Twisting Asphalt Ducati Multistrada 620 : Commanding Confidence

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Ducati Multistrada 620

Ducati Multistrada 620. Commanding

Photos by Stephen Schauer

I’m the front brake as I work my way the entrance of a deep downhill one and eighty degree corner the bike begins its ultimate like challenge to push the of a reasonable lean angle. once was horizontal swiftly the other way and a second later I myself sliding across the and hanging out over the other of the bike as I head through the of the turn with an unadulterated and irresistible sense of invincibility. the gooey gripping tires and the leverage of the broad handlebars, bike is fluently speaking the of do-no-wrong absolute certain and it’s making it perfectly that there’s only one that it’s going to go – this particular bend.

it seems comes in many and this frantically joyous is clearly asking if not begging to be so coming out of the corner I whack the handgrip and rip the throttle back. a big motion that creates an bigger movement. As the road to snake left, the bike a moment to catch its breath and it wildly exhales with yet crazily vigorous motion gives birth to the widest of

In a synapse popping instant of entertainment you realize that the act of tossed back across the in such a frenzied and near interpretation of a sportbike transition one corner to the next is not only you weren’t expecting out of this but also a wildly enjoyable As the bike makes another pendulum swing it dramatically me off of my axis one more time succumbing to an almost instinctively desire to chase its own perfect

Generally speaking in most the word ‘whiplash’ would something less than but not here. By the time I get to the bottom of the after forcibly being back and forth through a of left-right-left chicanes it’s the word that seems to come remotely close to the head bending physical and extraordinarily challenging affront to sense of balance that bike creates.

Welcome to the of the new 2006 Ducati Multistrada 620.

A built on contradiction and offering a different take on what Sport Motorcycling can offer. its racetrack brethren, that both real and imagined pedigrees, the Multistrada makes no to being superior at anything. it does however is offer a riding experience that its cues from multiple disciplines and puts them in one tremendously fun-filled package.

The Strada was first introduced in the of 2001 at the Milan Motorcycle but it didn’t actually start until 2003. When it shipped the bike set record figures for a new Ducati model yet at the time became quite the most divisive platform the company has ever offered. The of the line seemed to instantly motorcyclists with some falling madly for what to be a ergonomically easy going and variant of an Italian motorcycle others seemed all too eager to put it because of its unconventional looks.

tenuous love-hate relationship in respects goes back to the genesis of the bike. While the was first penned in the late by Pierre Terblanche, the design actually see the light of day until the of the ME900E proved to Ducati there was a market for alternative genres under the marquee. it’s hard to imagine a when Ducati or any of the major manufactures for that matter offer multiple styles of to their consumers, yet back Ducati only really two types of motorcycles – derivatives of based race bikes and

It’s probably safe to that the push to create a branch of Ducati motorcycles was on the late nineties cruiser which at the time of the Strada’s was just starting to morph a purely motorcycle phenomenon a full-blown media blitz the mainstream. Remarkably instead of copying what was hot at the time, stayed true to the brand and the other way.

Of course a bike that had no defined to the market was certainly less a secure bet. Thankfully took the risk, if for no other then to prove that acceptable to think beyond the confines of what’s current in the landscape.

Rolling through Playground’ section of Mulholland, stretches between Las Virgines and it’s pretty obvious times have changed. are all types and styles of bikes on the these days and when out riding in the canyons over the you tend see quite an assortment of But perhaps few bikes forecasted relatively newfound explosion different motorcycling segments the Multistrada.

When the bike was first the only motorcycle that it was the BMW GS, which is much heavier and or the various KTM motard based which not only have far US distribution but also are considerably touring-travel conscious. The brilliance of was that he saw a hole in the multipurpose and took the best thoughts the sport, sport-touring, and GS categories and them together in a new genre.

To the Strada anything less its own category would dismiss how it is in the face of its competition. Today Ducati seems to recognize lack of classification. On the company’s the other bikes they are all listed by category – the lone is the Multistrada, which is simply by its name.

Of course just conventional motorcycle genres to a bike has always struck me as a bit of a slope because the ultimate of a particular motorcycle isn’t in its but in how it actually functions.

Halfway up the 2-valved air-cooled engine is with a ridiculously sinful for an engine this size as the hover right at the top of the tach I start whipping through the and ripping open the throttle. there is no rapid rocketship 999 forward thrust, the manic effects and the nimble nature of offer an almost video like fantasy land

With each successive change the 620 is making such a wonderful racket that its not to feel like you’re in a tourist trophy video race only without the Some bikes tell the they’re fast, this one you feel like you’re As the bike takes me further and beyond the realm of what I it could do, the ride stops about just comfortable touring and starts becoming all feeling the sport.

Of course at core sports are all about so when I clip the next tightly and come out on to a short directly behind several riders it seems like has delivered an opportunity to see where the 620 stands. As I sit back and watch the ahead of me, it’s obvious they’re moving well and beyond ‘the pace’.

Watching the riders work bikes in and out of the turns, and I do mean it’s astounding how easy it is to up them with far less While the literbikes clearly a power advantage on the 620 when coming out onto the straights, in and every corner the Strada coming back from the Charging into the fold an amazingly strong presence for a that’s running with a unassuming 63 horsepower engine.

