I got my first formal request on tumblr the other day.
I m thinking about buying a Ducati monster 620, year 2000-2002.
If possible, could you write an article about things to look for when buying a monster. and if there s something you noticed along the years.
The Monster 620 is a pretty good Monster. The engine is under stressed so it isn’t prone to blowing up. However, you are still buying a Ducati which means it’s all about the services. Pre 2007 Ducati need to be serviced every 6000 miles or 2 years which ever comes first. So when shopping for one you need to make sure the previous owner(s) did the services when needed. The 2000-02 bikes are still in the middle of Ducati’s slow improvement on electronics so make sure it starts and runs from cold too.
I’ve personally had very few problems with mine. Most of them coming after 50,000 miles, and mine doesn’t live in a garage only a covered parking area so it’s not overly babied.
- Stator Died at ~60k miles
- Throttle position sensor died at ~65k miles
- Clutch is beginning to slip at 75k (these are pretty expensive and I’m looking at replacing the engine with a used one)
Mine is leaking a fair amount of Oil, but that also is a relatively new problem (post 60k)
Here are some links you might find useful if you are looking for more information. Or just ask.
Generic Ducati Buyers Guide – a little old but still good