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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.