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2020 Ducati Monster 821 Stealth: Matte black loud pack

The middle Monster might be the best with its combination of light weight, loud pipes and friendly handling.

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Kyle Hyatt

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This middleweight Monster looks mean and has a big bark, but won't bite you.

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That friendliness is down to Ducati's excellent frame geometry, stellar electronics suite and tractable engine.

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Don't get me wrong, it still looks and feels like the Italian exotic that you'd expect, just not so intimidating.

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The 821-cc L-twin engine makes 109 epic-sounding horsepower and plenty of torque.

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But it's delivered in a way that's tractable and easy on new riders.

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The Monster 821 Stealth also has a solid gearbox with a standard quickshifter that makes riding the canyons a blast.

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My highly-accessorized test bike is just the right side of too much with all its carbon and milled aluminum bits.

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The controls are typical modern Ducati -- simple and nicely laid out.

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The Monster is unique among many motorcycles thanks to its big aluminum lever that simplifies tank removal.

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The flyscreen and LED lighting add to the look but also make riding nicer thanks to the increased wind protection and conspicuity.

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