Ducati Multistrada 620 i.e. (2005-2007) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati Multistrada 620 i.e, the first “small” Ducati Multistrada.

The Ducati Multistrada 620, much like the Ducati Monster 620 i.e., is based on the larger motorcycle (the Multistrada 1000DS), but with a smaller-capacity engine and other lower-end ride gear.

The Multistrada 620 is based on an air-cooled (no oil cooler!) fuel-injeted L-twin with desmodromically operated valves and two valves per cylinder, plus belt-driven cams. The 618 cc engine has a 10.5:1 compression ratio and is tuned for a peak of 63 hp / 46.4 kW at 9500 rpm. Final drive is via a six-speed box and chain drive.

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Ducati Multistrada 620 i.e. Service Intervals

For the fuel-injected Multistrada 620, service intervals are every 10000 km or 6200 miles OR every year. At every service, change the oil, check/replace the spark plugs, check the timing belt tension, and check the valve clearances.

The Multistrada 620 has a Desmodromic valve timing system, which means that there’s both an opener and a closer for each valve. When one gets out of spec, the other one can, too. There are only two valves per cylinder, though, so only four clearances per cylinder, and eight total.

Every two services or two years (some do it every 4-5 years), you have to change the timing belts. This is a mandatory part of the service — a broken timing belt can mean bent valves, which is a much more expensive service.

The Multi 620 has a hydraulic clutch, just like its bigger sibling, so make sure you keep the clutch fluid fresh, just as with the brake fluid.

What you need to service the Ducati Multistrada 620

Servicing the Ducati Multistrada 620 is much like servicing any of the earlier air-cooled small-capacity fuel-injected V-twins.

Apart from normal motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need.

PartDucati Multistrada 620 spec
OilThe manual recommends 10W-40 engine oil for most uses. A high-quality synthetic like Mobil 1 10W-40 would be ideal.

Ducati Monster fuel-injected 2-valve oil recommendation
Oil filterThe standard Ducati part 44440039A works, but the Hiflofiltro HF153RC is a drop-in replacement.
Brake fluidUse a DOT 4 fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4 full synthetic.
Spark plugsStandard type is NGK DCPR8E or a Champion RA6HC. Remember you need 4 (this is a twin spark engine).
Timing beltRenew this before it’s too late! Part number is 73710051A. Other part numbers may fit too.
Fork oilUse either Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Shell Donax TA, 0.40L in each leg.
Brake padsEBC HH pads give better bite and feel. Front: FA244HH for years 2002-2005, and then FA181HH for 2005-2006 for brakes with a single pin pad fixing caliper. Rear: FA047HH.
Air filterStandard air filter part number is 42610111A. You can also use a K&N DU-9001.
Chain maintenanceKeep a Motul chain care kit handy to keep your chain lubricated.
Cable cleanerProtect all cable life is a popular cable lube.
General greaseUse Lithium soap-based grease for external parts.
Service items for the Ducati Multistrada 620. Source: Service Manual

Ducati Multistrada 620 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Ducati Multistrada 620.

It’s broken up into three parts:

  1. Daily checks
  2. The major items maintenance schedule
  3. The annual service checklist

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 620

This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it). Do the items in this list every 1000 km/600 miles or 6 months.

You should also do these at the annual service.

Ducati Multistrada 620 regular maintenance
Check the engine oil level (Mobil 1 10W-40)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels (top up with Castrol DOT 4)
Check tyre pressure and tread wear
Check the drive chain tension, alignment, and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)
Check the brake pads. Change if necessary. (Front: FA244HH / FA181HH, Rear: FA047HH.)
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 620

Major Items Maintenance Schedule

Generally speaking

  • Follow the earlier of either distance or time intervals (e.g. change the oil every year, but you don’t have to check the valves every two years if it has been sitting).
  • Do the daily checks as well as part of the service.
  • Keep following the maintenance schedule in the pattern shown.
km x 100010203040Replace
mi x 10006.212.418.624.8Every
Annual service checklist (see below) — Check / Perform all itemsYear
Engine oil — Replace (Mobil 1 10W-40)Year
Oil filter — Replace (HF153RC)Year
Engine oil pick-up filter — Clean
Air filter — Check / Replace if necessary (part DU-9001)
Valve clearances — Check
Timing belts — Check tension2 years
Timing belts — Replace (part 73710051A)2 years
Spark plugs — Check / Replace as necessary (NGK DCPR8E)
Fuel filter — Replace
Throttle body — Set timing and idling
Engine oil pressure — Check
Cylinder compression  —Check
Clutch and brake fluid — Replace (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Fuel tank — Check / Clean as necessary
Steering bearing play — Check
Front fork oil — Replace (Shell Donax TA)
Ducati Multistrada 620 maintenance schedule table

Annual Service Checklist

Below is the list of things to check at the annual service for the Multistrada 620.

