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2010 Ducati Monster

MY2010 sees the Monster 696 with new exhaust guards, new engine crankcases and adjustable levers in addition to a brand new ABS version.

The exciting introduction to the Monster family for 2010 is the ABS equipped versions of the 696 and 1100 (basic and S), the first time that Ducati has ever equipped the Monster family with a safety-enhancing anti-lock braking system.

Other 2010 introductions to the Monster family include new exhaust guards, which feature a longer shape and provide improved heat protection and brand new crankcases for the 696, which are an impressive 1.2kg (2.6lb) lighter. In addition, user-friendliness of the controls has been improved with 4-point adjustable clutch and brake levers to suit all hand sizes.


For the first time since its debut, both the 696 and 1100 Monsters will be available with ABS (anti-lock braking system).

The ABS developed by Ducati and applied to the Monster family is the most sophisticated version available in the world of motorcycling. Designed to reduce the risk of wheel-locking under heavy braking or when braking in low grip conditions, the system reads wheel speed data from phonic wheel sensors to detect wheel lock. If a wheel speed falls below a specific safety limit, the control unit immediately reduces the brake system pressure to the appropriate calliper to avoid wheel lock. The pressure reduction on each individual braking circuit is activated by electronically controlled valves, which then close as the wheel speed moves away from a locking scenario.

Unlike the majority of motorcycle ABS set-ups, this system has the advantage of ensuring a more natural braking ‘feel’ for the rider.

Monster ART

The Monster has proven itself as the Ducati that most inspires and stimulates the art of personalisation. Designers, artists, actors, singers and, above all, bike fans from all over the world have been moved by the Monster to create their very own “two-wheeled work of art”.

The link between the Monster and the world of art appears again and again. Spontaneous shows dedicated to the interpretation and personalisation of the Monster are countless, with news of competitions, exhibitions and “customisations” of every kind, from all around the world, filling the pages of important sector and lifestyle magazines.

This incredible phenomenon, that in sixteen years has seen the Monster receive worldwide acclaim as a symbol of “coolness” and modernity, has motivated Ducati to initiate a project that celebrates and highlights the great artistic potential of this bike.

“Colour Therapy” represents the first stage of the Monster ART project.

Ducati with Colour Therapy offers ten new colour options: “Rosso GP” Red, “Verde Tricolore” Green, “Giallo Ducati” Yellow, “Lilla Glamour” Lilac, “Blu Italia” Blue, “Azzurro Mediterranei” Azure-Blue, “Arancione Scrambler” Orange, “Amaranto Glossy” Rich Purple, “Argento Vivo” Silver and “Oro Puro” Gold.

In Italy, France and Spain, you can choose all the new colour options at an additional price when purchasing the bike, or they can be purchased separately as a Ducati accessory (tank cover, mudguard, micro-bikini fairing and seat cover).

The 10 “Monster ART Kits” gives Monster owners the freedom to change the bike's colour at any time, so while today feels right for a classic colour, tomorrow just might call for a trendier shade. And changing the colour of the bike couldn’t be simpler: In just 10 minutes the Monster can be totally transformed.