2006 Ducati Multistrada 620 Dark
Multistrada and Multistrada Dark;
Both entry level Multistradas are powered by a 620cc twin. While some aspects of these models are engineered to keep price down, the small Multistradas share the same inimitable style, technical content and versatility as the 1000 DS. While the 620 cc Multistrada and Multistrada Dark may lack some of the power of its bigger sister, the ease with which they can be handled on all types of road make them extremely attractive propositions to all riders.
The bodywork of the Multistrada (the 620 cc models are simply named "Multistrada" without any reference to engine size) is substantially similar to that of the 1000 cc version, but many chassis components are dedicated parts. Examples include a hydroformed double sided swingarm similar to that of the Monster, and die-cast footrests that integrate rider and passenger pegs in a one-piece casting. Though these components distinguish the smaller models, all Multistradas share the same overall styling and you have to look under the skin to find the real differences. The reduced fuel consumption of the 620 models allows tank capacity to be reduced to 15 litres, more than enough for excellent range even without the under-tail tank. These savings are reflected in the low price of the entry level Multistradas. The instruments are dedicated units too, and are more conventional, without some digital functions. Other features of the models powered by the 620 cc powerplant are a handlebar-mounted choke lever and three-spoke alloy wheels. The Multistrada Dark, the matt black version with the lowest price of all is also distinguished by a large diameter, single disc front brake that enhances the bike's minimalist supermotard looks.
Sports performance is in the DNA of all Ducatis, and the lightest of the Multistrada family are no exception. Impressive handling is guaranteed by using a frame whose dimensions are derived from the trellis frame of the 999 Superbike. The Multistrada and the Multistrada Dark both have a double sided hydroformed swingarm instead of the single-sided unit fitted to the models at the top of the range, but the actual frame dimensions are identical. The back end is damped by a Sachs monoshock with adjustments for rebound and spring preload. At the front we find a Marzocchi upside-down fork with 43 mm stanchions. Both models share the same single rear disc brake but differ in the solution adopted at the front wheel. The Multistrada is equipped with two 300 mm discs and floating calipers. The Multistrada Dark has a single disc, but larger in diameter at 320 mm.
The Desmodue 620 is without a doubt the perfect engine for a motorcycle that is designed to be safe, easy and enjoyable to ride, for all riders and on all roads. It is certainly the most flexible of all Ducati twins, and is designed to deliver great satisfaction to experienced riders, while perfectly fulfilling the needs of the novice. With more than enough power for the job, this engine has recently been updated and made even more enjoyable by the addition of an APTC clutch that significantly reduces the effort needed to operate the clutch lever and also features "slipper" design to prevent rear wheel lock-up when downshifting the gearbox.
Engine - L-twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder
Type - Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement - 618 cc
Bore x Stroke - 80 x 61.5 mm
Compression Ratio - 10,5:1
*Power - 46.4 kW - 63 HP @ 9500 rpm
Fuel Injection - Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust - Single steel muffler and pipe system with catalytic converter
Emissions - Euro 2
Transmission - 6-speed
Ratio - 32/13, 2nd; 30/18, 3rd; 28/21, 4th; 26/23, 5th; 22/22, 6th; 24/26
Primary drive - Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85
Final drive - Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 48
Clutch - APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame - Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase - 1459 mm / 57.4 in
Steering angle - 35° right and left
Front suspension - Marzocchi 43 mm upside-down fork
Front wheel travel - 145 mm / 5.7 in
Front wheel - 3-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front tyre - 120/60 ZR 17
Rear suspension - Progressive linkage with preload and rebound adjustable Sachs
Rear wheel travel - 133 mm / 3,23 in
Rear wheel - 3-spoke light alloy 4.50 x 17
Rear tyre - 160/60 ZR 17
Front brake - 2 x 300 mm discs, 2-piston, 2-pad floating caliper (Dark: 320 mm semi-floating single disc, 4 piston, 2 pad caliper)
Rear brake - 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
**Dry weight - 183 Kg/ 402 lbs
Seat height - 830 mm / 32,7 in
Max height - 1320 mm / 52 in
Max length - 2087 mm / 82.2 in
Instruments - Speedometer, rev counter, clock, scheduled maintenance warning, immobilizer
*** Warranty - 2 years unlimited mileage
Fuel Tank Capacity - 15 l (of which 4 l reserve). 3.9 US gal (of which 1.0 US gal reserve)
*Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer. **The weight excludes battery, lubricants and coolant for liquid cooled models.
***The conditions of the warranty are described in the warranty booklet provided with each motorcycle.