Ducati has announced the 2002 Monster 620 i.e. This is a model clearly demonstrating Ducati’s commitment to the naked Monster, and features many substantial upgrades over the prior baby Monster 600.
The Monster 620 i.e. is obviously fuel injected, and also features increased displacement (now 18cc) from its two-valve, air-cooled engine. With a larger airbox, larger valves and a new exhaust system, the Monster 620 i.e. has eight additional horsepower compared with the Monster 600. Maximum power is 60 horsepower at 6750 rpm. The redline of the engine has been increased an incredible 1500 rpm (now 9500 rpm).
Ducati gave the 620 i.e. an entirely new frame derived from the Monster S4 (considered by some to be the best handling Ducati ever). While maintaining the low seat height of the original Monster 600 (something customers clearly desired, according to Ducati), the new frame has substantially improved suspension, including a linkage-equipped rear suspension derived from the Ducati superbikes (featuring adjustable rebound and spring pre-load), as well as a re-calibrated front fork.
The brakes have been dramatically upgraded, as well. Ducati replaced the single-disc system of the prior bike with a new, double-disc, 320mm system featuring Brembo Gold Line calipers. The 389 pound 620 i.e. should stop on a dime.
Instrument gauges have also been completely redesigned, and are now electronic with analog readouts and two LCD displays (similar to many, new Japanese sportbike designs). An electronic anti-theft immobilizer is now standard equipment, as well.
There is a “620S i.e.” version which has an aluminum swingarm, increased ground clearance, carbon fibre silencer guards and an S4-type front fairing/wind screen.
Ducati indicates the Monster 620 i.e. will be available in October of this year in Europe. U.S. availability and MSRP are not known at this time.