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Ducati Multistrada 620

It’s not supposed to be this damn it! I’m on Suzuki’s 2005 1000, arguably the maddest, powerful and possibly most bike the roads have seen – for this year Everything in Suzuki’s marketing says this is a bike is all about the track.  The Multistrada 620 is

Everything about the MTS 620 is gentler, and much less mad than any born spawn.   Indeed, I love to launch ballistic out of the the GSX-R’s titanium internals but I have a camera bike in of me to contend with.  In the real it could just as easily be a on any blind corner, and it’s off, serving to reminding me this may not be the GSX-R’s element.

On bikes I’d be engine braking, I’m on the binders… hard.  The new GSX-R are so light they must be with helium. Given bike will bump in second that’s a bit of a problem; is not a lot of engine braking to be had.

  At moment it feels near Another corner and where the MTS 620 and bike are using compression, I’m hard across the ripples.  As of the Gixxer’s caged protests, the BT-014 is overpowered and the front-end – though that seems too a word.

   The sign of a good and suspension is that it lets me gracefully – if with only a few gray hairs.

The Multistrada 620 along on 43mm upside Marzocchi forks and a Sachs (both adjustable for preload and damping).  By comparison, the 43mm on the GSX-R share the same configuration, but add compression damping to the and in the rear is a similar rate-rising

Being hounded by the frolicking 620, while astride the perfect sportbike, is a lugubrious of affairs.  I’d been given warning though, after the head of Ducati Canada shame on a score of track astride the diminutive Multistrada at the Desmo Daze event in The track – tight, twisted and – gave the MTS 620 an advantage over sport-oriented fare when the came calling.

Likewise, the we’ve taken today are and fiercely technical.  The pavement has better days;  its scarred is rippled, heaved, periodically sprinkled, and populated with of tar snakes.  Occasionally though its clears with a few hundred of smooth, and even less straight, re-pave.

It’s here that need something just shy of a missile to beat the GSX-R in roll-on and through the twists.  The for these seconds, is a phenomenon itself; the handling, unfettered by the and ruts, is sublime. The GSX-R is light and precise providing the control in reigning in the personalized reactor known as its engine.

  I past the 620 with hardly any of speed at all – it’s almost All too soon though, the best of BC has to offer in sportbike roads you back.  Forcing me to haul the down from “ludicrous and plant the front tire where it belongs – on the blacktop.

  Who going mad would feel so and the defiling of physics this Is this how Superman feels, to restrain himself 99% of the time to be of the real world, and only free the other 1%?  I’m wondering where the fun is?

The MTS 620 “Tiggers” me in the corner, riding right the gravel like it didn’t – “fun, fun, fun, fun” as the Disney song Later, at a rest break, is all, “Gravel, what at my discomfort.

In yesterday’s 400km unconstrained by the boundaries of poser-dom, the was astoundingly fast through the roads of B.C.  Blasting traffic, with a 165hp (at the and 80 ft-lbs of torque – the GSX-R like the force of a Saturn 9 into the handling of a wasp.  to peak power at a manic traffic was passed with prejudice.

  The concept of speed meaning as the bike compresses and bends the world around The feeling is brief, elating and all at once – how has the world become so around me?  There are so few to unleash this biblical it could lead one to despondency.

the matter with you?” say the

“I’ve no place to use my superbike.”

GSX-R depression…  take laps of the Nürburgring and call me in the

The Multistrada 620?  No such needed, it’s all vastly The chassis is lifted from its sibling, the Multistrada 1000DS, and everything the road can offer aplomb.  The engine itself is and free-revving, with power its true stride from to around 9500, with all the way through; the 63hp (claimed) thrums along with grunt and power to be entertaining.

  Indeed, the misleadingly small twin pulls from the letting you amble around out in if need be.  The joy is all accessible, power through to the rev limiter in the of 10,500RPM, and you don’t need to be a superstar to use the bike… indeed you need a track.

I ease off the throttle and ginger the brakes the corner trying to relax.  almost relieving as Yves and the MTS 620 by, dipping, bobbing and flicking the ruts, gravel and blind as if to some internal happy-bumble-bee Those wide bars better leverage than the clip-ons and give the ‘Strada a advantage in the tight stuff.

  The chassis dynamic works the GSX-R here, there’s no against the bars, no upright of what’s coming (cows); about the most opposite in the world to the Multi.

Easing off me a chance to contemplate the looks of two very different species.  they almost seem to some design roots.  On the there’s the stacked headlights, signals, angular styling and a wasp-waisted middle.

After though, the similarity ends.

The is pure generic sportbike, because of its purpose; everything it says “light” and “fast” in a of angles and points. “Soft” is not in its The seating is a wafer of padding; the lower and meaner than

  It suffers cruel intentions on pilots, neck extended and and the mirrors give you a great of how far behind the leading edge of the bubble your shoulders and are — that roar may not be the intake but the chiropractors clapping in fiscal If you’re over 6’, getting the windscreen involves a tank hug your … to the back of the an image illegal in some US States.  Styling-wise it’s not a time to be a GSX-R, you look all the other sportbikes out there – or look like you.

By the 620 Dark, in its flat back wouldn’t draw any attention at all if it such an outright exercise in Parked side-by-side with the the lanky exotic was the bike drew the notice.  Still, the looks draw conflict.  One of our style-conscious associates pointed “It could be the best bike in the it could be THE for me, but I’d give it a miss.  draws me to it aesthetically.”  That may be his

  In a world of wrinkle dogs and cats, the Multistrada 620’s have a growing place.  beauty?  No, but the tall slim grows on you and once seated fails to matter.

The MTS 620’s lies in its sense of practicality, and total usability – a Ducati for day…  track day Sundays to The seating position is kind and with a soft wide and wide wrist-pressure-free bars, you sit with a commanding view of the and gauges – even the mirrors On a Ducati, mirrors, working –

Flash forward and the Multistrada and I the GSX-R in our sights with a hairpin upcoming.  A push on the some weight on the pegs and the heals around; the narrow Pirelli Diablo out back astronomically fast turn-in, like glue, the slim front doing likewise.  I the small twin all the fuel it can and thrum-thrummm-thrummm upwards through the all that keeps us from the Gixxer on the inside is thin of civility.

   Then it’s to a mad downhill chase, with the pulling away fast on the My face hurts… if I smile any I fear I’ll waste six of orthodontics and teen angst.

The completely dissolves any semblance of and judgment. The Gixxer may just the passes in one gulp, but the nimble turns them into a romping game.  Blocked by a Take the inside line, er… shoulder.  It’s a little built out of the joy of riding, a Ducati pretense or reservation and with sportbike-dom – without all the discomfort.

It may be year’s best road if only because what it off is so incongruous to its roots. Beginner’s Minimal horsepower?  Phah!

bikes share superb light and responsive gearboxes, the Gixxer edges out the Multistrada 620 in area.  They also “slipper-clutches”, but with different and underlying reasoning.  The GSX-R’s is to quick downshifting into the without causing back chatter due to engine braking; it shifts between third and are without hiccup allowing the use of the minimal engine braking.

  The slipper is there simply to riding easier.  New riders, the goes, could use a hand down shifting, to keep smooth, and a slipper clutch is the Logic aside, the effect is the and the Multistrada’s system just as in spirited riding.

Looking for the red-line. On the Ducati, you there’s none; “It’s all the feel of the engine”, says with a preposterously bad fake accent.  The long downhill sees the GSX-R become but a but the MTS 620 is up for the game.

  I pre-load the shifter and let the do the work; beautiful clutch-less in succession see us grin and giggle our way up to a mark that all at once like an accomplishment and a celebration.

the GSX-R’s huge horsepower the challenge and joy of riding?  Perhaps… You may yourself looking through the unusable mirrors and thinking like, “I was ONLY doing where did they go?!”  How speed become so… dull?

is a duality to the Gixxer; like a invite from Hannibal you know your host is courteous, calm and mannered, but never quite sure if be served or served.  There is an edge to the power, one that a little voice in the back of mind singing in a cultured “I’m going to get you.  One You’d best be paying Always.”  There is no relaxing 999cc of atomic power 100% of your focus and a lot of as you move though the compressed of time it creates.

Meanwhile, the MTS 620 is you all it’s got before the GSX-R hits pace, the airflow the top fairing is howling, the engine is alive, and immensely entertaining.  You can every drop from bike and take it to its limit…  the GSX-R? – never… not this pilot anyway.

The GSX-R is potential made manifest, and I’m that as a mere mortal I possibly use it all.  With all its all its confidence, all its control, it’s not exciting – until it is.  out of a tight corner, the rear begins to side step the thrust.

  It’s the third today, and wearing on the nerves.  matched the BT-014s to this made a serious miscalculation; the needs something far more and gripping, the Diablos would which, strangely, shod the

Another corner, and I’m on the GSX-R’s the feedback and effect is phenomenal. The master feeds four clamping down on 310mm out front, all tied together by weaved lines.  If it weren’t for the and the caution they inspire, I’d we could stop the Earth’s Wait though, here’s the

Dusk approaches, and there’s ready to make a leap. I the binders and four-piston calipers down on a single 320mm our front under the directive of braided lines – and just put the 183kg (dry) Multistrada 620 on its nose!  The feel is near as as the GSX-R, but more conventional.

  The disked MTS is 17kg heavier the 166kg GSX-R and should be at a disadvantage in real world That would be wrong.

Yes, probably, but the MTS 620, one disk out front, has to deal a shade over half the mass and considerably less energy to dissipate under Plus while the GSX-R speeds that bring into play (I swear the GSX-R my aging actually the MTS 620 will hammer its way up to the GSX-R’s top gear pace and call it

  Decelerating the ‘Strada copes speeds that will set license on fire, rather reduce it to it’s constituent particles, and its brakes nicely it’s potential.  The single stopper does “just thanks very much.”

A error sees us U-turning on pack and the Multistrada proves it’s trail-ly looks just façade, despite street tires.  It takes to the and runs rings around the bike – literally.  The GSX-R becomes cumbersome, requiring a turn to negotiate a tight U. scores one, race-honed edge…  not so much.

Low-speed lot maneuvers can be an issue on the GSX-R.  At bar lock your grip is backward on the throttle due to interference the tank – killing forward – suddenly – a recipe for parking lot Low speed living on the Multistrada is The Marelli fuel injection is linear and predictable, in keeping the rest of the Ducati line.

  are no shocks, no surprises and a feel surprisingly outclasses even the exceptional control – though not as light.  If this is a beginner’s then you fail to feel any scrimping and saving may have on the fuel injection.  Or you can sod all that; put a down and super-motard out of the parking

By the end of the ride, I’m outpacing the GSX-R in marked corners, and having a doing it.  The Multistrada 620 suspension embraces the frost and gives the tar strips a wet kiss, the 620 engine does things a revvy fanaticism that belies the horsepower.

   The funvelope  ( fun·ve·lope . n, envelope or of speed where a bike is fun to ride)  begins before out of the parking lot, with an call to action, “Thrash Take me all the way!  Use me all up.”  you huck at it, the ‘Strada eats it and for another round, all the way up to top speed.

The funvelope?  This is a bike forces you to recalibrate.  Want to alive and enjoy your Triple or quadruple every then throttle some and don’t forget to cushion bank account for the inevitable of performance awards.  On it you rule the of 2005’s sportbikes, transformed something mighty and mythological, you are for Mt.

Olympus but the everyday world and stymies you, save for outbursts of preternatural speed.

our last day in the sunny Okanagan, and just pulled rank.  time to return the MTS and I’ve the keys away from our who, given the choice of the two wanted the Multi for the final back to Oliver.  Against the of Oliver’s vineyards things are most distinctly Italian and I help but express my exuberance.

  through traffic I realize this is the first time fought for the keys to a smaller bike.

I know that behind me the GSX-R is coiling for a launch past traffic would make lightning but on the Multistrada 620 Dark I’m a Mercurial to the GSX-R’s stern Jupiter… Oh, a twisted wave of asphalt… to a gravel road…

We’d to thank:

Ducati Canada Cycle Imports  of Calgary for the use of the 620 Dark, and for the bike’s delivery to our Testing Grounds.

Suzuki  for the use of the GSX-R 1000.

Yves Carrier  for our Guest Bike Stunt

Ducati Multistrada 620
Ducati Multistrada 620
Ducati Multistrada 620

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