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2005 Ducati Multistrada 620 Photo Gallery

Ducati says its new machine is "perfect for ambitious new riders." Come take a ride to Sicily with us as we find out how it rates. Check out what we thought about the bike after our 2005 Ducati Multistrada 620 First Ride.

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A unique feature of the Multistradas is how the windscreen turns with the handlebars.
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2005 Ducati Multistrada 620
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A relatively tall chassis and a grunty V-Twin combine for a surprisingly capable hooligan machine.
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Quite unlike the roadside scenery, the Multistrada's riding dynamics aren't nearly so prickly.
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2005 Ducati Multistrada 620
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The bracket for the rider and passenger pegs are integrated into a slick new casting.
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The humble air-cooled, two-valve, 90-degree V-Twin does an excellent job at transfering its limited power to the pavement.
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The Multistrada's instruments are clean and easy to read, but a fuel gauge is noticeable in its absense.
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If you can handle flat-black paint and the subtraction of a disc brake up front, the Multistrada Dark can be had for $500 less than the standard version.
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Ducati's APTC slipper clutch makes fast corner entries easy.
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Kevin Duke presents Ducati North America's Vince Chiaro and Ducati's Marketing Director Lorenzo Taxis with MCUSA's Best Standard of 2004 award for the Multistrada.
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2005 Ducati Multistrada 620
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If red is too predictable for a Ducati, this yellow and black Multistrada might be your cup of capuccino.
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A roomy cockpit layout and a much more comfortable seat provides a fatigue-resisting riding environment.
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One of Ducati's guides shows Cycle Canada's Neil Graham and a Foggy lookalike Brit journo our extended route.
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Perhaps the more attractive view of the Multistrada. Note the 620's conventional steel swingarm in place of the single-sided component on the 1000DS.
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An inverted fork, Brembo brakes, undertail exhaust and Italian style give the impression of a more expensive machine.
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In Sicily's mountains, corners come one after another, which the Multistrada happily devoured.
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The 620 Multistrada dives for tight apexes like a big dirt bike.
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A look at the Multistrada's exhaust shows that its twin-canister exit actually comes from a large muffler box.
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By using a rotationally molded nylon fuel cell, the Multistradai is able to carry a large portion of its fuel under the rider's seat.
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With a fresh storm rolling in off the coast, we high-tailed it up and over the mountain pass.
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The Multistrada's wide handlebar and upright riding position were perfect for unwinding Sicily's mountain switchbacks.
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Ducati Multistrada in Sicily.
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Muddy Pirelli Diablos and a grimy road surface limited lean angles.
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2005 Ducati Multistrada 620
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The 620 Multistrada has a much larger rear sprocket than its larger siblings, giving it short gearing that aids mono-wheeling antics.
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The 'Strada's mirrors (with integral turnsignals) are set wider apart for '05, providing a much more useful rearward view.
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Hi, I get paid to travel the world and thrash motorcycles I don't own. Hate me if you must.
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A 20mm taller windscreen provides a useful increase in comfort.
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The lovely trellis frames of red Multistradas have matching paint, while black-pained frames accompany the yellow and Dark versions.
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The stout chassis of the Multistrada gives its rider a secure feeling when untangling back roads.
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Although its horsepower numbers are nothing to brag about, the 618cc V-Twin has an accessible torque supply that can entertain.
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If you look carefully, you can see how cold temperatures and a damp road conspired to cause a front-wheel slide. A rider-friendly chassis helped gather it up without much drama.
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Not exactly normal weather for the typically sunny and warm Sicilian hills. It was the worst weather the region has had in years.