models continues with the introduction of the Monster S4 with 916cc Desmoquattro engine and completely new running gear.

2002: EFI is introduced on the smaller models; the entry-level model now has a larger 618cc engine. All models benefit from the new running gear used on the S4.

2003: The Monster 800 and Monster 1000 are introduced, the latter equipped with the new Dual Spark engine.

2004: The flagship of the Monster range is introduced: the S4R with 996cc engine, single-side swingarm and totally revised styling and technology.

2005: The family grows with the arrival of the S2R powered by the 800cc Desmodue engine.

2006: The Monster S2R with 992cc engine is born. In addition, an authentic, no-compromise bike is introduced, the Monster S4R S Testastretta, a true naked Superbike with all the power and grunt of the Desmodromic "Testastretta" engine.

2007: The Monster family adds the new S4R Testastretta to its already impressive line-up. This new model is powered by the 130-hp Testastretta, deep-sump,L-Twin engine, previously powering only the top of the range S4R S. Another newcomer is the Monster 695 which replaces the entry-level 620.

2008: The Monster 696 is born…. and it is ugly!

 

{Via Motorcycle}

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