DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1000 (2004-2009) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A bold attempt at tourer/town/sportster hybrid motorcycle"

Ducati Multistrada 1000DS motorcycle review - Riding

"A bold attempt at tourer/town/sportster hybrid motorcycle"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 3 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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 group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1000 (2004-2009) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1000 (2004-2009)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

red ducati

12 September 2012 by mmisit

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... Read more 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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Nice legs, shame about the face.

08 May 2007 by jcockrell

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... Read more (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?)

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Swan & Ugly Duckling in one awesome package!

07 July 2006 by vulpine

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... Read more 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!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

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

15 August 2005 by Multistrada100DS

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Multistrada - the rookie's scratcher!

10 April 2005 by sofast1812

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... Read more 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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Different from the mainstream

18 September 2004 by Rocker66

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 6 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £7,750
Used price £3,000 to £4,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 68 ft-lb
Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 992cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 196kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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