Ducati's Multistrada 1200 has been a huge success. In the UK it's Ducati's second biggest seller, nestling in just behind the Scrambler. The 1200 family comprises five models, starting at £13,795 for the base model, and ranging up to the top-spec Pikes Peak at £19,995.
But now Ducati have launched a new addition, using a smaller engine, and opening up a new segment of the market, with the Multistrada 950.
The 950 may be a new model - but it's not the first time there's been a smaller-capacity Multistrada. Remember the Multistrada 620? No, most people don't, it wasn't a rampant success - but if our first ride is anything to go by there are no such worries this time.
The spec is impressive. Ducati have kept their unique Ducati Safety Pack that includes three-level ABS and eight-level traction control. 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 settings.
The new 950 really is a 1200 clone, only cutting a little off its most expensive corner, and using a 937cc Testastretta in place of the bigger bike's thumping 1198cc DVT unit.
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