In countries like India and, to a lesser degree, Thailand, you never know who or what might pop out on to the road at any given moment, so you need to be able to stop hard too. The Monster’s 320-mm twin Brembo discs upfront and 245-mm single disc at the back, equipped with ABS, help do just that. Stopping is achieved quickly and reassuringly with a firm tug of the brake lever, and this, more than anything else, lets you unleash the 821’s inner monster, safe in the knowledge that it can be tamed with a single crack of the Brembo whip.
The 821 will soon replace its younger siblings, the 795 and the 796, as the entry-level Monster in Ducati India’s line-up, and while a price-point of Rs 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Red and Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Dark (just another reason to buy the Dark!) is more expensive than other 800-cc offerings available in the market, it is also a cut above the rest in terms of everything it brings to the table, and, to my mind, will be the frontrunner of the 800-cc category once it begins rolling out in July (with sales opening in June) this year.