As part of their safety roadmap, Ducati have updated the Multistrada 950 with a handful of new safety aids, as well as some styling updates and a fancy new S version.
The biggest change for the 950 is that it now comes with a 6-axis Bosch IMU, which brings with it Cornering ABS and Vehicle Hold Control (for easier hill starts) and self-cancelling indicators.
The 937cc Testastretta is mostly unchanged, sticking at 111bhp but it now comes with a self-servo hydraulic slipper clutch, lightening the lever action. The styling has had a small update too, to include the ‘wings’ from the bigger Ducati Multistrada 1260, while both the swingarm and wheels have been lightened for a spritelier ride. There’s also the option of an S model for the first time too.
Stumping up the extra £1600 primarily nets you electronic suspension in the form of Ducati’s Skyhook but the S also comes with a bi-directional quickshifter, cornering lights, full LED headlight, 5” full-colour TFT dash, cruise control and backlight switchgear.
Both bikes pair with Ducati’s Bluetooth multimedia system but the dash in the S model gives you full, hands-free control. No surprise but with the S model the base is just the beginning, with optional packs including Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro.
- Engine – 937cc v-twin
- Performance – 111bhp / 70.8 ftlbs
- Weight – 227/230 kg
- Seat height – 840mm
- Price – £11,755 / From £13,355 (S)