Both the bikes in the list are very new launches in the Indian market. In fact, both were launched very recently, one day apart from each other. Technically, we have a storm brewing in form of these two bikes and it would be really interesting to see how these two fares against each other. Both the bikes have a lineage as old as the R&B era and both have been called legends. The Monster 797 has been said as the closest a Monster can get to the old school original Monster 1993 while the Street Triple S has clearly come far from where it originally began.
The Street Triple S has gotten a fresh update in the form of the 765cc motor which was earlier 675cc. The engine is now 765cc Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder engine. The engine now produces a respectable power figure in the form of 113 PS / 111.5 bhp (83kW) @ 11250 rpm and the torque stands at 73 Nm @ 10421 rpm.
While the Ducati though has a bigger powerhouse but produces 35bhp less than its British rival. The engine on the Ducati is 803cc L-Twin cylinder, 2 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, air cooled engine. The power output on the Ducati is 55 kW (75 hp) @ 8,250 rpm and 68.9 Nm (50.8 lb-ft) @ 5,750 rpm. Both the bikes come with 6-speed manual transmission.
But where Triumph truly excels is in its power to weight ratio. At 597 bhp per metric Ton, its power to weight ratio clearly greater than the Ducati’s 383 bhp per metric Ton (Calculations are done on wet weight). So no prizes for guessing who wins a quarter-mile race.
Features and equipment comparison:
Both the bikes are unique in terms of overall features these bikes offer. The Ducati boasts off Bosch ABS, LED position light and tail light, USB power socket, and the Brembo Monobloc M4.32 calipers. The Triumph, on the other hand, comes loaded with more modern bits like dual riding modes, Showa suspension front and rear, switchable traction control, and electronic throttle control. Ducati has a better braking system in form of the Brembo calipers in place on the Street’s Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers. Monster 797 comes with a combination of KYB shocks at the front and Showa shocks at the rear, while the Street offers both (front and rear) Showa shocks as standard.
Meter and Instrumentation:
Monster 797 comes with an all LCD instrument panel that shows information like the speed, rpm, total distance ridden, trip1, trip2, engine oil temperature, clock, average speed and trip time. While the panel on the Street is a mixed analog and digital unit. The rpm is displayed in analog form while speed, fuel gauge, odometer, trip meter and journey distance is displayed digitally.
The Ducati is good Rs 72,000 cheaper than the Triumph Street Triple S. The Triumph is priced at Rs 8.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the Ducati is priced at Rs 7.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).