Indian middle-weight motorcycle segment is getting hotter day by day as almost every major motorcycle maker in the world has launched its motorcycle of the same segment in the Indian two-wheeler market. Recently, Ducati launched its new Monster 821 bike in India which was actually relaunched after it was taken off the charts last year during emission norms rules were changed and the country shifted from BSIII to BSIV. In the article today we compare the Ducati’s latest Monster 821 against the mighty Kawasaki 900, and the Triumph Street Triple S.
Engine and Power Comparison –
Out of all the three motorcycles, the most power is the Kawasaki Z900 which is even more potent version of the earlier Z800 motorcycle which was already a class leading motorcycle. Talking about the new Z900, the carries a 948cc In-Line Four cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that generates more than 123 bhp of maximum power at 9,500 rpm and 98.6Nm of peak torque comes at 7,700 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. The out figures from this motorcycle sure looks promising but on the other hand, its Italian and British rivals are not far behind.
Talking about the new Monster 821, it utilizes an 821cc Testastretta 11 Degree L-Twin engine that churns out close to 108bhp at 9,250 rpm and 86 Nm at 7,750 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox but unlike the Z900, it also offers an optional bi-directional quick shifter. What comes very close to the output figures on the Monster 821 is the Triumph Street Triple S which runs on 765cc In-Line Triple cylinder engine which is liquid cooled, this engine delivers 110bhp of full power at 11,250 rpm and 73 Nm of peak torque comes at 10,421 rpm. And like the Monster, it also comes with a 6-speed transmission.
So when it comes to number alone, Kawasaki Z900 comes as a winner since it offers significantly more power and torque compared to both of its rivals.
Equipment and Features Comparison –
Though the Ducati Monster 821 might not be the most powerful bike in its class but as old folks say it’s not all about the power, it’s about how all that power is used. The new Monster is the most feature loaded motorcycle when all its rivals are taken into consideration. The bike comes packed with the latest and most futurist electronics such as Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS 9.1 MP), Power modes (Touring, Sport, and Urban), Ride-by-Wire, TFT color display, and passenger cover seat. All these features comes as standard on the Monster 821, while other features such as Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Safety system and Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA), comes as optional.
Talking about its Japanese rival, Z900 doesn’t have much in comparison with the Monster, as it only offers standard ABS. On the flip side Triumph Street Triple S features quite a lot of stuff such as ABS and switchable traction control, Road and Rain riding modes, and an LCD instrument panel. The meter on the bike has been taken off from its last version which is a semi-digital panel. While the one seen on Kawasaki has been updated fully when compared to the earlier Z800 motorcycle. It now features a digital needle configuration and at the same time displaying everything else digitally.
In terms of features and equipment, it is clearly the Ducati Monster 821 that shines out as the clear winner out of all.
Brakes Comparison –
The Ducati Monster 821 is the only bike in the category to offer Brembo front brakes as standard. The bike comes with dual 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted monoblock Brembo M4-32 calipers at the front while at the back sits twin-piston calipers disc brakes. Kawasaki uses dual 300 mm front petal disc brakes at the front and a single 250 mm rear petal disc brake at the back. The Triumph Street Triple S comes fitted with Nissin twin-piston sliding calipers at the front and Brembo single piston sliding calipers at the back.
Price Comparison –
The Kawasaki Z900 comes out as an option priced the lowest in its segment, it currently retails at Rs 7.68 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). On the other hand, the Triumph Street Triple S is almost Rs 80,000 costlier than the same, priced at Rs 8.50 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). The Ducati Monster comes out as the most costly proposition at Rs 9.51 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi).