This is my first Ducati. It is a black 2006 620. I've been riding since 2001. I had some extra money after I bought my first house and bought a Harley. I still have and enjoy that bike which has been hopped up a bit. However, it is a heavy bike and is definitely a straight line hot-rod only. I needed a bike to satisfy my "fun in the twisties" urge. I liked the simple, beautiful and basic design of the air-cooled monsters so I bought the a low mileage 620 from someone local who had only put 800 miles on it.
The modifications I have made so far are fairly limited because I plan to eventually buy a S2R 1000 or maybe a S2R 1100 (when/if it comes out). I used the Competition Werkes tailchop kit. Very good quality. Expensive, but worth it. It is all stainless steel. I wish I hadn't waited so long to do the chop. In pictures it looks good, but in person it looks even better. The shorter rearend that aligns nicely with the exhausts is exactly the look I wanted.
Other simple & cheap mods include the following:
- Cheap ebay barend mirrors
- Clear Alternatives smoked brake light and turn signal lenses
- Painted the belt covers and headlight brackets black
- Sanded the handle bars and headlight ring to give them brushed look
- Gen-Mar Bar Risers
Every time I think this bike needs more power I remind myself click down a gear & twist the throttle all the way. It is nice having a bike that I can use every bit of the throttle. I've ridden plenty of bikes where only half of the throttle needs to be used on regular rides.