The Italian Beast – Ducati MultiStrada 620 boulderandback

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Ducati Multistrada 620

The Italian Beast – Ducati MultiStrada 620

So my vehicle of choice is my trusty Ducati 620 MultiStrada. After owning many motorcycles, I must say that the MultiStrada is the BEST motorcycle I have owned. It does everything well.

Its light and nimble enough to be a good city bike, slipping through traffic without much fuss. Tighten up the suspension and it turns into a great sport touring machine. A few additional changes and it’s a good track bike. The quick revving v-twin motor in the 620 Multi makes tracking the bike so much fun, putting some of the pure “sport bikes” to shame.

Power is everywhere, off the corners or high up in the rev range. The little motor just loves to be flogged.

To get the MultiStrada to where it’s at now has taken some time and not a little bit of effort. For all you non bike people this may be a bit geekie.

The bike started as a plain Jane red 2006 MultiStrada that I picked up slightly used from a good guy in Boston. He happened to own a moving company and “moved” the bike to me here in the San Francisco Bay Area. So, without even being ridden, the bike has already taken a 3000 mile trip.  Nice !

There was nothing wrong with the nice little MultiStrada, but that’s the problem, it’s just …nice. Since I’m a small guy, the suspension on all motorcycles is never quite right for me and my weight. I just don’t weigh enough and most bike are built for someone heavier. * A trip to Evolution Suspension in Santa Clara ( Thanks Robert ) fixed it right up.

Not leaving well enough alone, I removed the rear end and a MultiStrada 1100 rear swingarm was put in its place. I did just happen to have an extra one in the garage and it bolted right up. Now it’s pretty unique at this point, one of the only MultiStrada 620’s with a single sided swing arm.

But there is always more to do. Red is just not correct for this bike. If it was a 996 or 1199 Panigale, then Ducati Red all the way. But this is a working man’s bike, It needs a working man’s color.

How can I do that and still have a cool bike. Then it hit me. Ducati did an Ayrton Senna tribute bike a few years ago. Its flat gray with red wheels. Very striking. That’s what I did. I’m happy with the results.

If you’re a bike nut like I am, you can look over this bike and see some unexpected things. I will point out a few.

SR4s Wheels

Ohlins Forks

Single Sided Swing arm

Penski Shock

Arrow Exhaust

All quite unexpected on a MultiStrada 620

That’s my girl !

Here she is, the final results and the setup from our last trip in the snow. Don’t mind that KLR or the Triumph cluttering up the picture.

*Ducati is said to have designed their bikes around a 150lbs. Italian. Since their suspension is known universally to be very stiff, the joke is that most Italian meatballs are heavier than the meatballs in the rest of the world.

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