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The Ducati Desmodue V-twin, thought to have had its final hurrah with the Ducati Scrambler series machines, has made a comeback with the 2017 Ducati Monster 797. Carrying an 803 cc Desmodue Euro 4-compliant engine, the Monster 797 is a return to roots of the original 1992 Monster 900, somewhat.

Producing 75 hp at 8,250 rpm and 69 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm, the Monster 797 is now the “baby” Monster in the range. Designed to be fun and accessible to all riders, new or old, the Monster 797 uses Bosch ABS, and brakes use a pair of Brembo M4.32 radial-mounted calipers.

Suspension is by Kayaba and Sachs, front and rear, respectively. The front fork is a Kayaba 43 mm upside-down unit, non-adjustable, while the rear is a Sachs absorber with adjustable pre-load and rebound.

Full LCD instrumentation graces the cockpit, and LEDs are used for the side-lights and tail light, with a USB port tucked under the seat for charging electronic devices. The Monster 797 is also ready for for the Ducati Multimedia System, which is an extra-cost option. Three colour options are available – Ducati Red, Star White Silk and Dark Stealth.

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For the rest of the Monster family, the Monster 821 continues on with its liquid-cooled 821 cc Testastretta engine that produces 112 hp. Two versions are available – the Monster 821 in Ducati Red and Dust Grey, and the Monster 821 Stripe that comes in dedicated graphics omits the passenger seat cover.

At the top-of-the-range, the Monster 1200 is available in three versions – the Monster 1200, 1200 S and 1200 R. The 1200 and 1200 S come with the Testastretta 11 DS engine that displaces 1,198 cc and produces 150 hp at 9,250 rpm and 126.2 Nm torque at 7,750 rpm.

The Ducati Monster 1200 only comes in Ducati Red, while the 1200 S can be had in Ducati Red or Liquid Concrete Grey. The 1200 S gets fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension along with Brembo brakes and quickshifter, while the base 1200 makes do with Kayaba forks in front and a Sachs absorber in the rear.

Sitting at the top of the range is the Ducati Monster 1200 R, which boasts of 160 hp at 9,250 rpm and 131 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm from its version of the Testastretta engine. Coming in Ducati Red or Thrilling Black, the Monster 1200 R comes with fully-adjustable Ohlins, as well as an Ohlins steering damper, plus Brembo brakes, quickshifter, forged wheels and a performance exhaust.

In Malaysia, the 2016 Ducati Monster 821 retails for RM75,999, while the 2016 Monster 1200 and 1200 S go for RM107,999 and RM120,999, respectively. The Monster 1200 R is only available by special order.