Ducati Multistrada 620 Hugger
by Rick K. and "Mad Dog" Earle for webBikeWorld.com
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It took me just about one year to get this hugger installed on my
Multistrada 620. Hopefully you can do it in about 1/52
of that time.
The story starts on March 15 of 2008, when I ordered the
"official" Ducati carbon fiber hugger for the Multistrada 620 from
the local dealer. They charged my credit card for the $272.00
at that time.
I figured it would take maybe a month or so to get it shipped
over from Italy. But a month turned into two, then three, then
four... I could have cancelled the order, but it started to get,
interesting, ridiculous and silly.
So I figured I'd hang in
there to see how long it really would
take and then report back to you, our webBikeWorld readers.
Back and forth it went -- and don't forget they still had my
$272.00. After much email traffic between me and the dealer, from
the dealer to Ducati North America and from Ducati North America to Italy, we finally got
notice that the part would arrive. It was now December of 2008,
9 months since the order was placed.
I got the call on New Year's Eve, and went down today to pick it
up. The parts guy brought the box out from the back and I knew
right away that this wasn't going to be pretty -- the box was badly
beat up and one side had been crushed.
He opened it up and there it was, a carbon fiber hugger with no
packing around it, no protective wrap -- nothing. Just a piece
of carbon fiber, rattling around in a big box.
It had about a 3" crack down the middle and it was pretty
ragged and it looked like
hell. This was probably the worst piece of carbon fiber I've
ever seen -- like it was made in somebody's garage, a first try at
making carbon fiber.
It had loose fibers all over, a terrible finish with no clearcoat, stress
fractures all over, sharp edges, bits of the mold and mold release
sticking out... Ducati should be ashamed of themselves. This
should have never gotten out of the shop of whomever made it, much
less shipped to a paying customer.
So at this point, I threw in the towel and got my money back.
Apparently, I am the only guy in the world who actually ordered the
official Ducati Performance Parts carbon fiber hugger for the rare
and getting rarer Multistrada 620, and they must have fabricated
this hugger in Uncle Louie's carbon fiber works and shoe-shine shop.
Based on this experience, my advice is to forget Ducati for these
type of parts -- they really let me down on this one. It
reminded me very much of the Ducati of old and not something you'd
expect from a "world class" company in 2009.
Monster 620 mud guard, Ducati part number 56510301A.
What next? I still wanted a hugger. The Multistrada
620 (and, I assume, other flavors of the Multistrada) needs one
badly. The bare rear tire throws up all sorts of dirt, mud,
yuck and debris over the monoshock and everywhere else under the
So I did a bit of research and learned that some Multistrada 620
owners had adapted a plastic hugger that was originally designed for the Monster
for use on the Multistrada. Why didn't I know
about this earlier? I guess I had become enamored
with the idea of having a real carbon fiber part, made
by Ducati specifically for the bike.
The Monster hugger is for the 620 Monster and it's
called a rear mudguard, Ducati part number 56510301A.
The price I was quoted at the dealer was a very
The part arrived only a few days later in good shape.
It's made from some type of plastic or ABS and although
it probably could be painted, as I did with the hugger
on the GT1000, the Monster mudguard has a built-in chain
guard (which some owners do not like).
This gives it a more complex shape than the GT1000
hugger, so I figured I'd leave it in the unpainted black
state rather than try to mess with all those complex
Dirt and crud in front of the tire without the mud guard
(L). Front right bolt hole (R) doesn't need to be
The Monster mud guard fits almost perfectly to the
bolt holes on the left side front and rear of the Multistrada 620
swingarm, but the Monster hugger also has a hole in the
right front and right rear that have no matching bolts
on the Multistrada 620.
Some owners have drilled the extra two holes in the
swingarm on their MTS620, but I didn't really want to do that.
Or at least I wanted to see if I could make it work
first as a sort of trial and to make sure I knew exactly
where the holes should be drilled if I wanted to go that
I bolted the left-hand side front and rear and found
that the hugger fits pretty tight without the extra
bolts. It fits so tightly that drilling for the
extra bolt on the right-hand side at the front didn't
seem necessary at all, but to line the hugger up
correctly over the tire, I'd have to do something about
the right-hand side in the rear to pull the plastic over
a bit and get the top of the hugger to line up correctly
over the tire.
Again, I didn't want to drill the swingarm, more out
of laziness than anything else. So I cleaned off
the bottom of the tab on the hugger with some rubbing
alcohol, then put a piece of double-sided tape on it.
I pulled the hugger back until everything looked even
(looking at the tire and hugger from the rear of the
bike to make sure they were lined up) and then I stuck
the tab with the tape down on to the swingarm. I
then used a heavy cable tie
around the swingarm to hold the hugger in place.
So far, it's been working fine. The only issue
might be one of style -- the cable tie certainly isn't
as clean or professional-looking as a properly done bolt hole. But
it works for me, no one has noticed and the entire installation took only a
Here's how it looks:
Monster 620 mud guard installed on the Multistrada 620, left side.
Close-up of cable tie holding the hugger. The double-sided
tape can be seen under the bolt hole tab.
Adapting the Monster 620 hugger for the Multistrada 620 can be a
quick and easy project. Fussy types can drill the correct
holes in the swingarm, but just make sure everything likes up first, and
I assume the holes would also have to be tapped.
interested in hearing from Multistrada 620 owners who have installed
the Monster 620 hugger the "right" way -- perhaps you can let us
know how you fit the bolts into the Multistrada's swingarm (see
update below in comments)?
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UPDATE (From Author): The cable tie
broke the first time I lifted the Multistrada on the
rear stand. So I decided to drill the swingarm and
add a self-tapping screw. Here's how I did
I carefully lined up the hugger to make sure it was even
on both sides, then I used a pencil
through the hole in the hugger to make an index mark on
Next, I used a center punch to mark the hole. This
will give something for the drill bit to grab.
Here's the swingarm with the center-punched hole.
I used a small drill bit first to drill a pilot hole,
then I used a larger drill bit to fit the self-tapping
By first center-punching the index mark, then using a
pilot drill, then the full-sized drill, you should have
a much better chance of successfully locating the hole
exactly where it was laid out and the drill shouldn't
This is the preferred method for drilling just about any
hole and it's worth the little extra time to make sure
the hole is located correctly and drilled straight with
the least amount of stress on the drill bits.
Also, I used some light oil to lubricate the hole and
Here's the drilled hole.
And here's the final result. I used a hex-head
self-tapping screw, probably about 2 sizes larger than
but it was the only one I had on hand.
From "M.R." (5/09): "Easy
attachment...drilled small holes and used self tapping
screws (in this case self tapping Allen screws):