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Looking at the detailed specifications of both motorcycles Ducati Monster 796 and BMW F700GS is a proper approach to determine which of the two is more likely to match your style of riding and to satisfy your preferences. You certainly have your own comfort zones in speeding, handling and sitting position and these should guide you to your choice of motorcycle. The long personal list of favourite motorcycle models can be narrowed to just a few ones after comparing their pictures and technical specifications. Then the most appropriate judgement can be made when each of them is taken for a real ride.

Ducati-Monster 796   vs   BMW-F700GS
Picture of Ducati - Monster 796Picture of Ducati - Monster 796
Ducati manufacturer BMW
Monster 796 bike name F700GS
Naked mootorcycle type Adventure
Since 2010 year 2013
211.4 / 78.4 / 108 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)228 / 89 / 124 cm
803 cc engine displacement (cc)798 cc
Fuel injection - electronic fuel supply method electronic intake pipe injection
11:1 compression ratio 12:1
88x66 mm bore and stroke 82x75.6 mm
150mm (5.9 inches) ground clearance 255mm (10 inches)
3.7litres (3.9 quarts) engine oil capacity3.2litres (3.4 quarts)
15.0 litres (4 gallons) fuel tank capacity 16.0 litres (4.2 gallons)
203 km/h (126 mph) top speed192 km/h (119 mph)
87 hppeak horsepower 74 hp
78 nm (57.5 ft lbs)max torque 57 nm (42 ft lbs)
167 kg (368 lbs) dry weight186 kg (410 lbs)
187 kg (412 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 209 kg (461 lbs)
43mm upside down forks front suspension 41mm telescopic fork with 180mm wheel travel
progressive linkage with preload and rebound adjustable monoshock rear suspension cast aluminum dual swing arm, central spring strut, rebound damping adjustable, 170mm wheel travel
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 110/80-19
180/55-ZR17 rear tyre size 140/80-17
6-speed transmission type 6-speed multiple disc clutch in oil bath
Electric ignition / starting Electric
Dual 320mm discs, 4-piston radial callipers front brakes two 300mm discs with 2-piston calipers, ABS
Single 245mm disc, 2-piston calliperrear brakes single 265mm disc with 1-piston caliper
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Air coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.60 l/100km (42 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)4.80 l/100km (49 mpg)
technical specifications of Ducati Monster 796see data separatelytechnical specifications of BMW F700GS

The bigger engine size of Ducati Monster 796 in comparison to BMW F700GS doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. The bigger compression ratio of 12:1 belongs to the second bike. This ratio is the relation of the volume in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of the stroke to the volume in the cylinder when the gas is compressed and the piston is at the top of the stroke. When one of two bikes with same engine displacement has a higher compression ratio it also has a better fuel economy because the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber is burning at higher pressure and with better thermal efficiency.
The better fuel economy of 4.80 l/100km belongs to BMW F700GS compared to the Ducati Monster 796's fuel consumption of 5.60 l/100km. Miles per gallon (mpg) is one way of describing the fuel economy of a motorcycle and liters per 100 kilometers (l/100km) is another.
front and rear tiresIf the time to replace your motorcycle tyres has come then you need to find the proper new ones. Your type of riding is also to be taken into account here. The code designators located on the side of each tires is something that you should be aware of if you want to find proper tires for your bike. The width of the tire is represented by the first number. After that comes the aspect ration shown by the second number in the code. And the third number indicats the diameter of the rim in inches. Looking online for motorcycle tires is a good way to easily find the right size at low price.
BMW F700GS has a better ground clearance of 255mm ( for Ducati Monster 796 it is 150mm). Usually given in millimeters in the technical data sheets, the ground clearance refers to the space between ground level and underside of a motorcycle’s chassis and sometimes is called ride height. In other words that is the shortest distance between the road surface and the lowest mechanical part of the motorcycle.
Ducati Monster 796 is the faster of the two with top speed of 203 kilometers per hour against the max speed of 192 km/h specified to its opponent BMW F700GS. While some motorcycle manufacturers pretend for precise top speed parameters, often these values are only approximate.
chain driven motorcycle The same final drive (chain) is used with these two bikes Ducati Monster 796 and BMW F700GS. 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. Many bikers may complain of the need of constant care though. Since the chain is exposed to dust, sun and rain it needs to be periodically cleaned and properly lubricated.
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. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 11:1 for Ducati Monster 796 and 12:1 for BMW F700GS. This is actually the relation between the biggest and the smallest capacity of the combustion chamber. With internal combustion engines the higher compression ratio allows higher efficiency because the combustion temperature is reached with less fuel.
The good quality of the engine oil is an important factor in keeping the motorcycle in peak condition. Many different types of engine oils are available as minerral, part-synthetic and synthetic and they all come at different price. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. Synthetic oil can be changed less often though. The oil filter needs to be replaced too and that is usually to be done with the oil change. According to the technical specs the engine oil capacity is 3.7 litres for Ducati Monster 796 and 3.2 litres for BMW F700GS. This oil capacity values are with informative purpose only. The proper amount of oil needed is best judged while observing the reading on the level sight window (or the dipstick).

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