Published on February 20th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ducati Malaysia Introduces The 796 Corse Stripe
Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) has just launched the 796 Corse Stripe at Ducati Centre Petaling Jaya. The latest incarnation of the Monster series combines the user-friendliness of the 696 with the sporty nature of the 1100 and brings the magic of the mid-range back to the Monster family.
“Still a roaring success more than 20 years after its sensational debut at the Cologne Motorcycle Show back in 1992, the Monster range continues to captivate motorcyclists across the globe with its subtle evolution. The 796 is a refined and sophisticated machine which boasts the unmistakable Monster style and has become the new ‘urban icon’ of hand built Italian naked motorcycles,“ said Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, NAZA Group of Companies Joint Group Executive Chairman.
Present at the event were En Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels Division and Mr. CW Juan, General Manager of Next Bike Sdn Bhd.
With revised ergonomics, and increased power, thanks to the brand new Desmodue 796 engine at its heart, the Monster 796 perfectly balances lifestyle performance with everyday functionality. Standard ABS and the striking Corse Stripe livery further emphasise Ducati’s authentic sporting spirit.
All elements, mounted on a light and immensely strong Trellis frame, have been redesigned and redeveloped to ensure that form follows function. Powered by a lightweight 803cc Desmodue air-cooled engine, the Monster 796 delivers an impressive 87hp at 8250 rpm and 58lb-ft of torque at 6250rpm.
True to its minimalistic and Monster-ous nature, the 796 keeps with Ducati’s ‘less is more’ philosophy that is behind this range and all details detracting from the Monster concept have been eliminated. Less weight, more torque and high quality componentry makes the Monster 796 a smooth, responsive and thrilling ride.
Front suspension is handled by user-friendly 43mm Kayaba forks whilst a sporty single sided swingarm is controlled by a Sachs unit with adjustable spring and damping settings at the rear. The swingarm lends to the reduced final weight and improved road handling. A mildly urbanized riding position with higher handlebars inspires confidence and a new seat has been designed to enhance riding comfort.
“This mid-sized Monster is bound to become a new favourite amongst Malaysian riders and we estimate that this model will contribute 35% of Ducati’s sales for 2014. Available to the local market as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units from Thailand, the Monster 796 Corse Stripe offers exceptional value for the price of RM63,888 (net selling price),” stated Datuk Wira SM Faisal.
During the launch event, Ducati Malaysia announced its latest offering to Ducati owners – the Ducati Safety Course (DSC) program which is a prelude program to the global Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) program, with levels ranging from ‘beginner’ to ‘advanced’. The DRE program would be run by a well-trained team of professionals and certification is provided in accordance with the bike and skills of the rider. In conjunction with the launch of the Monster 796, Ducati Malaysia introduce its first DSC beginner course that covers proper riding style, maintenance and familiarizing riders with their bikes. The first DSC program will be conducted in the brand’s flagship showroom this weekend to its owners and members of the public are able to experience a mini version of the program on Sunday for FREE. Other DSC locations proposed include Penang and Johor.
More exciting information about Ducati Malaysia may be obtained at http://www.ducati.com.my and http://www.facebook.com/DucatiMY. Follow @Ducati_MY for the latest updates and offerings of Ducati. For more information, please contact Ducati Centre Malaysia at 03-7956 7799 or email to [email protected].