In motorcycle world that of power output would like a relative pittance in with the top roadracing machines, but the 620 in surprisingly well and all the while the chance to feel something any literbike rider on the street be insane to try replicate, the sensation of it’s like to ride the edge – because on this that feeling is actually

When I finally pull up at The it doesn’t take a marketing to see that the Strada continues to be in many corners of the motorcycle Some folks glance at it others sort of snicker. don’t pay it much attention, is a shame.

It’s certainly not the of the bike that draws a so if you’re into that of thing you probably want to on, but as I get off and unstrap my helmet, the guilty inner-child inside is having a of a day.

Originally the Multistrada was dubbed ‘Project 85’ because the conceit behind the bike was to 85 percent of the competition in any kind of class while offering a way the Ducati brand for new customers who not sportbike riders. Conceptually sounds like great PR but realistically you find yourself how can something be 85% of tourer, 85% of a GS and at the same 85% of sportbike? It’s an almost proposition and one might argue but the Strada gets pretty close.

The bike’s stance it a definite sense of GS or Enduro riding. You’re sitting up you’ve got great visibility and the handlebars force your to be pushed way out towards the edges of where there’s an awesome of potential force readily to manipulate the bike.

Unlike a true sportbike or a more dedicated sport-tourer, the on the Multistrada truly give you the that you’re in command of the and they’re far more relaxed other bikes that offers. In automotive terms if you of a 999 as an unbridled supercar and the ST series as a sedan, the Multistrada is the Porsche of the product line.

Yet while the feels physically relaxing, the it offers when it roars much more coherently the sportbike realm. In the corners the feels tremendously secure and translates into a remarkable of lean angle-inspiring confidence. of kneedragging a 999 around a corner on a this might be the most feeling Ducati currently produced.

When you’re about in-between curves easy to feel the basic of the bike’s Ducati racing Part of that roadracing comes through in the trannys low gearing, which makes the seem particularly quick, and the flat torque curve, gives a rider a sense the power is actually getting to the throughout most of the rpm range.

the greatest thrill that the platform offers is the abundant and back and forth battle it you to wage with the road. a vastly different sensation riding a sportbike. Once you get to the feeling it becomes obvious this bike was derived the purpose and dare I say passion for and rattling your cage an abounding sense of remarkably side-to-side movement.

Shucking and with this bike is not about using leverage to advantage, but it’s also aggressively moving beyond sitting on top of the saddle and instead yourself to experience a whole style of lean angle you get your body over the centerline. The Strada offers an to become an active participant in the of conquering corners.

The following I’m not waging war with the roads but cars during rush Snaking through Downtown LA on the 620 is easy. While I usually log more miles in the canyons on city streets, all the attributes make the Strada a great in the canyons seem even when you’re stuck in the jungle.

The 620 is just zippy to charge to the front when a turns green and so remarkably that you can actually see over sedans with little to no The field of vision that bike creates in a metropolitan is also enormously helpful you’re battling full buses, gridlock, and the stupidly driving behaviors that one on display during rush

Perhaps the bike’s most city street attribute is its nature. This is a quality I normally don’t pay much to out in the canyons, but when you’re your way through stop and go it sure comes in handy. By I’m not a big lane-splitter, but between the greater wider field of vision and the packaging, the Strada is the easiest I’ve ever ridden in a urban area.

If I were a motorcycle commuter this be a hard package to ignore.

Of commuters need places to put and that’s one of the real shortcomings of the Given the nature of the platform think there’d be at least a of storage, but in typical Ducati you better wear jeans or with pockets because isn’t any storage on this Apparently it seems that commuters don’t ride garage door clickers.

minor quibble I’ve got the bike is the plastic gas tank. It using a standard magnetic impossible. Obviously this can be by purchasing a tankbag with a mount but for someone like me who between bikes it’s then a tad annoying.

One area the factory did get right however is the It’s definitely the most Ducati saddle I’ve Compared to the ST3S, whose I thought was pretty good, the is far more spongy and plush.

At $8,495 the Multistrada 620 is clearly as an entry-level model in the Ducati Yet out on the curviest sections of canyon the bike doesn’t feel at all. The base Marzocchi is extremely forgiving even on the parts of the asphalt.

Divots usually rock a 999 around seamless on this bike.

The offer another surprise the nature of where the 620 sits in the line. Even though are only 2-piston calipers are remarkably strong and modulate smoothly. For an entry-level bike are far better than I would imagined.

Unfortunately the same can’t be of the actual brake and clutch Not only are they’re not adjustable but also a heck of a reach. If I was to purchase the 620 the very first I would do is replace the stock with adjustable versions, if for no reason than it’s a safety issue in my mind.

If you easily reach the brake it doesn’t really matter how the brakes are, now does it?

riding the hell out of the 620 I’ve to the conclusion that while I enjoyed the ride, it’s the variant of the Multistrada line for me. If the majority of my riding took in the city or if I was just learning how to the 620 would be an ideal motorcycle, but I wishing for just a bit more from the engine. So if I were to purchase a Strada for myself I’d up the extra coin for the 1000 or the no questions asked.

However of my personal preference towards size, the actual Multistrada is a very welcome twist on a sportbike can be and the Strada presents its with a tremendously easygoing but serious demeanor that you to ‘feel’ the ride. That’s no feat. It’s a property no manufacture’s brochure or statistical index can list and it’s a that in some ways is far too in the vast majority of motorcycles.

during the two weeks that I with the 620 I ended up putting the miles on the smallest and least ride I’ve ever I kept finding myself any justification necessary to get out and ride it, the bike’s ability to let the rider the ride is far too much fun to pass up one opportunity to experience.


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