My wife bought me a 2003 620 for christmas. Other than a new exhaust ( and which brand) where is the best place to start modifications. This is my first bike. Thanks in advance for any advice to a newbie
its tough to decide where you want to start for mods weather you are doing performance mods, aesthetics, or for erogonomics. a pretty common and fairly cost effecftive performance mod you may want to look at is changing the gearing for some snappier low end response. poke around the board, you'll find plenty of info.
My best friend conspired with my wife to make the purchase, he was shocked when she asked him to help find a bike and excited to help as he knew I had wanted a duc for nearly ten years. (Now, I just need to get him off his springer softail) Only thing is now she has something to hold over my head (I can't argue about changing dirty diapers as much). I'll ask the dealer about the airbox and I have seen that it comes stock a little lean anyhow. So would you start with a strati mod or replace the cans/ecu/airfilter at the new lower price from ducati?
THAT'S SO COOL!!! I want a new 620ie, too!! I rode one too briefly and thought it was great. Are you sure you need to mod it so soon after purchase? Maybe get the mufflers and see about having the dealer adjust up the "trim" until you have 4~6% CO.
Yes, that sidestand thing is a recent change. You can start it with the stand down now. But you may consider removing the whole interlock switch. Real easy to do on the new bikes - no bypass necessary. No cost. Possibility of pole vaulting comes with it though.
You also don't need to buy anything to open the airbox. The current cover has a little tiny hole for air to come in. You can cut off the whole top, drill big holes in it, or, if you want to spend money, buy from the DP catalog. I cut mine off. There are some things to avoid and care to be taken as another new thing is the Helmholz resonator built in to the cover. The dealer has to trim the mix richer. The open airbox will lean out an already lean mix.
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BTW, I chose the 620 over the others on looks alone. Performance is more than adequate, but it's head and shoulders better-looking than the ones with oil coolers and radiators and such. (Uh, anyone who wants certainly can contradict me on that last.)
Don, I'll take you up on that last part - me personally, I don't like the gap where the oil cooler goes on the 620. It looks to me like there should be something there. I picked up an oil cooler for a song on the great ebay and am going to install it this winter. I got it for looks alone, overheating isn't a problem here. I agree with you on the radiator, a bit big for my taste. I also agree that the 620 is a beautiful bike, I just go to the garage and look at it quite frequently. As I am a new owner, this will be my first winter storing it, thank god for the DML - it will get me through the winter, but it's going to be a long one.
I've got a PCIII to install soon and I bought TPO beast pods to replace the intake. Anything that reduces weight increases apparent power. Going for some lightweight slipons might not add any power but the weight reduction helps. I found my 750D way more flickable and stable without the factory cans dragging it down.