Baby of the Family

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), March 26, 2004 | Go to article overview

Baby of the Family


Byline: By Andy Feeley

Ducati kicked off the Monster family back in 1993 with the 900cc model and such was its success that new versions have been released ever since.

They come with everything from the basic 600cc engines up to the mighty S4R with Ducati's legendary 996cc Superbike motor.

Unfortunately that is not the machine on test this week, but the top selling 620ie is.

It may be the smallest in the family, but it has a role to fill and, with a price tag of just under pounds 5,000 and group 10 insurance, it gives the cost-conscious buyer the opportunity to get on to the Ducati ladder.

The spec is basic. You get unadjustable suspension but an extra disc on the front is optional.

The 618cc, fuel-injected engine produces around 60bhp which is enough to give a top speed of 110mph but at those kind of speeds the rider is hanging on like a sail in the wind.

If you want top-drawer performance then this is not the bike for you.

However, if ease of use and light, nimble, urban handling is your bag, then the baby Monster fits the bill.

The slightly upswept bars and low seat height are just what is required for town work and there is enough of that famous Ducati V-twin torque to keep things interesting.

That 620 engine is better than some of the larger capacity versions in stop-start conditions, with none of the transmission backlash that I remember the early 900 models suffering from. It may be down to the fuel injection or simply the smaller pistons, but it is smooth with a hint of character. …

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