The fully-adjustable suspension with a side mounted rear shock is obviously unique to the 950, with the showroom settings being on the comfort/soft side. The fully-adjustable suspension has excellent ride qualities; it’s easy to adjust the remote preload if you choose to add luggage or a pillion. But when you want to have some fun it lacks the support of the 1200. The front end dives too quickly in the first quarter of the stroke. However overall impressive, just don’t expect the same level of performance as the 1200.
The 937 Hypermotard derived engine produces a quoted 113bhp @9000rpm and 71ftlb of torque at @7,750rpm. The Testastretta engine is essentially the same as the Hypermotard but with different intake, airbox, fuelling and exhaust. The new 950 motor is smooth, effortless, and perfectly fuelled at slow speed, but it’s not thrilling. Even in sports mode it lacks any real get up and go. It’s more than sufficient for fast overtakes and high speed touring, even two up fully loaded, but I just wanted a bit more excitement. Ducati are synonymous with power, racing and speed, and the 950 lacks a little for the prestigious badge it proudly wears.
The level of finish is high as are the quality of components, like Brembo controlling the braking in partnership with Bosch. Reliability shouldn’t be an issue and class-leading service intervals are huge; every 9000 miles.
The 950 comes in at £2700 less than the base Multistrada and £5700 under the sporty 1200S, which is a huge saving considering they share so many similarities.
Considering the relatively low asking price of just below £11,000 the spec sheet is impressive. The clocks are related to the 1200, just a slightly lower spec and the same switch-gear as the new Monster 1200. There are four rider modes; Sports, Touring, Urban and Enduro which automatically change the power and engine characteristics along with the ABS and traction control. Ducati have kept their unique Ducati Safety Pack which includes three-way ABS and eight-way traction control. There’s fully adjustable suspension front and rear, a manually adjustable screen and impressive Brembo stoppers at both ends.