MCN Fleet: How versatile is Ducati's Multistrada 950?

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I’m really looking forward to my time with the Ducati Multistrada 950. Some people baulk at the idea of the model with the smaller engine, saying it won’t live up to its big brother’s level of competency. But I have found over the years that smaller capacity engines can be much sweeter, often thanks to less metal flying up and down on every stroke. Normally a slightly lighter crank can make all the difference, helping little brother rev out quicker. Bigger isn’t always better

The thing I want to find out the most is ‘how versatile is it really?’ Does it live up to its name the ‘multi road’? I have put in an order for a second set of spoke wheels and a pair of Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres to facilitate quick changes from on road to off road with minimal effort, just a few spanners and a couple bike stands.


Having ridden the 1200 Multistrada Enduro over a long weekend in Italy, up in the Tuscan hills, I soon discovered what an amazingly competent bit of off road kit the Multitrada Enduro really is, especially after some expert training with the Ducati Rider Experience Enduro course (I would highly recommend this).

I look forward to seeing if the 950 Multistrada can cope with a track day in the morning and a spot green laning in the afternoon and anything else that I can throw at it. There will also be the day-to -day tasks of commuting, a spot of touring during the year both one up and two-up. All this with the aid of Ducati’s aftermarket accessories catalogue, with so many options available I think this could be a very exciting year, Can’t wait for it to arrive!


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Simon Relph

By Simon Relph

MCN Senior Designer - loves bikes old and new, from building them to riding them on and off road