The clutch's light feel and reasonably smooth-shifting six-speed are welcome, as is the crisp throttle response. Still, there's more vibration than acceleration below 3700 rpm. And though it is supposed to be more practical than exciting, the 620 has plenty of Ducati character. Its desmo lump is a sweet-revving unit, with ample power to wheelie with a handful of throttle in first gear. It cruises happily at 80 mph, rumbling toward a 115-mph top speed. Road manners are well up to Bolognese standards in faster curves. The suspension lacks the bigger 'Stradas' sophistication, but delivers comfortably taut handling nonetheless.