I'd say that everything that Ducati made in 1993 is still around.Exactly. It's actually quite an accomplishment on the Monster's behalf. What else did Ducati make in 1993 that's still around? Supersport I guess? That's all I can think of. The Monster has managed to maintain it's position long enough to have multiple generations. Which in turn means more than one type of enthusiast and buyer. Which in my opinion, means dropping comparison to previous models and generations. Find what makes you happy and embrace it. Old or new, appreciate things for what they are and have to offer. Without lamenting over what they aren't, or used to be.
They only had 3 bikes at the time -- Superbike (last year of the 888), SuperSport (900SS at the time) and the new M900 Monster. They make modern versions of all of those bikes, over several generations.