DUCATI MULTISTRADA 620 (2005 - 2007) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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?
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 620 is revvy and fun, there’s plenty of low down and midrange power but the top end is breathless. Power delivery via the fuel injection is as sharp as a knife: newbies, hold on!
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Numerous rivals out gun the 620 on horsepower as well as value: 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?
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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.
|Engine type||4v V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||35 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£250|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||63 bhp|
|Max torque||41 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.9 secs|
|Tank range||115 miles|
Model history & versions
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MULTISTRADA 620 (2005 - 2007)
5 owners have 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
I refer to my MTS as the Swiss Army knife of bikes. It'll happily commute you back & forth to work during the week. Then carve canyons & sport tour distances on the weekend.
Despite others commenting on how comfortable their seats are, I find mine stiff /hard on short rides. There are better replacements like the Sergeant but their cost can be prohibitive. The single 32mm front brake on my Dark edition gives great feedback & is effective. The rear not so much, I upgraded to semi-sintered pads & that helped.
The press said " not enough power" but I find it more than adequate. It makes decent low end & good mid-range. I ride two up & with the factory panniers full on occasion & it pulls fine. Granted it's no 1000cc but more than enough.
Air cooled, two valves per cylinder & simple as a rock! Anybody who pays to have it worked on owes it to themselves & their wallet to pick up a service manual & some basic tools instead of paying a dealer. Oh sure, there's some electronics on the bike but nothing like today's complicated machines.
$$ spent will be for oil changes, chain adjustment/replacement & tires. Brake pads hardly wear in front, tears more so.
Again compared to contemporary bikes it's a bit dull on features lacking a real fuel gauge & ABS even. But in my opinion, motorcycles are meant to be simple devices, ones that anybody with some basic mechanical ability can fix & keep running. A faulty fuel pump wiring harness left me stranded once but it's a known issue, easily fixed. Complaints about electrical gremlins are over exaggerated.
Buying experience: Buy on the used market. Prices are low, condition is important as are factory options like the panniers. Parts are still available, just be diligent & ask for service records for things like valve adjustment & timing belt replacement. Expect to pay $2500- $4000.
Annual servicing cost: £100
nailon tank expands ethNol benzine. side feet cracks easyly from motor. no warranty, only good will avslable if lucky
if self serviced, exludes tyres. chains snd sprocetd.
it has only essentials, i like that!!
Buying experience: last at shop, as new, 11000eur
Bought one used three years ago for my wife to ride, but I found that I really like taking it out myself. It's a nice lighter-weight change of pace from my usual bike. Great sound and a nice tall top gear for the highway, so it lollops along at 70 no problem. Basic motorcycle fun. I'm not selling it.
Annual servicing cost: £400
A great bike to ride, but it has a few known expensive issues to deal with.
Lovely bike when it works, comfy seat, great commuter and for longer distances. Excellent front brake and it never wore the pads out, woeful rear brake with thumbnail sized pads. No sooner had they bedded in, they needed replaced.
Shakes a bit at lower revs and a bit gutless below 5,000rpm, but the performance above this is good. And sounds great!
Nothing fell off in the 3 years I owned it, but I had a few things that surfaced within the first year. I did do some 21,000 miles on it though and was never stranded! The rear wheel bearing dust cap is prone to water ingress, requiring replacement. The earth strap on the front of the engine frequently works loose despite Loctite and it won't start. The fuel tank dose not like E10 fuel, warps and leaks, requiring a bigger o-ring where the fuel pump bolts on. US tanks were replaced under warranty; not here. The headlamp is EU only and requires masking to make it legal, though if you leave the mask in place, the lens will crack and the whole unit requires replacement (£700). The clocks are also prone to water ingress and the first light to go is the indicator repeater and this is an MOT failure. They can be fixed for £100. The air-cooled engine is a nightmare to keep clean and the rear footrest hangers are made of a biodegradable alloy, as are the bolts holding the screen on. The rear seat lock is right in line of rear wheel throw and is key bendingly hard to remove.
Front pads are immortal, rear pads last 6 months
Pirelli Diablo Strada's are great on this bike, no real difference to the Rosso's, but last longer than 6 months.
Buying experience: Dealer, £2,500.
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 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.