"It's a Monster!"Like Giulio Malagoli, the Monster's lead engineer, said of his creation, "Isa one hundreda percenta Ducati. For sure-a it'sa Monster."Ducati knows what butters its exotic bike bread, and for you, Monster fan, they've created the new 696 in a sharp new package. The improvements to the chassis, suspension and braking are complemented by a smartly revised mill, with the bike's looks and accouterments as most delicious icing on the cake.
Il nuovo Monster 696: l'inizio di una nuova era! the chronology of ducati 2009 696
1993: The 904cc Monster with Desmodue engine (2-valve, air-cooled) is put into production.
1995: The Monster family expands with the introduction of the smaller 600cc model.
1996: The family is further expanded with the arrival of the 750cc model.
1998: The introduction of the Monster 600 Dark, Monster 900 Cromo and Monster 900 S.
2000: Technology and styling continue to develop. The latest arrival is the Monster 900 with EFI, and the styling of the entire range is updated.
2001: The evolution of sports models continues with the introduction of the Monster S4 with 916cc Desmoquattro engine and completely new running gear.
2002: EFI is introduced on the smaller models; the entry-level model now has a larger 618cc engine. All models benefit from the new running gear used on the S4.
2003: The Monster 800 and Monster 1000 are introduced, the latter equipped with the new Dual Spark engine.
2004: The flagship of the Monster range is introduced: the S4R with 996cc engine, single-side swingarm and totally revised styling and technology.
2005: The family grows with the arrival of the S2R powered by the 800cc Desmodue engine.
2006: The Monster S2R with 992cc engine is born. In addition, an authentic, no-compromise bike is introduced, the Monster S4R S Testastretta, a true naked Superbike with all the power and grunt of the Desmodromic "Testastretta" engine.
2007: The Monster family adds the new S4R Testastretta to its already impressive line-up. This new model is powered by the 130-hp Testastretta, deep-sump,L-Twin engine, previously powering only the top of the range S4R S. Another newcomer is the Monster 695 which replaces the entry-level 620.
2008: The Monster 696 is born.