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DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 (2017-on) Review

Published: 16 December 2016

Updated: 15 August 2019

The all new Multistrada 950 shares all the excellent qualities of the 1200, but with a less intimidating power, spec and price tag

DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950  (2017-on)

The all new Multistrada 950 shares all the excellent qualities of the 1200, but with a less intimidating power, spec and price tag

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

At a competitive £10995, the entry level Ducati Multistrada is essentially very similar to the highly acclaimed 1200, but with a slightly lower spec and smaller engine. Take all the comfort and qualities of the 1200, reduce the level of gadgetry a little and add the 937 Hyperpermotard derived engine, and you’re on to a winner; a less intimating, easier to manage alternative to the pricey 1200 Mulstistrada. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.  

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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.

Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £10,995
Used price £7,700 to £10,900
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £250
Performance
Max power 113 bhp
Max torque 71 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 211 miles
Specification
Engine size 937cc
Engine type 8v Desmodromic L-twin two-cylinder, 6 gears
Frame type Trellis
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 204kg
Front suspension KYB 48mm USD forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Sachs single side mounted rear shock, fully adjustable with remote pre-load
Front brake 2x300mm semi-floating discs, radial Brembo four piston caliper
Rear brake 265mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70x19
Rear tyre size 170/60x17

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 (2017-on) 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 950 (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Epic all round bike that can do it all!

03 October 2019 by Kit

I got on a bike and passed my full access course around 3 months ago. Bought my first Multistrada 950 a month later. I did soo much research on multi's before hand. I may be 29, but i have the body of an 80 year old, so needed something comfortable for long distance. I picked it up from North Wales and rode it back through Wales and back to the Cotswolds. I immediately know I had just bought the perfect bike. It's so comfortable! Power delivery is smooth and predictable. A gripe I do have, is the clutch. Somedays I hop on, and the clutch can be incredibly grabby, making pulling away sometimes an awkward occasion. Most of the time it's fine and progressive, but it does sometimes flare up at the beginning of a ride. Heated grips are lovely. Beautifully integrated and easy to manage. Conquered nearly 3K on it with a grin on my face all the time. That L-Twin sound track never gets boring. I like how it's subtle(ish) when you ride it easy, then when you open the throttle beyond 1/4 twist, then it's like a valve opens in the exhaust and there is then a bark. Encouraging you to let her sing. ABS has kicked in a few times when on a few mossy single track roads. Nice to know it works effectively. The multi is big. I mean next to my colleagues CB650R, it dwarfs it. But it doesn't feel massive. You can still flick it around bends confidently. The larger size has a couple of big benefits. One being the comfort, as it keeps the majority of the wind off you. The second is the presence on the road. With it's eagles like beak breaking cutting the wind up front, Bright DRL (dipped beam lights on constantly) and bright glossy red look, you can't miss it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are spot on. Plenty of bite and nice progressive feel. Ride can be a little bouncy, but it can be dialled out of the fully adjustable front and rear suspension.
Engine
5 out of 5
The reason i had to buy a Ducati. That sound track is beautiful. Plenty of grunt when you want it. Happy in town as well. Feeling is smooth and manageable. Get to 130mph and you can feel that is it. Doesn't half get there fast either. Great Engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The exhaust headers are already showing corrosion. This is common with most of the Ducati's. It does taint the otherwise pristine look of the bike. There is a rattle from the exhaust when you've just started it up from warm and give it a little rev. Had Blade Ducati look into it, and they have said it's normal. It's otherwise perfect and hasn't consumed any oil yet.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Seems rather pricey for a bike service, which is essentially just changing the oil, adjusting chain tension (if required) and checking the bolts are done up. But being a Ducati, i suppose that's just the cost of it. I get around 180 miles to tank if riding sensibly. I managed to munch through 3/4 tank of fuel the other day on a spirited hours ride. But it's totally worth it.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Subjective, I'm sure, but having the touring pack just makes sense. The centre stand is a must for maintenance and storage. It's a lot of weight on the rear wheel if it's stored on it for a long time. Panniers are massively useful as i'm always stuffing it full of work gear, clothes for when i'm not riding and shopping. Heated grips.....i think it's just nice to have them. Maybe not necessary, but as i have only summer gloves at the moment, it's a welcome accessory. One thing i may look into is a spoiler for the screen, to aid cleaner air over my head. I have had to buy race earplugs to kill the wind noise.
4 out of 5

A great Multi purpose bike if you can only have one

14 March 2017 by GuzziGeezer

580 miles in 3 days. All on "B" roads except for 20 miles on M6 Best "All rounder" I've had. Owned Tracer 900, Tiger XCA , Explorer XRT, MT10 Pros Comfort Weight Tank range Handling Luggage capacity V twin "Feel" Fuel consumption avg 56MPG spirited touring Build quality Cons Stupidly short front mudguard for a touring/adventure bike (there's a hugger on the rear). Front end dive if braking harshly I find it almost impossible to get my foot on rear brake pedal Dangerously slippery small footrests - smooth rubber surface Ducati dealer to adjust drive chain (as written in OM) - wtf? Got to wait two weeks to get first service done - so now can't use

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
So far excelent but still running in.
Engine
4 out of 5
low down torque, good economy for touring. Ample "Real Road" usable power
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Quality seems good, too soon for reliability
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
9000 miles between services and 18000 miles for valves and belts. Not mega powerfull so tyres should last OK.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Tank range
Buying experience

Nice and easy. Had to pay full list price as new model but got fair trade in.

4 out of 5

Great all rounder - Enough to Enjoy and keep your license

11 March 2017 by GuzziGeezer

I've had an MT-10 (too small a tank and too license threatening) MT-09 Tracer very good but gets a bit ragged when pushing on. Tiger 800 XCA too bland didn't like the handling Explorer XRt - way too heavy and too many gadgets. Been looking for an all rounder - Fingers crossed I think I've found it. Still running in but very impressed so far.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes great. Front springs a little soft initialy when largeing it up but very comfortable. Good weather protection. 200 miles yesterday around the Lakes -Honister pass and Hartside included in Fog,rain, floods and sunshine. Good in side winds. Very secure feeling ride, TC not intrusive but works fine. I can only keep one bike on the road these days and I think this one is a keeper. Had my LeMans for 32 years and tried dozens of bikes as well. I think this one is a "Goldilocks" bike. - Just right
Engine
4 out of 5
Not run in but can feel it's going to be fine. Not a "sports" engine but plenty of torque for everyday roads.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only done 200 miles so can only rate on quality of build.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
9000 miles between services. Belts and valve clerances at 18000. 47 MPGand only 113BHP so tyres should last OK Considering it's 25% cheaper than a basic 1200 pretty good value I would say.(For a Ducati)
Equipment
4 out of 5
Only missing cruise as far as I'm concerned. Extras are"Furking" expensive. I thought Triumph were bad. The "Urban" pack is basicly a givi 41 litre monokey top box and st602 tank bag with usb connectors nearly £800 quid - strewth!!! Not available yet but heated grips are around £250-00
Buying experience

J&L Motorcycles - Carlisle Got a reasonable trade in price. I probably could have haggled more on anything but a brand new model - I wanted it - it was shiny

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