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2021 Ducati Monster loses weight, gains power and makes us crazy

The new Monster undergoes the most radical changes since the model's 1993 debut, and that's no bad thing.

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Kyle Hyatt

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2021 Ducati Monster

The new Monster is the result of the model's biggest update since its 1993 debut.

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Ducati's engineers ditched the iconic trellis frame and the metal rear subframe to save huge amounts of weight.

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The new Monster is almost 40 pounds lighter than the outgoing Monster 821.

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The bike is also meant to be approachable and confidence-inspiring even for shorter riders.

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To accommodate shorter riders, Ducati gives the bike a low standard seat height and a narrow saddle.

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There's also an optional lower seat and even a suspension kit that drop's the bike's ride height.

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The engine is new and bigger, with 111 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque.

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The engine is also almost 5.5 pounds lighter than the outgoing model's.

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To cap it off, the Monster gets a suite of advanced rider electronics to make it safer and faster.

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