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Ducati Multistrada 620 launched internationally


March 7, 2005

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March 8, 2005 The new Ducati Multistrada 620 was introduced to the international press last week at a Sicilian fishing village in the province of Trapani. The model is new for 2005, one of three new models introduced by Ducati to the Multistrada family range, including the higher specification 1000 S DS and the 620 and Dark entry level Multistrada models.

The international media has greeted the model with great interest. Motorcycle News, Great Britain was quoted with saying; "...It’s easy to ride, fun, flickable, ideal for first timers and will definitely turn heads”

The new 620 model sports a number of new changes which are common to the Multistrada range for 2005, including a higher raised windshield, a redesigned seat for greater comfort and control (this also sports a anti slip cover for pillion riders), re positioning of indicators, built into the rear view mirrors and the mirrors themselves are spaced an additional 40mm apart for better vision, additionally the side stand has been re-engineered for greater stability when parking.

The Multistrada 620 represents the entry level option for riders into the Multistrada range, the model sports the 620 engine with a displacement of 618cc, which confidently delivers smooth linear power for ease of riding. Additionally a new Power Torque Clutch has been incorporated which offers light lever pull, further adding to the rider friendly nature of this model.

The model is 13 Kilograms lighter than the existing 1000 DS, the 620 weighing in at 183 Kg. This is achieved through lighter components including a twin sided swing-arm. The Multistrada 620 also boasts handy storage under the seat. The tank design of the Multistrada 620 gives a capacity of 15 litres. Coupled with a lower consumption rate from the 620 engine this combination provides a great fuel range.

Since the introduction of the Multistrada concept in mid 2003, it has been a very successful model providing great on-road performance, with enduro “ergonomics” for an upright position and is very capable on gravel road surfaces making it an ideal concept for dirt road toruing.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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