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To compare the technical specifications and features of Ducati Monster 696 and Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours is a good way to find out which one of these motorcycles will better match your style and requirements. You certainly have your own comfort zones in speeding, handling and sitting position and these should guide you to your choice of motorcycle. After comparing one motorcycle versus another and so on, the circle of favourite models will be then eventually narrowed to several ones. The most appropriate method of exploring them is to actually ride each of them or at least sit on them to see how they feel.

Ducati-Monster 696   vs   Kawasaki-GTR1400 Concours
Picture of Ducati - Monster 696Picture of Ducati - Monster 696
Ducati manufacturer Kawasaki
Monster 696 bike name GTR1400 Concours
Naked mootorcycle type Sport touring
2008 - 2013 year 2010
210 / 78 / 104 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)223 / 79 / 135 cm
696 cc engine displacement (cc)1352 cc
Marelli injection, 45mm throttle body fuel supply method Fuel injection
10.7:1 compression ratio 10.7:1
88x57.2 mm bore and stroke 84x61 mm
145mm (5.7 inches) ground clearance 125mm (4.9 inches)
3.2litres (3.4 quarts) engine oil capacity4.0litres (4.2 quarts)
15.0 litres (4 gallons) fuel tank capacity 22.0 litres (5.8 gallons)
210 km/h (130 mph) top speed254 km/h (157 mph)
79 hppeak horsepower 155 hp
69 nm (50.9 ft lbs)max torque 136 nm (100.3 ft lbs)
161 kg (355 lbs) dry weight292 kg (644 lbs)
185 kg (408 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 304 kg (670 lbs)
Showa (Marzocchi) 43mm inverted fork with 120mm wheel travel front suspension 43mm inverted fork with adjustable rebound and spring preload. The wheel travel is 113mm.
Sachs progressive linkage with preload and rebound adjustable mono shock. The rear wheel travel is 148mm. rear suspension Bottom link Unit-Trek with gas charged shock. The wheel travel is 136mm. Tetra lever rebound damping.
120/60-ZR17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
160/60-ZR17 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
6-speed APTC wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control transmission type 6-speed with wet multidisc clutch
Marelli electronic ignition, electric starting ignition / starting digital ignition and electric starting
dual 320mm disc with four piston caliper front brakes 2x310mm discs with 4-piston calipers
one 245mm disc with double-piston caliperrear brakes single disc with 270mm diameter and 2-piston caliper
Chain drivefinal drive typeShaft drive
Air coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
6.10 l/100km (38.6 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.60 l/100km (35.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Ducati Monster 696see data separatelytechnical specifications of Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours

The bigger engine size of Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours in comparison to Ducati Monster 696 doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. Both bikes has the same compression ratio of 10.7:1. This is the ration of the volumes in the cylinder in two stages of the stroke when the piston is at the lowest and then at the highest point in the cylinder.
The advantage of better fuel economy goes to Ducati Monster 696 consuming 6.10 liters per 100 kilometers. On the other hand Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours is consuming 6.60 liters on every 100 kilometer trip. Measuring the fuel economy in mpg shows how many miles of ride are covered by a gallon of fuel and measuring in l/100km shows the average fuel consumption in litters for every 100 kilometers riding.
bike tiresIf the time to replace your motorcycle tyres has come then you need to find the proper new ones. Your individual riding style is another factor that determines which type is appropriate in your case. To get the proper tire size requires that you know the meaning of the numbers and letters printed on the side of each tire. The width of the tire measured in millimeters is shown first. Both motorcycles have the same with of their front tires - 120 mm. The aspect ratio of the tire is represented by the second number of the code. The third of the code numbers reffers to the size of the rim and it is measured in inches. Buying motorcycle tires online can save you precious time and cash.
Ducati Monster 696 has a better ground clearance of 145mm ( for Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours it is 125mm). The ground clearance is also called the ride height and that is the distance between the base of the tyre and underside of the motorcycle’s body (the chassis). This is the shortest line between the body of a motorcycle and the surface of the road.
Comparing the top speed values of both motorcycles we can see that Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours is the faster one with 254km/h. As per the technical data of Ducati Monster 696 it would be behind it on the highway with 210km/h. Sometimes of course motorcycle speed statistics may be contradictory from various sources.
As shown in these motorcycles technical specifications they both use different type of final drive.
chain driven motorcycle One of the bikes (Ducati Monster 696) has the most frequently used final drive which is chain.Most motorcycles are produced with chain drive because of its economical way to transfer power to the rear wheel and convey the biggest percentage of engine power in that process. However all chains require keeping an eye on them and proper lubrication when they get dry and cleaning when they get dirty.The Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours is driven by shaft.
compression ratio is a value that represents the ratio of the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the lowest point it is ever gonna go down and the volume of gas when the piston is at its highest point. Its value for Ducati Monster 696 is 10.7:1 and for Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours is 10.7:1 based on the technical data of the motorcycles. In other words it represents how tightly the mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chamber is pressed before the ignition. If you got a motorcycle with a greater compression ratio for its specific engine it is getting better fuel economy than it would if it had a lesser compression ratio.
Engine oil is among the most important aspects of an engines health. Many different types of engine oils are available as minerral, part-synthetic and synthetic and they all come at different price. 3700 miles (6000 km) between oil changes is widely accepted rule. The quality of the synthetic oil allows up to 5000 miles (8000 km) between oil changes. Depending on the oil filter it needs to be replaced on each or every two oil changes. The technical specs show that the Ducati Monster 696 takes 3.2 litres of engine oil while the oil capacity of Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours is 4.0 litres. This oil capacity values are with informative purpose only. Pouring exactly the proper amount of oil needed is achieved by observing the level sight window or the dipstick marks.

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