Kawasaki Z800 vs. Ducati Monster 795: The battle begins

Returning to Vietnam at the end of 2014, the Kawasaki Z800 became a breath of fresh air for the 800cc segment – where the Ducati Monster 795 has dominated for so long.

Since its launch, the Ducati Monster 795 ABS has always “made waves” in the Vietnamese market because the 800cc segment is being left open by manufacturers. However, at the end of 2014, the first Kawasaki Z800s were brought in by private car importers with a selling price of about 335 million VND. Therefore, many people are wondering which of these two 800cc cars to choose. Below we will make a few small comparisons to see the strengths and weaknesses of each car.

Designs

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Overall, the Kawasaki Z800 has a fierce appearance that takes many cues from its elder brother, the Z1000. This is most clearly shown in the pair of sharp headlights, the high fuel tank and the muscular lines located throughout the vehicle. Next, the rear part was also carefully taken care of by Kawasaki engineers with a high-stroked rear combined with LED taillights shaped like two opposing Z letters, a large rear wheel and a sporty dual exhaust, giving the Z800 a look. Extremely imposing and sturdy when viewed from the back. Another valuable detail that brings beauty to the Z800 is the semi-open, semi-closed engine that shows off its powerful 806cc heart and 4 extremely impressive exhaust pipes under the car.

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Meanwhile, the design of the Monster 795 contrasts with the aggressive look of its competitors with a simple beauty such as round headlights, a fuel tank with 2 ventilation holes as a highlight, a lightly stroked saddle and a lattice frame. typical Ducati house. In addition, the two exhaust pipes placed close to the rear seat and the sturdy three-spoke wheels are also a special feature that brings aesthetics to this popular Italian car.

Size, weight

The Kawasaki Z800 has an overall length of 2,100mm, width of 800mm, height of 1,050mm, seat height of 834mm and dry weight of 231kg. With the above numbers, it is clear that the Japanese car model has a rather massive and sturdy appearance, giving it the ability to grip the road at high speeds and feel secure when entering bends.

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Famous for its super light weight “beasts”. Ducati’s darling only has a dry weight of 169 kg and a saddle height of 770mm. Thanks to that, Monster 795 is suitable for the physique and body shape of the majority of Asians as well as Vietnamese people.

Engine

Housed inside the Z800’s steel tube frame is a 4-cylinder, in-line, 806cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine block that produces a maximum capacity of 113 horsepower at 10,200 rpm. 83Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm, comes with a 6-speed gearbox.

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As the car that came to the market first, the Ducati Monster 795 is no less competitive when equipped with an engine block with a capacity of up to 803cc inherited from the elder Monster 796 L-Twin Desmodromic type combined with a 6-speed wet clutch gearbox. . However, this engine block only possesses a maximum capacity of 87 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 78Nm at 6,250 rpm, which is a weakness of the car when compared. But in return, the Monster 795 has a dry weight of 169 kg, so the car’s top speed is not inferior to its rival Z800 from Japan.

Conclude

It can be said that Kawasaki Z800 and Ducati Monster 795 are a pair of rivals in the 800cc naked bike segment. If the Z800 has a strong, muscular appearance, the Monster 795 has a gentle, delicate appearance. The Z800 has a high saddle height and large volume, while the Monster 795 has a smaller saddle height and mass suitable for Vietnamese people. The Z800 has high horsepower and torque, while the Monster 795 is more modest in both horsepower and torque. In general, the Kawasaki Z800 was born for those who love sinewiness and strength, while the Monster 795 will target those who love the delicate appearance and strong heart of Ducati’s monster.

Currently, the price for the Kawasaki Z800 ABS is a bit more affordable at about 335,000,000 VND compared to the Ducati Monster 795 ABS at 375,000,000 VND.

The Anh (TTTD)

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