MILAN SHOW: Ducati Multistrada 950 – adventure for all

Published: 07 November 2016

The Multistrada family may already boast a top-end every adventure-sports bike for most tastes, ranging from the superb Pikes Peak through to the off-road focused Enduro – but this is the one we’ve been waiting for with great anticipation.

This is the new Multistrada 950, a smaller capacity offering that opens up the model range to a whole new group of riders who may currently be actively put off by the scale, power, or focus of the 1200 range.

Highlights

  • New Multistrada model
  • 937cc liquid-cooled Testastretta L-twin
  • ABS and Ducati Traction Control
  • Fully adjustable suspension
  • Touring Pack version available

The facts

  • 113bhp
  • 227kg
  • Seat height 840mm

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Combining the Multistrada family's trademark design and chassis geometry, the Multistrada 950 is slightly lighter than the 1200, and has a non-adjustable seat height of 840mm

Up front it wears a versatile 19" light alloy front wheel that will work with pure road tyres on tarmac, or can offer a bit more flexibility on and off road with more dual-purpose rubber fitted. The tyre size is a 120/70 19, while propping up the other end is a 170/60 17 which will offer an equally versatile blend of nimble road handling and dual-purpose flexibility. The 950 comes on Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres as standard fitment.

The engine is the 937cc Testastretta, and delivers a claimed 113bhp at 9000rpm, and 70.95ftlb torque at 7750rpm – a combination that should make the 950 feel like a lively ride, without it ever turning threatening. Service intervals are spaced at 9000 miles or 12 months, with a valve clearance inspection every 18,000miles.

There are four riding modes (Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro), the new Multi also gets the Ducati Safety Pack, which includes the latest Bosch 9.1 MP ABS with 3-level adjustment and 8-level Ducati Traction Control. The systems apply different intervention levels depending on the selected Riding Mode; and owners can personalise them to their own preferences, too.

The new dash is an all-LCD unit that shows speed, rpm, total distance ridden, selected gear, two trips, engine coolant temperature, fuel level and a clock. It also shows the rider all their Riding Mode information, miles remaining, real-time fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, average speed, air temperature, travel time and an ice warning.

The fork is a 48mm inverted unit, with adjustable spring pre-load and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. At the rear, a Sachs shock connects the swingarm to the left sub-frame: again, spring pre-load is adjustable (via a knob-operated hydraulic adjuster), as is compression and rebound damping. The spring is progressive, consequently increasing ride comfort even with the bike fully loaded.

Braking is delivered by Brembo M4.32 monobloc radial calipers and dual 320 mm discs up front, matched to a 265mm disc and floating Brembo caliper at the rear – all ABS enabled. The Bosch 9.1 MP ABS control unit allows 3-levels of intervention, including a mode that is designed for off-road use.

The new 950 will arrive in two guises, the standard bike will cost £10,995 (in red, £11,195 in white), while a Touring Pack version expected to be in the region of £12,295.

 

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