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Ducati Multistrada 1000/1100 DS (2004-2009)



Detail Value
New price £7,750
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Engine size 992 cc
Power 85 bhp
Top speed 134 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Ducati Multistrada 1000DS is a bold attempt at tourer/town/sportster hybrid motorcycle and mostly hits the mark. Whacky styling masks a truly versatile motorcycle mixed with Italian style. Low screen, smallish tank and limited performance from Ducati Multistrada 1000DS' air-cooled two-valve engine are only slight niggles. That and its ugly face.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Air-cooled, two-valve, dual spark (the DS bit) 1000DS engine is Ducati’s proven, run-of-the-mill mainstay. The Ducati Multistrada 1000DS is flexible, friendly and invigorating enough if a little rough in terms of its gearchange and low-rev response. With just 85bhp its no full-on sportsbike powerplant, either, which limits the Ducati Multistrada 1000DS' sporting credentials. A worthy rather than remarkable motorcycle. 1000cc unite replaced with 95bhp 1100cc version in 2007 which improves rather than transforms things.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

On face value, the Ducati Multistrada 1000DS shouldn’t work – monster trailie motorcycle dimensions and posture mixed with street brakes and tyres should equal boingy mess – but it does, thanks to clean sheet design and street calibrated suspension. The Ducati Multistrada 1000DS is tall yet assured with zestful steering, although its not quite sharp and sophisticated enough to be a true sportster motorcycle. As a touring motorcycle it’s roomy and pleasant (although the seat’s too thin, screen too low and fuel warning light far too pessimistic). Overall it slaughters other ‘upright’ motorcycles.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Like most ‘base’ Ducati motorcycles, the true goodies for the Ducati Multistrada only come out of the Ducati Accessories catalogue and even basics like pillion hump and centre stand are extra. That said, the Ducati Multistrada 1000DS' clock pod is neat and there’s the saucy single-sided suspension and underseat pipes. Accessorised used motorcycles are par for the course.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

This motorcycle is a typical Ducati in it's build. In other words the Ducati Multistrada 1000DS is better than Ducatis used to be, deep paint and suchlike but there’s still and air of fragility and they need to be pampered more than most motorcycles from Japan. No major problems but keep your Ducati Multistrada 1000DS clean and well serviced.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Seven grand odd for a funky, versatile Ducati motorcycle with single-sided swinger etc, isn’t bad on face value. But it's worth remember that with the Ducati Multistrada 1000DS, you’re certain to be sucked into the Ducati accessories catalogue, servicing costs and performance isn’t much better than a £4500 Suzuki SV650. The Ducati Multistrada 1000DS' odd looks also hit depreciation, which makes a young, used, accessorized motorcycle the best buy. Find a Ducati Multistrada 1000 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2003: Ducati Multistrada 1000DS Launched in April, available in red or silver.
2003: In October, new all-black Ducati Multistrada 1000DS also becomes available.
2005: Ducati Multistrada 1000S version, with Ohlins forks and shock, introduced.
2006: Flip screen now standard fitment on all Ducati Multistrada 1000DS motorcycles.
2007: Both bikes now get uprated 1100cc engine.

Other Versions

Ducati Multistrada 1000S: Virtually identical, but uses higher spec (and better looking) Ohlins forks and shock front and rear for £745 higher price.

Specifications

Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 68 ft-lb
Weight 196 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 992 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(6 reviews)

  • red ducati

    mmisit

    Average rating rating is 4

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    recently purchased my own mts 1000 ds on an 06 reg with just 8000 miles on the clock and its everything i could ask for and more, being lanky the positioning is great for me the seats not too bad after 100 miles ive had enough though. engine is lovely more than enough grunt for the road and the handling is sublime even on this standard model. this is my second big bike and the finish and quality of compionents for the money is great a real find just make sure you get onw with history!!!! enjoy!

