Ducati 620 Sport

13 Фев 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Ducati 620 Sport отключены

Was I in for a culture shock? I thought so I was presented with the latest Ducati 620 Sport after returning from testing the 999 and a new ST4S! There I was standing in of a spartan motorcycle which at glance looked as if it had just re-born from the 70’s.

its half fairing, traditional L Twin engine, slim even slimmer tyres and solid suspension (better last year though) I thought I was in for a trip down lane! The little 620 Sport had done 140 miles and was tight as It felt like it the minute I to ride it away, with its stiff 5 speed gearbox and pull clutch I was not looking to living with this for the next week or so.

The first was mainly on dual carriageways and for about 80 miles so we had a little to get aquainted and to get a few straight miles its belt. Surprisingly even now just about 250 miles on it it was to feel a little better on and the motor was beginning its first of loosening up, a few more miles and it be ok for a through test session.

ridden back mainly on I got a good chance to test the and comfort factor of this of Ducatis. My initial feeling was it would be hard work to it up to speed and that I would get and pains in places that I don’t, this was proven even on my first ride. The thing that got me thinking discomfort was the seating position in to the height of the bars.

Usually the bar level and seat is horizontally level if you look at modern sportsbikes, on this Sport the bars are in fact the seat level (like a bike) and this would make for severe wrist This was not the case to my surprise, it was in quite comfortable even the seat was high. As regards the it was somewhat stiff in comparison to Japanese bikes but was yet to be tested to the on ordinary roads.

The 620 Sport is with an upgraded Marelli for this year, and it really with the smoothness of the motor and the progression of acceleration. No flat no hesitation, a really well injection system which other manufacturers could a lot from. The motor has had quite a few made to it for 2003 and power has increased to 61bhp and the torque is now up to

This has been acheived by a of valve work, airbox exhaust retuning and lengthening of the The suspension has also been by the fitting of USD 43mm Marzocch and a rear Sachs adjustable These modifications really a difference to the way this little rides, although a fairly ride it is a significant improvement on years bike.

Looking at the bike or riding it, all to practicality are painfully obvious. The foundation, however, remains. A steel trellis frame, on the celebrated early ’80s Squadra Corse works and this shows in the fact the Ducati’s best qualities are in motion.

Make the longish to the bar and push the red button and the digital injection triggers an unfairly desmodromic exhaust note, fit a of decent end cans and you will an extra 10bhp mentally! On the side fuel delivery is the clutch (spinning in oil instead of although stiff at first was now a lot better (or was I getting used to and the gearbox (a little rigid at was beginning to smooth change the five-speeds nicely as you approach

With relatively tall and not much horsepower below rpm, firm suspension and cruel ergonomics, town involve a little more than usual for a sports but adjourn to the open roads and the gearing drops the twin a relaxed state of mind at less than 90 mph! great fuel economy the 16lt tank you will get 180 miles on a tankfull, if you can stay on it for long!

Initially the seat provides no comfort at all, but after a few miles it tends to soften only then will you be to ride it through the tankfull! Our was noticeably revvier with miles on the clock than it was out of the box, spin up between and 8250 rpm and the difference in performance a few days earlier was very

You don’t need an alibi for not the 620Sport in town, it simply its best job out on the twisty open The slim, 160/60-17 section tyre sticks well the overall weight of the bike and the steering, although heavier most Japanese 600’s is precise. The chassis mostly any attempt at midcorner countersteering, better to shift your rather than try to tighten line.

Slowing down is no drama for the Sport as it is now fitted twin Brembo Gold 320mm discs with 4 calipers, a real improvement the previous single disc With good feed and progressive braking you can reduce with little effort. flowing roads transform the into a scalpel in the hands of a rider, it steers well and has stability on almost any corner.

are no nasty scraping sounds at lean angles and the sheer you can carry with this showed well in a chase by a on my favourite road. Needless to say he had a hard time keeping up not on the straight bits!) on most


With all it’s little traits and lowish output logic says go for like an SV650 as your real sportsbike, I say try one of these a few miles on it, you won’t be dissapointed! may well have a little adapting to the Sport’s quirks, and will want more than it can deliver, but after one of these and getting to know it you be ready for the next step far than most. If you suffer a little shortness in the leg then go for the 620 with it’s low seat whichever you decide on you will get a motorcycle with a bit of class and a lot of style.

2nd Opinion

Collecting the brought back a load of for me. One of the last Ducatis I owned, a time ago, was a 600 Pantah, and the is, in a very real sense, a descendant of that bike. The introduced to the world the idea of driven cams, oil level glasses and something approaching reliability in an engine with stamped on the cases.

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That engine, albeit slightly and fitted with fuel lives on in the SS and Monster range.

Something else that seemed familiar as well. The was blessed with suspension conformed with the 80’s of fine handling — it as rigid as you can while still bumps. Well, slightly,

The SS is blessed with a totally suspension setup which is totally non compliant when it to surface irregularities. It’s got a very similar riding In fact, riding this was a little like experiencing a

Funny thing is, though, although the 620SS felt exactly like riding a set up 1983 600 Pantah, that is not a criticism. I remember the Pantah was a bike — I raced one in F2 for a and it always did me fine — but I expected the little SS to feel and primitive. That it doesn’t is a to an extremely good design has been sympathetically modernised.

rock hard suspension is surprisingly effective and the venerable churns out lovely big dollops of right where you want it threatening to overwhelm the back

I’d be less than honest if I said that the was enormously comfortable. But then it isn’t uncomfortable either, and to more extreme tackle on it’s a veritable armchair. also be deceiving you if I said it was blindingly fast.

But it has plenty of accessible, real-world and gives larger, far more bikes a fair run for the money.

say Ducati have pulled off a neat trick here. I don’t think even would deny the fact the suspension comes from the bin and the basic design is at least 20 old, the 620SS manages to outstandingly well and go far better it has any right to. The last facelift has it looking pretty smart, it has name on the tank, it’s priced and it is, in most ways, unthreatening.

Until this I could only recommend one big bike. Funnily enough, it is a vee twin of a similar capacity. Now are two.

I can honestly say that I think of a better first bike. And that’s not something hear me say very often.

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