DUCATI MONSTER 797

INTRODUCTION

DUCATI MONSTER 797 is an updated version of CB Unicorn 150 with major changes in all most aspects. So what are those major tweaks at an expense of extra 6000 – 7000 rupees ?. Unicorn 150 is losing grip in the market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So does Unicorn 160 perform the role of successor quite well? Time to inspect.

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KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

803cc

MILEAGE

12-17km/l

POWER

72.4PS @ 8.250rpm

TORQUE

67N.m @ 5,750rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

Fuel Injection

WHEELBASE

1435mm

REAR SUSPENSION

Sachs Monoshock

KERB WEIGHT

193Kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1
LED POSITION LIGHT
2
USB POWER SOCKET
3
PASSENGER SEAT COVER
4
SACHS MONOSHOCK
5
DUCATI MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM
6
FORWARD FOOTPEGS
7
DRL LIGHTING
8
6 SPEED GEARBOX
9
TUBELESS TYRE
10
10-SPOKE LIGHT ALLOY
11
SPARK IGNITION
12
BOSCH ABS

Full Specifications

Displacement 803cc
Bore for Stroke 88 x 66mm
Compression Ratio 11,0:1
Power 72.4PS @ 8.250rpm
Torque 67N.m @ 5,750rpm
Fuel Injection Electronic fuel injection system, 50 mm throttle bodies
Exhaust 2-1 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, single stainless steel muffler with aluminium cover
Gearbox 6 speeds
Primary Drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1
Ratio 1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26
Final Drive Chain; Front sprocket Z15; Rear sprocket Z46
Clutch APTC wet multiplate clutch with mechanical control
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front Suspension 43mm Kayaba USD fork
Front Wheel 10-spoke light alloy, 3.50" x 17"
Front Tyre Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 120/70 ZR17
Rear Suspension Sachs monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable
Rear Wheel 10-spoke light alloy, 5.50" x 17"
Rear Tyre Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 180/55 ZR17
Wheel Travel (Front/Rear) 130mm - 150mm
Front Brake 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 callipers, 4-piston, axial pump with Bosch ABS as standard equipment
Rear Brake 245 mm disc, 1-piston calliper with Bosch ABS as standard equipment
Instrumentation LCD
Dry Weight 175kg
Kerb Weight 193kg
Seat Height 805mm
Wheelbase 1,435mm
Rake 24°
Front Wheel Trail 90mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.5l
Number of Seat Dual seat
Safety Equipment Bosch ABS
Standard Equipment LED position light and tail light, USB power socket, Passenger seat cover and windshield (Monster 797+)
Ready For Ducati Multimedia System
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Yes
Tripmeter Yes
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator Yes
Start Type Electric / Kick
Kill Switch Yes
Clock Yes
Pass Light Yes
ABS Yes
Stand Alarm No
City 7-12km/l
Highway 12-17km/l

DUCATI MONSTER 797 Videos

DUCATI MONSTER 797 TEST RIDE & REVIEW

FORMAL DESIGN WITH BIT OF AGGRESSION

My first words while seeing this motorcycle will be like this – formal design with a bit of aggression but having modern and refreshed looks. Now let’s go through each word. DUCATI MONSTER 797 has a formal design because lines and bendings are in low amounts. A little bit of aggression and feel is present by the presence of large trapezoidal headlight flanked by the small black windscreen giving the front section a bold look.

The side profiles are neat enough with shrouds underneath the tank being a distinctive one. Fully blacked out engine is simply superb and is a welcome move from HMSI in terms of design. The multi-coloured front forks and mudguard bring X-factor to the design. In rear side, everything is fine with H-shaped tail light and a well-designed exhaust being notable ones. So as a commuter motorcycle overall styling is strictly conservative while as a performance motorcycle it will disappoint you for sure. Build quality is noteworthy with no issues whatsoever for paint, panels and switchgear.

SUPERB UNICORN ENGINE

This is exactly Honda CB Unicorn 150 engine but with longer stroke, lightweight, better heat dissipation, tweaked exhaust note and no compromise in unicorn’s renowned refinement. An added counter balancer does iron out extra vibrations from reaching to the handlebars and rest of the area within the motorcycle. So overall this 162.71cc, four-stroke, carbureted motor does a great job isn’t it? Now to the numbers. This one pumps out 14PS of raw power @ 8,000rpm and 13.92Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm. In the low and mid rev range engine is torquey enough and does city dwelling duties superbly. In high revs up to 8,000rpm power delivery is smooth and after that power is more linear and slightly stressed. Gearbox is smooth enough – typical Honda trait and initial gear ratios are short ones while high-end ones are long enough to accommodate highway riding. Honda Eco Technology (HET), viscous paper for filter along with smooth refined engine does give a mileage of around 51-56km/l.

PURE COMMUTER ERGONOMICS

While talking about ergonomics of DUCATI MONSTER 797 this one is meant for those who need a quick ride to their homes or offices. Ride quality is spot on for city conditions with comfortable seats, soft suspension setup with wide and cushioned seats for extra comfort. This one does its job for long rides due to the above-mentioned factors. While softer suspension setup spoils the party around the corners and series of bends. The handlebar is wide and foot controls are set in the middle having upright riding posture. Combined Braking System (CBS) for 240mm front disc along with 130mm rear drum brakes does not offer great bite individually but together it does perform. MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres do bring more harm as they are not having enough grip and feedback which is not a great thing.

LOADED WITH ENOUGH FEATURES

CBS with equaliser does come to rescue here in braking duties with all digital instrument console loaded with all needed data and values like speed, rpm, two tripmeters, odometer, fuel and gear indicator. Kill switch for engine is missing which is a serious one. Large fuel reservoir, mono shock suspension, elegant muffler does bring added punch to features package.

DUCATI MONSTER 797 VERDICT

Honda CB Unicorn 160 is a value for money motorcycle and is without doubt clear successor to CB Unicorn 150. It is definitely eye catching for conservative commuters and irritating for performance, stylish oriented riders. Honda has revamped this motorcycle in all segments and clearly lies in the portfolio in between Hornet 160R and Unicorn 150 with pride.

PROS

  • Combi brake system
  • Excellent engine
  • Superb performance

CONS

  • No engine kill switch
  • Conservative design
  • Tyres not that great

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