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To compare the technical specifications and features of Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) and Ducati Monster 821 is a good way to find out which one of these motorcycles will better match your style and requirements. When you know what specifications and features of a motorcycle will make you personally comfortable with it then your choice should be all about this criteria. After comparing one motorcycle versus another and so on, the circle of favourite models will be then eventually narrowed to several ones. Then these bikes in question could be best explored on the road where handling, performance and comfort of sitting position can be best felt in action.

Kawasaki-ZX-10R (ZX 1000E)   vs   Ducati-Monster 821
Picture of Kawasaki - ZX-10R (ZX 1000E)Picture of Kawasaki - ZX-10R (ZX 1000E)
Kawasaki manufacturer Ducati
ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) bike name Monster 821
Sport bike mootorcycle type Naked
Since 2004 year 2015
210 / 78 / 116 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)217 / 80 / 105 cm
998 cc engine displacement (cc)821 cc
Fuel injection digital fuel supply method EFI (electronic fuel injection), 53mm throttle bodies
13:1 compression ratio 12.8:1
76x55 mm bore and stroke 88x67.5 mm
135mm (5.3 inches) ground clearance 150mm (5.9 inches)
3.7litres (3.9 quarts) engine oil capacity3.4litres (3.6 quarts)
17.0 litres (4.5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 17.5 litres (4.6 gallons)
299 km/h (185 mph) top speed224 km/h (139 mph)
197 hppeak horsepower 112 hp
162 nm (119.5 ft lbs)max torque 89 nm (65.6 ft lbs)
175 kg (386 lbs) dry weight181 kg (399 lbs)
196 kg (432 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 205 kg (452 lbs)
43mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping and adjustable spring preload front suspension 43mm inverted fork, 130mm wheel travel
horizontal back-link with gas-charged shock, stepless spring rebound damping, fully adjustable preload rear suspension Aluminum double sided swing arm with 140mm rear wheel travel
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
190/55-ZR17 rear tyre size 180/60-ZR17
6-speed transmission type 6-speed wet multiplate clutch with control cable
Electric ignition / starting Electric starting, Marelli electronic ignition
Two semi-floating 310mm discs with 4-piston calipers front brakes dual 320mm semi-floating discs, four-piston Brembo calipers, radially mounted, ABS
Single 220mm disc with 1-piston caliperrear brakes single 245mm disc with double piston floating caliper, ABS
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
6.80 l/100km (34.6 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.30 l/100km (37.3 mpg)
technical specifications of Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E)see data separatelytechnical specifications of Ducati Monster 821

The bigger engine size of Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) in comparison to Ducati Monster 821 doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. We can see that the compression ratio of the first of this bikes is 13:1 and is the bigger one. This parameter shows how the volume in the engine cylinder when the piston is at the bottom end relates to the volume when the piston is at the top end. The bigger compression ratio means that the fuel/air mixture in the combustion chamber has a greater pressure and is burnt more effectively and therefore such a bike would have better fuel economy (talking about equal engine displacement).
The bike with a better fuel economy is the Ducati Monster 821 which can travel 37.3 miles with one gallon of fuel. Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) on the contrary can travel 34.6 miles with a gallon. Miles per gallon (mpg) is one way of describing the fuel economy of a motorcycle and liters per 100 kilometers (l/100km) is another.
how to buy motorcycle tiresEach motorcycle should be fitted with the type of tyres that are specified for it. Another considerable factor here is your own riding style. Tires have a code of numbers and letters printed on their sides and these are important to be understood properly when looking for matching tires. The width of the tire is represented by the first number. Both motorcycles have the same with of their front tires - 120 mm. The next number refers to the tire profile. How many inches is the diameter of the rim - that is what the tird number reveals. Looking online for motorcycle tires is a good way to easily find the right size at low price.
Ducati Monster 821 has bigger ground clearance than Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) (150mm vs 135mm). 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). In other words that is the shortest distance between the road surface and the lowest mechanical part of the motorcycle.
Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) is the faster of the two with top speed of 299 kilometers per hour against the max speed of 224 km/h specified to its opponent Ducati Monster 821. Those speed parameters of course may vary from different sources and in many occasions they are based on owners reviews.Motorcycle with liquid cooling system
Those two motorcycle use the same cooling system - liquid. The pretty constant ranges of operating temperature are typical for the liquid cooled engines. Keeping the operating temperature at a very narrow range allows many engine components to be optimised for these temperatures. The liquid (coolant) is forced by the water pump to circulate from the radiator to the engine and back. A thermostat turns on an electric fan to draw more air over the radiator in case the motorcycle slows down and the air flowing through the radiator is not enough to cool the liquid inside it to the desired level. Finally this type of cooling makes it is easier to meet emissions and noise regulations and increase power output.
chain final drive Both motorcycles Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) and Ducati Monster 821 have the same final drive - chain. It is a fact that the majority of motorcycles around the world are driven by chains. Chains are simple and efficient way to transmit horsepower from the engine to the rear wheel. However chains have their down points - more frequent need of maintenance (lubrication and cleaning) which means that a biker should always keep an eye on the chain especially in rainy days or dusty roads.
Compression ratio - this parameter refers to how the cylinder's space changes from when the piston is down at its lowest point to when the piston is up at its highest point in the stroke. As mentioned in the information of their technical data the values of the compression ratios are 13:1 for Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) and 12.8:1 for Ducati Monster 821. Premium fuel might be recommended for some motorcycles with high levels of compression ration in order to avoid engine knocking. With internal combustion engines the higher compression ratio allows higher efficiency because the combustion temperature is reached with less fuel.
To keep the engine in good health it is important to observe the good qulity and proper level of the motor oil. Synthetic engine oils are considered the most technically advanced one and are more expensive than the mineral oils which come at lower price. The engine oil is to be changed on every 3700 miles (or 6000 kilometers) as a general 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 oil capacity of Kawasaki ZX-10R (ZX 1000E) is 3.7 litres and the engine oil of Ducati Monster 821 is 3.4 litres as per their technical specs. The oil capacity here is just to give you a rough idea of how much oil you need on an oil change. 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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