my opinion is worthless, but im not sleepy yet so i'll share it anyway...
im not down with it. there are a number of reasons why, and so here we go:
1: its certainly not "pretty". the design of the original monster was muscular yet somehow elegant. the 2nd gen monster carried some, but not all of that same "panache". this looks like the result of a drunken bootycall between a streetfighter and a scrambler. all that plastic, weird stubby fender, offset shock, and lack of a seat cowl maybe? i dunno. however, looks are subjective. theres even chicks out there that dig me
2: its overpriced and under-spec'd. granted, $10K is cheap for a Ducati, but if you took away the branding and slapped "Hyosung" on it, would it still be worth it? they could have used slightly lower spec components in certain areas(brakes, LCD display) in order to either lower the total price or provide better componentry elsewhere(fork, engine), therefore balancing out the bike better.
3: new riders probably shouldn't buy a new Ducati(or any new bike), and most experienced riders probably wouldn't want the entry level Ducati either. heres where i'll elaborate.
IMHO, IMHO, and IMHO, new riders need something a little worn down to learn proper riding technique. tired engines, clutches, suspensions, and brakes are far more forgiving than brand new equipment. how many of you have yanked the throttle or grabbed the front brake on a sporty bike and almost crapped your pants? i bet that wouldn't have happened on a drum-brake bike with 32hp. i've said it a million times(ok maybe like a dozen) "find yourself a cb400 for $500. when you can wring that thing out, then find yourself something you can be proud of". you could also easily substitute $500 CB400 with $2,000 1st gen Monster and have similar learning experience and maybe wind up keeping it and not needing a replacement bike! in fact, im now going to permanently change my "Mantra" and replace CB400 with M600-750
next is the experienced rider buying his/her first Ducati. why in the world would anybody with riding experience buy this over a 1200 or even 821? its not as good and doesn't cost THAT much less(especially over 5 years). then there are leftovers. i'd bet my own butt when that thing hits showroom floors, some of those dealers will have leftover 821's, which would both be cheaper and superior to the 797.
in a nutshell, i think its a loser. i also think they will probably sell millions of them, but not for the right reasons. people who are scared of better bike will buy it because its Italian, and that is all.