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Ducati Monster 620

First Ride: 2002 Monster 620 i.e.

Photos by J. Nelson

San Diego, California, 11, 2002

We like to think of the southern portion in particular, as the of the two-wheeled world. The United market is a huge target for and sales in California make up a portion of sales here.

It as no surprise, then, that Monster 600 has gone relatively here. Being the little to larger bikes like the 750 or even the S4 with its 996-derived is not an easy job. So despite the that it’s the best-selling in the world, with over units having left floors already, it’s been seen on anybody’s list.

In spite of the fact the smallest of the Monster line has the best seller, Ducati has fit to introduce to the world a brand new Monster — this one even more power, handling, stronger brakes and Ducati hopes the American takes notice of its new baby, And by sticking to a smaller version of the formula that gave us the S4, think we won’t mind the cradle this time.

Starting with the obvious, the motor now displaces nearly the of cubic centimeters its name suggest, falling just two shy at 618 cc. The has grown from 583 cc to its current thanks to a three-millimeter increase in cylinder’s … (now mm) while the bore has remained the at 80 mm. In addition to the increase in displacement, the now sports larger valves work through the familiar valve train.

At a glance, be hard-pressed to spot the difference the Monster 620 i.e. and one of its larger brothers. The new motor sits the Trellis frame’s rails in Ducati style.

To match the motor’s needs and up the number of that live at the top end of the rev range, the now feature more aggressive and duration. This all adds up to a 60 horses at 9,500 rpm and 53.3 of torque at 6,750 rpm. is a solid improvement over the old figures of 51 horsepower and 50 foot-pounds.

And, in addition to the increase in power figures, the new motor now 1,500 rpm higher than its with a rev limit set at 9,500

Getting air into the motor is the job of a larger airbox that into 45 mm throttle bodies the incoming air mixes with thanks to a Magneti Marelli system. Once through the spent gases exit a new exhaust system that a catalytic converter just of the familiar dual mufflers. The new is supposed to provide cleaner and around-town drivability as well as flow so as not to kill any hard that’s been done the motor.

Wrapped around the new is the familiar Trellis-style frame has used for what seems forever. The S4-derived frame is similar to the unit it replaces, for a three millimeter increase in the of the tubing. At the front of the frame is a new steering head that the rake out at 24 degrees.

The steering spindle’s diameter has increased from 25 to 40 mm and the torsional of the whole chassis is said to be up 30

Coming out of corners, the 618 cc motor enough thrust to entertain pilots while its docile allows lesser riders to confident.

Keeping tabs on the below you is a new set of 43 mm inverted forks allow 130 mm of wheel travel and new damping characteristics to better the 620’s sporting character. Out resides a similarly inclined shock absorber that 148 millimeters of travel at the wheel. The features no external adjusters, the rear shock provides for tweaking pre-load and rebound

Ducati Monster 620

Riding the mini-MonsterThe problem taking a theory that at its intended full-strength application and it to a smaller situation is that, you often lose more you intended. Thankfully for Ducati, and us, simply not the case here.

the seaside town of La Jolla, up into the mountains of San Diego it was obvious that we were riding something that’s bit a Ducati Monster, Never the 620 i.e. lettering adorning the it didn’t feel at all like we

Pulling in the clutch, precisely into the first of five cogs, we were greeted a pull that was no lighter what we can recall of any of the larger we’ve recently sampled. engagement of the clutch is the only about the bike that may be difficult by some. Once way, however, we found pleased with the adequate on tap and the clean way it pulled across the rev

On the brakes, we were surprised to the dual discs mounted on the 620 binder to be only slightly than the single disc to the 620 Dark.

With its wide and non-threatening power, the herd of 30 wound out of town and onto interesting bits of twisty Under way, each of us was chucking the little bikes beneath us. There was no reason for the side-to-side antics, other the simple fact that the felt planted and light us — so why not?

Climbing up the mountains, our first stint was the single-braked Monster dark. with a rather large would say oafish) 6’2 tester on board, the little handled the chores set before it well. Hauling all 195 pounds of up a hill, immediately out of a tricky 180-degree turn, the motor missed a beat.

The pull out of corners was enough to get us going, the bike’s front end never got enough to even threaten an departure from terra

Through the mid-range the 618 cc motor quite well, if not better we expected. Though we could and often rev the bike up to its rev-limiter if we to, we found the most efficient was to keep it singing between and 8,000 rpm. That us out of the motor’s basement where vibes were often and mildly intrusive, and out of the motor’s upper revs.

Ducati Monster 620
Ducati Monster 620
Ducati Monster 620


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