Went to the MCN London bike show and picked up a bargain (I think) – A 3rd hand 2007 Ducati Monster 695 with only 8,500 miles on the clock and prestine body work – bike buying choices are so much better after a few beers. Admittidly the engine looks a bit grubby and was probably kept outside but it does look very nice. I know it’s not a Monster 900 but it’s my entry ticket into riding Ducati’s. I’m hoping that most of the parts are interchangable with the 696, which was the updated vesion or any other Monsters.
This is the first bike I will have owned where I will potentially look at performance modifications bcause I will have a bike that I think is worth doing it to – I’m not going to take advice from this guy though that’s for sure. But at 168Kg dry weight if you can get that a bit lighter it’s going to be even better – I figured new slip on end cans and upgrading the air filters while getting the ECU remapped will help to start with then probably look to upgrade the suspension as that seems to be a major niggle of 695 owners.
There’s no rush for all this though as I’m going to start the riding season with a great bike and that famous Ducati dry clutch sound. I’ll be using it for commuting as it looks comfy enough and small enough to get through the traffic but on the weekends and ride outs it should provide enough fun while I fix the project bikes up.
Anyway for those interested here are the Ducati Monster 695 stats:
DUCATI Monster 695 ENGINE
|Type||L-twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder Desmodromic; air cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||88 x 57.2 mm|
|Power *||53.7 kw – 73 hp @ 8500 rpm|
|Torque *||61 Nm – 6.2 kgm @ 6750 rpm|
|Fuel injection||Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body|
|Exhaust||2 aluminium mufflers|
* = Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer.
DUCATI Monster 695 TRANSMISSION
|Ratios||1st 32/13, 2nd 30/18, 3rd 28/21, 4th 26/23, 5th 22/22, 6th 24/26|
|Primary drive||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1|
|Final drive||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42|
|Clutch||APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control|
DUCATI Monster 695 CHASSIS
|Frame||Tubular steel trellis frame|
|Wheelbase||1440 mm / 56.7 in|
|Front suspension||Marzocchi 43 mm upside-down fork|
|Front wheel travel||130 mm / 5.1 in|
|Front brake||2 x 300 mm discs, 2-piston caliper|
|Front wheel||3-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 17|
|Front tyre||120/70 ZR 17|
|Rear suspension||Progressive linkage with preload and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshock|
|Rear wheel travel||148 mm / 5.8 in|
|Rear brake||245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper|
|Rear wheel||3-spoke light alloy 4.50 x 17|
|Rear tyre||160/60 ZR 17|
|Fuel tank capacity||14 L (of which 3 L reserve)/ 3.6 US gal (of which 0.8 US gal reserve)|
|Weight *||168 kg / 370 lbs|
|Seat height||770 mm / 30.3 in|
|Instruments||Electronic panel: speedometer, rev counter, warning light for low oil pressure, indicators for high beam, fuel reserve, turn signals, LCD clock, immobilizer|
|Warranty||2 years unlimited mileage|
Body Colours (Frame/Wheels)
(red – red – black) (matte black – matte black – black) (black – red – black)
* = The weight excludes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.