DUCATI 620 SPORT (2002 - 2003) Review

At a glance

Power: 60 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: Medium (401 lbs / 182 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Cosmetic and engine update from the long running SS family of sports-retro Ducatis. The entry level Ducati 620 Sport was never a big seller and wasn’t on offer for long. It’s not that fast or comfy but it handles well. Afflicted by the old Italian glitches but a cheap way into Ducati motorcycle ownership.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Sporty fun in a bouncy, skittish way. Suspension isn’t as sophisticated as the larger capacity motorcycles in Ducati’s Super Sport family but the Ducati 620 Sport is still a tidy mover on smooth roads and tracks. Twin front discs are a big improvement over the previous Ducati 600SS model.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Ducati 620 Sport has just enough power to keep things entertaining. Fuel injection and a slightly bigger capacity make it much more lively than the wheezy Ducati 600SS. Unfortunately competition in this sector is stiff – Suzuki’s SV650 is stronger at any revs and easier to use too. Air cooling and two-valves per cylinder means traditional charm though.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
2 out of 5 (2/5)

Not good compared to most modern Ducatis. Electrical gremlins are common – the starter circuit seems particularly prone to problems. Issue with the trim and fit are quite frequent with the Ducati 620 Sport too. Major engine disasters seem thankfully rare and it’s an easy motorcycle to work on.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

You have to want the badge. There’s all sorts of superb motorcycles on offer in the ‘budget’ 600 class and most are faster and better built than the Duke. Suzuki’s SV650S is a clearly superior choice – if you must buy the Ducati 620 Sport, get a cherished bike with full service history. Find a Ducati 620 Sport for sale.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

Not a huge amount but the Ducati 620 Sport is a minimalist retro sports motorcycle, so what do you expect? The riding position’s less comfortable than many pure sports motorcycles which is disappointing. A half faired version of the Ducati 620 Sport cost £5000 when new – the fully faired version was £5250.

Specs

Engine size 618cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 11 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 40 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 13.2 secs
Tank range 150 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2002: Ducati 620 Sport released in October.
2003: Ducati 620 Sport discontinued in October.

Other versions

Ducati 620 Sport half faired: as the fully faired version but without fairing lowers and £250 cheaper when new.

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