The Ducati Multistrada has been redefining biking since 2002, combining sportsbike power and cutting-edge rider aids in a do-it-all package. In that time there have also been S-versions, the Pikes Peak and Enduro with the 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro the cleverest, lightest version yet.
But if you’re not going to get muddy and haven’t got £17,000 there are plenty of less extreme Multis out there, starting from around £3000.
- Engine: 1262cc
- Power: 156bhp
- This one: £11,800 - 534 miles
The base Multistrada 1260 model is anything but basic. You still get riding and power modes, cornering ABS and traction control, plus Ducati’s amazing Skyhook suspension that adapts automatically to the riding surface, whatever it may be.
Low-mileage used examples like this one can be found from around £12,000, which is still a lot of money, but you get an awful lot of bike.
- Engine: 937cc
- Power: 113bhp
- This one: £9850 - 1074 miles
As an alternative, entry-level Multistrada, the 950 uses an engine borrowed from the Ducati 939 Hypermotard and strips back some of the gadgetry of the full-fat 1200 (which was the large-capacity option at the time).
You still get four rider modes and the 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 brakes at both ends.
- Engine: 1198cc
- Power: 160bhp
- This one: £11,495 - 6627 miles
Ducati moved away from road-biased elegance with the 1200 Enduro, which received the ‘Tonka Toy’ treatment in 2016 to rival the BMW R1200GS, KTM 1190 Adventure and Triumph Explorer as a genuine off-road prospect.
The Enduro uses a 160bhp version of the 1198cc Testastretta engine with Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) and switchable engine mapping. The keyless unit has been known to lock you out so make sure it’s all in proper working order before you buy one.
- Engine: 1198cc
- Power: 150bhp
- This one: £5495 - 24,966 miles
The base model Multistrada 1200 gets manually adjustable Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock as opposed to the Ohlins units on the ‘S’ model up to the end of 2012 and Skyhook system thereafter.
Despite the more basic suspension set-up, the bike handles more than well enough for UK roads and you still get that awesome 1198cc engine. Used examples like this one are a much more affordable way to own a Multistrada. A seizing exhaust valve can cause surging in used models so go for a test ride.
Ducati Multistrada 1000DS
- Engine: 992cc
- Power: 85bhp
- This one: £2890 - 16,289 miles (online auction site)
The Multistrada that started it all had Marmite styling and the performance was limited by the air-cooled two-valve motor. The Multistrada was designed with a very specific design brief; to be the perfect bike for the Futa Pass that runs between Bologna and Florence in Italy.
As such, the off-road credentials of the later models are entirely absent. The Multistrada 1000DS represented a new direction for exotic sportsbike manufacturer, Ducati and cemented itself into the brand’s line-up. Watch out for a corroded connector block between the alternator and rectifier on used models.