Ducati Multistrada 620 Annual Maintenance
Fuel filter — Replace
Throttle bodies — Sync and set idle speed
Brake pads — Check / Replace (Front: FA244HH, Rear: FA047HH)
Clutch and brake levers/controls — Check / Lubricate
Control cables — Check for kinks, lubricate
Clutch — Check function and free play of lever
Brake — Check function and free play of lever
Clutch and brake fluid — Check level
Clutch disc pack — Check, and replace as necessary
Rear wheel rubber cush drive — Check
External fuel hoses (check for kinks/routing) — Check
Front forks & rear shock absorber — Check for leaks/pitting
Torque of all nuts and bolts (especially engine and wheel mounts) — Check adjust
Wheel hub bearings — Check
External parts (side stand, pivots) — Lubricate
Battery fluid level & charge state — Check
Front sprocket fastening plate — Check
Ducati Multistrada 620 Annual Maintenance

Ducati Multistrada 620 Chain Maintenance

Ducati recommends that you check the chain tension and lubrication every 600 miles/ 1000 km or 6 months.

The Ducati Multistrada 620 is a bike often used for commuting or everyday riding, so it will often be exposed to harsh conditions, including the chain. Make sure you regularly clean the chain and then re-lubricate it using a high-quality lubricant like Motul chain lube.

You also need to check and adjust the chain slack (tension). Put the bike on its side stand with no load on it (no people or luggage). Measure the chain slack by checking the free vertical movement of the loosest part of the chain (the middle of the lower section, between the sprockets). Move the bike around a few times and check the slack in each position.

Ducati Multistrada 620 chain slack measurement and adjustment labeled

Target chain slack for the Ducati Multistrada 620: 25-27 mm (1.0-1.1 in)

If the slack is out of spec, you need to adjust it.

  1. Loosen the axle nut
  2. Loosen (or tighten) the adjuster nut evenly on each side of the axle until the chain slack is within spec. You may need to physically pull or push on the wheel to make sure it has moved with the hut.
  3. Check the reference marks on each side of the swingarm to make sure they’re lined up.
  4. When the slack is within spec, grease the thread of the axle nut and tighten it to 72 Nm / 53 lb-ft.
  5. Grease the adjuster nuts and tighten them to 8 Nm / 6 lb-ft.

Wheels and Tires

The Ducati Multistrada 620 ships with radial tubeless tires that are a little smaller than most Ducatis, representing the lower power output of the engine.

See below for the tire sizes and recommended pressures.

WheelRim sizeTire sizeTire pressure (cold)
Front17 x 3.5 in120/60-ZR17220 kPa / 2.2 bar / 32 psi
Rear17 x 4.5 in160/60-ZR17240 kPa / 2.4 bar / 35 psi
Tire sizes and pressures

Naturally, adjust the tire pressure as best suits your needs.

About the Ducati Multistrada 620

Red Ducati Multistrada 620 action
Red Ducati Multistrada 620 action

The Ducati Multistrada 620 was the first “small” multistrada, originally released in the shadow of the 1st-gen Ducati Multistrada, the 1000DS.

Like its bigger sibling, the Ducati Multistrada 620 is an everyday, comfortable sport bike — a sport adventure tourer. In its day, the Multistrada 620 was most easily likened to the Suzuki V-Strom 650, an almost iconic bike that was popular with adventure tourers of all ages and experience levels.

The Ducati Multistrada 620 is based on the same engine as in the Monster 620. It’s a diminutive 618 cc air-cooled engine that has a bunch of character and enough poke for everyday riding.

Unlike the bigger Multi, or every other Multistrada after the 1000 actually, the Multistrada 620 has a wet clutch. It’s an APTC clutch and has hydraulic control (unusual for a small bike), so you need to change the clutch fluid as regularly as you do the brake fluid.

There are a few things that are different about the smaller Multi relative to the bigger ones. The suspension is simpler — it’s not adjustable at the front, though there’s preload and rebound adjustability at the rear. The front brakes are slightly lower spec, being 300 mm discs with 2-piston calipers. And the rear tire has a narrower profile, too.

The Monster Dark is nearly the same, though it swaps out the twin 320 mm discs for a single 320 mm disc and a 4-piston caliper.

In terms of style, the Multistrada 620 is the same as its bigger sibling. It has a split fairing that turns with the handlebars, a design that Pierre Terblanche created to allow the wide handlebars to sit closer to the fairing, allowing the fairing to be effective without being huge. It works, but it does look weird.

The larger Multistrada 1000 was never considered to be high-powered (the engine is tuned for torque) so the Multistrada 620 struggled to get off the ground in terms of sales.

Like other Desmodue-powered motorcycles, you need to regularly check the cam belt tension and swap them out every two years — per the manual, though reality might differ.

And similarly, you need to check and adjust the valves every service — every 10,000 km. Luckily, the valve service on this bike is quite easy. Once you get access to the valves (a few things have to come off), you don’t have to remove camshafts or mess with cam chain tensioners, as you do in modern DOHC designs. It’s easily doable by a home mechanic.

While the Multistrada 620 wasn’t a huge hit, it set the scene for later smaller Multistradas, including the Hyperstrada 821 and the very successful Multistrada 950, which is now known as the Multistrada V2.

Ducati Multistrada 620 Owner’s Manual

You can download Ducati manuals from Ducati here, although the one for the Multistrada 620 is no longer available.

Further, the Multistrada 620 manual didn’t actually have a maintenance schedule in it. But the service manual did — see the screenshot below.

Note that the service manual is pretty directly derived from Italian, so “S” is for “change” because it’s short for “scambiare”, “P is for “Clean” because it’s short for “jkulire”, and so on. Mamma mia! (Yes, Italians really do say that a lot)

Ducati Multistrada 620 Service Manual Maintenance Schedule

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