    12 September 2012

  • Nice legs, shame about the face.

    jcockrell

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I bought my 1100 6 months ago and use it for commuting with the occasinal longer trip (LeMans in 3 weeks). Nice bike, very well put together, strong motor but gearbox is a weak point. Can be clunky and neutral is non-existent until it has warmed up (but if it wasn't quirky it wouldn't be a Ducati, would it?). Looks great from behind, not so good from the front (where have I heard that berore?)

    08 May 2007

  • Swan & Ugly Duckling in one awesome package!

    vulpine

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Since purchasing my Multistrada 1000S DS a couple of months ago I have been very impressed by the whole package. Previous bike was a Yamaha Faser 600 (2000) which was my first big bike. I always thought the Faser was a good if not slightly dull do it all. But the MStrada is of a different class. Everything feels solid and is finished to a very high standard. The Ohlins forks and shocks and top notch, making the ride responsive and highly customisable (I am 6'2" and big boned! I also carry my lady on the back who is not big boned, but a quick adjustment of the pre-load and we are ready to rock). The brakes are excellent and handling is sharp (front end feels a little twitchy/light sometimes but that is probably due to front suspension setup requiring a tweak to come into line with the rear adjustments I have made - suspension settings have a steep learning curve!). The engine has plenty of Ducati grunt too! Test ride it and you will fall in love with this ugly duckling... Strengths:
    Suspension, Engine, Handling, Brakes, Looks (trust me, they grow on you!), Exclusivity and the sound of a L-twin! Weaknesses: Ducati Service and accessories are not cheap!!

    07 July 2006

  • Uprated EPROM, de-cat'd, Carbon Termignonis, radial calipers, wavy discs, Ohlins race dampers etc.

    Multistrada100DS

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Shit-hot! Strengths: Comfortable riding position, excellent brakes and acceleration, great poise and balance. Weaknesses: Still getting to grips with the looks.

    15 August 2005

  • Multistrada - the rookie's scratcher!

    sofast1812

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've always admired Ducatis, and had (and still have) a mint, 1997 900 Superlight in the garage when I first went looking at Ducati's ugly duckling. The test ride totally sold me on the comfy upright riding position but still with near superbike handling, the grunty 1000 twin spark engine was everything I expected too, plenty of go and that fabulous Ducati thunder. What I didn't spot on the 20min test spin was the arse crunchingly painful seat! I actually bought the demonstrator with just over 800 miles on the clock and two days later fitted the factory gel seat along with a few other goodies. Since buying the bike I've done just over 1800 miles and apart from the seat (even the gel seat is nasty after 100 miles)I can honesty say that I love the bike and yes, even as a rookie fast road rider, have had my knee down in total safety - how many big trailies can you do that on? Strengths: Grunty V twin, mega handling, image and unusual, attention grabbing styling. Weaknesses: Standard of finish (dry rides only if you want to keep it mint!) and that horrible seat!

    10 April 2005

  • Different from the mainstream

    Rocker66

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I had the bike fitted with the DP luggage comfort screen & comfort seat which has made the bike really useable for me. I have also fitted a number of carbon fibre bits such as a hugger. One of the best bits that I have fitted is an after marker clutch slave cylinder which has improved the action of the clutch considerably. I have done most types of riding on it (excluding track days)and like it's name says it is a bike for all roads. Strengths: The fun factor. It's different from the main stream bikes. It's a Ducati. Weaknesses: Quality of finish needs plenty of TLC comfort with standard seat/screen heavy clutch as standard.

    18 September 2004

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Nice legs, shame about the face.

I bought my 1100 6 months ago and use it for commuting with the occasinal longer trip (LeMans in 3 weeks). Nice bike, very well put together, strong motor but gearbox is a weak point. Can be clunky and neutral is non-existent until it has warmed up (but if it wasn't quirky it wouldn't be a Ducati, would it?). Looks great from behind, not so good from the front (where have I heard that berore?)

04 May 2007 17:58

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