First debuting in 1993, the Ducati Monster was released as a parts-bin special, built in an attempt to move a surplus of engines, though the now-iconic naked bike quickly became one of the Italian firm’s all-time best-selling models, with more than 350,000 units sold since its launch. And while the Monster has received a myriad of model updates over the last 27 years, none have been as significant as the latest iteration for 2021.
Hoping to entice the next generation of riders with a markedly sleeker and more angular aesthetic design, the 2021 Monster is a huge departure from the original Miguel Galluzzi-designed model, doing away with its trademark trellis frame in favor of a superbike-style aluminum twin-spar structure. There’s also a redesigned, no longer circular headlight, integrated front indicators, a dual-silencer exhaust setup, and a Panigale-inspired tail section atop a glass-fiber-reinforced polymer subframe. The 937cc 2021 model also weighs in at just 416lbs soaking wet, making it the lightest Monster yet (for its engine size). In addition to a slew of accessories and numerous new graphics kits, Ducati is also offering a more top-shelf Monster + for only $300 over the base model. Slated to hit dealerships in April of 2021, the 2021 Ducati Monster starts at $11,895.