2010 Ducati Monster 696
In 2008 the debut of the Monster 696
began a new era. The 2010 version maintains the same
design and technical specifications as the original,
but now there's an additional feature: ABS. The optional
ABS system is equipped with new adjustable brake and
clutch levers, and a new silencer guard design.
Enhancing the “less-is-more” philosophy
that has made the Monster a global legend, the Monster
696 continues to redefine expectations.
Every finely engineered element of the chassis and
engine is on display, allowing the true beauty of
the 696 to be showcased for all to see. Naked ambition
has never been so graphically exposed.
With its thinner waistline and wide handlebars, the
Monster 696 provides unrivalled ergonomics for all
riders, whether cruising the concrete jungle or carving
through canyon asphalt.
The Monster 696 strikes a carefully designed balance
between performance and everyday usability, appealing
to a wide range of riders as a result.
With identical chassis technology to Ducati’s
World Championship MotoGP bike and the proven power
and flexibility of the legendary Ducati L-Twin engine,
the Monster 696 is as comfortable in city traffic
as it is on the open road.
In the seat of the 696
The riding position of the Monster 696 has been specifically
designed to put the rider firmly in control. With
its low 770mm (30.3in) seat height, easy-to-reach
handlebar position and feather-light controls every
rider will find it easy to master.
The new user-friendly brake and clutch with 4-point
adjustable levers provide easy-to-reach control for
all hand sizes.
Visually simple digital instrumentation provides
an array of data on command or, at a glance, just
speed and revs. Information available at your fingertip
include: scheduled maintenance warning, oil temperature,
air temperature, trip odometer, lap time, fuel reserve,
warning light for low oil pressure, turn signals,
over-rev warning, immobilizer and neutral warning
light. The system is also ready for DDA (Ducati Data
Analyser, which is the official Ducati Data Acquisition
System). All this information can be accessed without
removing a hand from the handlebar as the scroll function
is ingeniously mounted on the left-hand handlebar
The heavily tapered and deeply sculpted fuel tank
cover allows maximum comfort and control. The narrowing
of the ‘waist’ area of the 696 has the
same effect as lowering the seat height, making it
easier to get both feet flat on the ground. Compared
to previous models, the 696 has a completely new ride
position, allowing superior control and offering increased
levels of comfort.
Careful attention to every detail has led to a substantial
weight saving, making the Monster 696 the lightest
bike in its class at an impressive 161kg (355lb) dry.
Passenger comfort and safety are also carefully considered,
with neat, under-seat grab handles moulded into the
seat unit itself. This solution maximises pillion
security without detracting from the legendary Monster
An immensely strong but light tubular steel Trellis
frame with aluminium rear sub-frame is the visual
and structural backbone of the Monster 696. Delivering
unparalleled rigidity with minimal mass, the chassis
design is pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity.
A separate, all aluminium subframe saves weight and
adds a pleasing continuity with the aluminium footrest
hangers and matte finished swingarm.
Dynamics and aesthetics aside, the revolutionary
chassis design also permits a narrow waist area and
a low seat position. The steering-lock is vastly improved
with a useful 64 degrees of lock-to-lock steering
travel. Incredible attention to detail has gone into
maximising the effective steering-lock.
The deeply contoured air intakes on the plastic tank
‘skin’ not only provide cool fresh air
for the integral 10 litre airbox, but also provide
an indented area of clearance for the handlebar’s
switchgear on full lock.
Like the rest of the Ducati range, the Monster 696
is equipped with only the finest parts.
Outstanding control and road holding is provided
by some of the best suspension components in the business.
43mm Showa inverted forks offer a pliant 120mm (4.7in)
of finely controlled travel. At the rear, a Sachs
monoshock unit with progressive linkage provide a
wide spectrum of both spring and damping setting.
Lightweight 3-spoke aluminium alloy wheels increase
agility and reduce rider effort. The 3.50x17 front
wheel wears a 120/60ZR tyre while the 4.50x17 rear
wheel runs 160/60ZR rubber. By resisting the temptation
to over-tyre the 696 for style’s sake, the end
result is light, predictable and confidence-inspiring
steering qualities at a wide range of speeds with
truly outstanding stability.
The latest in Brembo braking hardware delivers exceptional
braking power front and rear, improving rider safety.
