Written by Donny Ariyanto
The Ducati Monster is one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time. Since it went on sale in 1993, over 275,000 have rolled out of the Bologna factory—and they’ve kept Ducati financially stable over the past two decades. The first Monster, the M900, used a version of the air-cooled 900SS engine and pumped out 73 hp. The latest 1200S is water-cooled and has almost double the power, at 145 hp. As of November 2010, the Ducati Monster family consists of the 659, 696, 796 and 1100 Evo. In October 2011, Ducati unveiled a new addition to the Monster family, the 795. Essentially a 696 frame with the larger 803cc engine from the 796 wedged into it, the 795 is aimed specifically at the Asian market and will be assembled in a plant in Thailand.