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Ducati Monster 620

Making A Best-Seller Better

Monster 620 is an enigma. To purists, a joke, a wannabe Ducati, newbies and women ride. To newbies and women, however, salvation-an affordable, beginner-friendly that grants them to the fraternity of Ducatisti.

That’s why the Italian company’s best-selling was, prior to the arrival of the

If there’s a problem with the it’s that owners to quickly outgrow it. Not literally-its 30.3-inch seat height is one of the attractions for shorter riders-but The softly sprung suspension the mufflers drag in corners.

The low makes the rider feel as he or she is about to row back on a set of oars. And the is difficult to modulate, especially for with small hands.

these issues and the parts to address them, we quickly it wouldn’t take long to our $1500 budget. A set of Ducati titanium high-mount slip-on costs $963, for example, a pair of CycleCat multi-adjustable sells for $490-and requires the use of a top triple clamp. That leave money for much

So we turned to the Internet, and with from the great god Google found less-expensive alternatives. LeoVince (www.leovinceusa.com) makes of the most beautiful exhaust on the planet, so it’s a bonus SBK Oval Aluminum slip-ons just $554. We opted for the versions, which are 101-decibel racing cans with street inserts that noise to a whisper-quiet (yet throaty) alleged 85 dB.

More to our cause, the slip-ons are 4 inches at the leading edge, which them unlikely to drag in They also weigh (8.5 pounds for the pair; the weight of the stockers) and boost slightly (56.9 horsepower and pound-feet of torque vs. 54.9 bhp and lb.-ft.).

Interestingly, the slip-ons the same peak power or without the inserts, and make more midrange power in mode.

Naturally, we would to have improved performance (a 695cc kit would be a no-brainer), but our budget in mind settled for the final-drive ratio from a countershaft to a 14. Cost: just This hastened the Monster’s while only making it buzzier at freeway speeds.

Improving the ergonomics proved to be Eastern Cycle (www.easterncycleducati.com) risers that bolt the stock clamps to raise the 1.25 inch, effectively the grips .75-inch closer to the Cost: just $64.95. Manufacturing (www.zianet.com/genmar/) sells a but slightly better finished set for $10

Both retain the stock and clutch hoses, though you to swivel the banjos and reroute the hose so there’s sufficient play. As an added benefit, the stops can be adjusted to give sweep and a tighter turning more hitting the stops and over!

Solving the saggy wasn’t much of a problem for our 130-pound female rider. We our fork legs to Race (www.racetech.com), where technicians in a set of straight-rate .85 kg-m springs and in medium-weight oil, setting the at 120mm. Cost: $282.46 for and labor, or $147.46 for the parts

Out back, we dialed in some shock-spring preload until we had an of sag, and increased rebound to cope. (Heavier riders want to hit up Race Tech for a spring.) Incidentally, the shock and fork cartridges are sealed, so be revalved or rebuilt.

So set up, our Monster was less prone to hard parts, but felt too in the front. Ordinarily we would pulled the fork tubes up the triple clamps, but doing so have reduced cornering in contrast to what we were to achieve. That meant the rear, but the M620 has a solid link rod that doesn’t for ride-height adjustments.

The solution is to a threaded rod from a Monster the parts have to be ordered at a cost of $233. Fortunately, Cycle offers a link rod to lower the M620 that can be used to raise it. Cost:

We adjusted the ride height so the sat 5mm higher in the rear and presto: steering and more precise

Next up was the clutch, which in form engages when the lever is far from the handgrip-not you want on an entry-level motorcycle at short riders with hands. Installing a set of adjustable should have been but proved problematic when we find any that worked the stock micro-switch that the bike from starting in

We finally bolted on a set of 916 levers and the banjo with a hydraulic made by KS Technologies. Cost: for the levers, $21.95 for the switch.

The clutch lever let us move the of engagement closer to the grip, but the of engagement was still too narrow. So we hit up Ken at Evoluzione Cyclesports (www.evoluzione.net) for a slave cylinder, which a 20 percent greater range of and further reduces lever The Evoluzione kit is remarkably complete, all the necessary parts and hardware, clear, concise instructions.


So, if you’ll allow us a editorial license, our mods now $1227.50. What to do with the $272.50? We took a few steps took a long, hard at Il Mostro and decided the rear had to go.

Pro Italia Motors sells an kit that does away the black-plastic duckbill and everything it, but installation requires trimming 6 off the subframe-which we would have in a heartbeat had our bike not been on from Ducati. So we chose the responsible-and, at $19.99, cheaper-option and a license plate relocater Evoluzione Cyclesports. This aluminum piece retains the duckbill but replaces everything it for a cleaner look.

We then the ungainly stock mirrors a set of CRG Lane-Splitter bar-ends, which 90 degrees to allow passage tight quarters. These can be inside either end of the handlebar we did or clamped to the outside. The latter moving the handgrips and controls a tad, which means new holes for the switch housings, but worth the hassle for small who find the stock bars too

Cost is $170 per pair.

brought our total to $1417.49, and than squander the rest, we the oil and filter, bought a case of and spent the rest of the afternoon cosmetic changes that cost one red cent. Thanks to the new we were able to pitch the heat shields that to keep the rider’s boots melting.

And while we were in that of the woods, we yanked off the charcoal and its cover (don’t tell the plugging the lines leading to the manifolds with Allen Last, we peeled off the warning and binned the reflectors-lawyers be damned!

The end is a Monster 620 that is more more comfortable, easier to lighter in weight, better better looking and better Not bad for a grand and a half, huh?

Ducati Monster 620
Ducati Monster 620
Ducati Monster 620


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