DUCATI MONSTER 620 (2001-2006) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Offers a way into the dream for those who are just starting out"

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"Offers a way into the dream for those who are just starting out"

  • At a glance
  • 618cc  -  63 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (770mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Ducatis inspire passion and the Ducati M620 Monster offers a way into the dream for those who are just starting out. Like its stablemates, it looks great and sounds gorgeous but complaints about lack of power, basic suspension and its physical size (it’s very small) mean the Ducati M620 Monster is not ideal for everyone.

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Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The seat’s low and the motorcycle is light and small: perfect for some, cramped and uncomfortable for others. The Ducati M620 Monster has low ground clearance which can prove a problem if you’re “on it”, as can the soft-ish standard suspension settings and less-than-sharp steering. The light clutch is designed to lessen real wheel chatter on quick down changes. The Brembo brakes are excellent.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Ducati M620 Monster offers 35cc and 9bhp more than its predecessor, the Ducati M600 Monster. Its air-cooled, Desmodromic engine has plenty of useable power but experienced bikers can find it lacking. Very much entry-level machine although there’s a 33bhp version of the Ducati M620 Monster for beginners too.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Good build quality and finish (the frame’s taken from the sturdy Ducati Monster S4R), that alluring logo on the tank and a traditionally juicy-sounding exhaust add up to an attractive package with the little Ducati M620 Monster. Ducatis don’t have the best reputation for dependability, however, and parts are pricey. Loyal owners ignore all this, however, and love ‘em anyway.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

The Ducati M620 Monster costs quite a few hundred more than its closest rivals (Suzuki SV650, Honda CBF600, Kawasaki’s ER-6n) but you’re buying into an Italian legend so a lot of punters are happy to pay the difference. Accessories aren’t cheap and Ducati reliability can be patchy. The price you pay for looking cool, eh? Find a Ducati M620 Monster for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

Fairly basic, no multi-lingual gadgetry here… the Ducati M620 Monster doesn't even have a fuel gauge. However, the electronic dash does have an LCD clock and a fuel reserve light. There are extras aplenty to choose from: carbon fibre body parts, performance upgrade kits, bars, brakes, pegs etc... The Ducati M620 Monster is great for customising but it could be cheaper to just buy another motorcycle.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 620 (2001-2006) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

good starter bike

28 September 2008 by wulfie2008

yeah this was my first big bike i got the 620SIE so it had full show front and rear shocks the higher ground clearance and the seat and headlight cowels anyway one thing i would tell anyone considering buying one is to buy a steering damper the front... Read more end is very light and any bumps or pot hold can result in bad tank slapers but apart from that a great bike!!.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued 2006
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 63 bhp
Max torque 41 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 618cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 168kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload and rebound
Front brake Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2001: Ducati M620 Monster i.e. , Dark and “S” versions launched: fuel injected and with a larger engine than the earlier Ducati Monster 600. Also comes with headlight cowl. The Dark comes with just one front disc and five gears.
2003: Ducati M620 Monster and Ducati M620 Monster Dark take over from i.e. versions. S version discontinued. Dark comes with either twin front discs/6 gear or single disc/5 gear options.
2004: Both Ducati M620 Monster and Ducati M620 Monster Dark get new, lighter clutch.
2005: Revised, wet plate clutch.

Other versions

Ducati Monster 620S: “Sport” version with aluminium swingarm, taller seat, more ground clearance and a headlight cover. Discontinued at the end of 2003.
Ducati M620 Monster Dark: cheaper, meaner-looking, matt black version of the standard Ducati M620 Monster, minus a screen and a seat cowl.

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