DUCATI MULTISTRADA 620 (2005-2007) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A good, practical first big motorcycle"

Ducati Multistrada 620 motorcycle review - Riding

"A good, practical first big motorcycle"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Yet another entry level Duke but the Ducati Multistrada 620 is more of an ‘all-rounder’ motorcycle to the Monsters’ ‘roadster’. The looks are an acquired taste and it’s not got a whole lot up top in the power department but the Ducati Mulitstrada 620 is a good, practical first big motorcycle. A bit more oomph and a bigger tank would have made it even more so.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Ducati Multistrada has a low(ish), comfy seat, wide bars and effective screen combined with good brakes and handling, which makes for an enjoyable ride. There’s a slipper clutch to avoid gut-wrenching, slippery down changes and the gearbox is nice and slick. The Ducati Multistrada is comfortable enough for long journeys so why make the tank so small?

Engine 4 out of 5

The Ducati Multistrada 620 houses the same engine as the Ducati M620 Monster but has considerably more weight to propel. In other words, whilst it’s good, it’s a bit lacking. The Ducati Multistrada 620 is revvy and fun, there’s plenty of low down and midrange power but the top end’s breathless. Power delivery via the fuel injection is as sharp as a knife: newbies, hold on!

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Big Daddy Ducati Multistrada 1000DS is a flash piece of kit and the Ducati M620 Monster is always popular so the Ducati Multistrada 620's heritage bodes well for both its quality and lifespan. Be aware that Ducati parts and servicing veers towards the pricey side of reasonable.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

Hmm… the Ducati Multistrada 620 is not cheap. Numerous rivals out gun it on horsepower as well as price: just look at the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer, or the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit or Suzuki DL650 V-Strom… But we all know you pay a premium for the Ducati badge on the tank; the thing is, would you consider it over the similarly entry-level, even cheaper and definitely more sexy Ducati M620 Monster? Find a Ducati Multistrada 620 for sale.

Insurance group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Ducati Multistrada 620 is nicely finished but for the price you’d at least expect a fuel gauge (rather than just a warning light). Sachs rear shock, Marzocchi forks and Brembo calipers are all good and there’s an impressive list of aftermarket parts available. How about an engine upgrade kit? It increases the Ducati Multistrada 620's displacement to 750cc: bet that’s got some top end poke.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI MULTISTRADA 620 (2005-2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI MULTISTRADA 620 (2005-2007)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Goldies View

31 March 2007 by Goldie127

As a 'back to biking after 20 years' rider I have found the Multistrada an ideal starter bike. The front brakes are a little fierce, but you get used to them and the tank size is far too small. I am getting about 50 to the gallon and the light comes... Read more on between 90 and 150 mile depending on how it's riden. I would highly recommend this as a starter bike and will be keeping it for some time.

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

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2007
Original price £5,495
Used price £2,500 to £3,400
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £59
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 63 bhp
Max torque 41 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.9 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 115 miles
Specification
Engine size 618cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 183kg
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

2005: Ducati Multistrada 620 introduced. It’s a kind of hybrid with the engine of a Ducati M620 Monster and bodywork based on that of its big brother, theDucati Multistrada 1000DS.

Other versions

None

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