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 of the early noughties. The Multistrada 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. Upgraded with a 95bhp 1100cc version in 2007 which improves rather than transforms things.
No major problems but regular dealer or specialist servicing is crucial.
If you like the odd styling of the original Multistrada you're in a minority. Luckily for you this results in used values lower than comparable bikes of the same age. As always with Ducati, low miles and dealer servicing are cruical, walk away from tatty bikes or be prepared for big bills.
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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 were 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.