At the front, 320mm floating discs are gripped by
four-piston, radially mounted callipers, while a 245mm
rear disc works in combination with a twin-piston
calliper. This powerful braking set-up offers unrivalled
feel and feedback making the 696 safer across a broader
spectrum of riding abilities.
Every carefully selected component of the Monster
696 has a net benefit to the overall light weight
of the machine. The dry weight of 161kgs (355lb) has
dramatic effects on not just manoeuvrability and ease
of use, but also by contributing directly to increased
performance, braking and acceleration.
Providing a deep and rich exhaust tone within current
noise and emissions regulations is no mean feat, but
the Monster 696 definitely provides the L-Twin sound
famous of Ducati. Its bold, high-level twin mufflers
also make a striking style statement. Two pleasing
advantages of the intricate high-level exhaust routing
has been a healthy increase in both power and torque
and a discrete positioning for the two exhaust-mounted
Lambda exhaust gas sensors – so crucial for
the optimisation of the fuelling and emission regulations.
The new exhaust pipe positioning also redirects excess
heat away from your body and makes the machine slimmer
for optimised footrest positioning, thus improving
Power output gets a 9% boost to 80hp (59kW) and an
11% increase in torque to 50.6lb-ft.
This engine continues to have the best horsepower
per litre ratio of all Ducati’s air-cooled units,
and it ensures a smooth and powerful delivery for
a relaxed but thrilling ride in all conditions.
This increase in power has been achieved by the introduction
of new cylinder heads, which are now similar to the
one on the 1100 2V engine fitted to the Hypermotard.
Bore and stroke remain identical to the previous 695
model at 88x57.2mm, but the pistons and combustion
chamber have been revised to optimise the fluid dynamics
of the new ports.
The camshafts now rotate on bearing surfaces directly
in the cylinder head and are supported by means of
oil pressure. The elimination of the bearings has
enabled the weight of this unit to be reduced considerably
and the layout simplified.
Furthermore, the cooling fins of the cylinders and
the cylinder heads have a new shape, and an improved
casting process allows them to be produced closer
to one another so as to increase their number and
improve thermal exchange.
Like its predecessor, the new Monster 696 has an
advanced APTC clutch, which makes down-shifting safe
and helps keep the clutch lever action light and easy,
especially in urban riding where frequent stops require
Like every bike in the new range, the Monster 696
also has a new scheduled maintenance programme that
reduces costs for the customer.
Throughout its long and established history, the
Monster’s cult following has always attracted
personalisation. With Ducati’s tempting in-house
accessory range offering so many custom-fit parts,
nearly every Monster is different.
The 696+ is a factory-personalised model featuring
some neat designer touches to help you stand out from
the crowd. A beautiful single seat cover creates the
clean look of a racing seat. The cover easily unclips
to allow room for your favourite passenger while the
neat micro-bikini fairing adds a custom touch to the
MONSTER 696 ART
Ducati with Colour Therapy offers ten brand new colours
ranging from “Rosso GP” red and “Arancione
Scrambler” orange to “Lilla Glamour”
lilac and “Oro Puro” gold.
On www.ducati.com everybody can “paint”
the Monster in the 13 different colours to determine
which is the favourite. Once decided, customers can
visit the local Ducati dealer and order a “Monster
The Monster ART Kit is also available as a Ducati
Performance accessory, consisting of tank covers,
front mudguard, micro-bikini fairing and seat cover.
HEADLIGHT: The triple-parabola headlamp
uses the latest optical technology to provide a deep,
wide beam which makes riding at night both easier
and safer. The highly advanced construction of the
assembly provides one of the most compact headlamps
AIRBOX AND FUEL TANK: The use of
advanced moulding techniques have not only enabled
greater fuel capacity but also a larger airbox. The
new fuel tank now holds 15 litres (3.8 US gal) while
the airbox contains a power-enhancing 10 litres of
MIRRORS: The rear view mirrors have
been completely redesigned, making them lower, smoother
and more aerodynamic while ensuring a clear view to
the rear. Their design accentuates the curves and
lines of the handlebars and fuel tank.
LED REAR LIGHT: The minimalist spirit
of the Monster and the desire to reduce weight to
a minimum were the reasons behind the choice of an
LED lighting system for the rear.
GULL-WING FORK CLAMPS: Just like
the race-winning Ducatis, the Monster 1100 is fitted
with extremely robust fork clamps. Their ‘gull-wing’
shape achieves exceptional torsional strength.