DU­CATI DOU­BLES UP

Mul­tistrada’s fit for two

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Du­cati’s Mul­tistrada En­duro is a pil­lion-car­ry­ing beast. Throw some­one on the back seat and you’ll soon for­get they’re there, es­pe­cially with the as­sis­tance of the ad­justable throt­tle maps and elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable preload.

Flick­ing into ei­ther ‘Tour­ing’ or ‘Ur­ban’ mode will mean a smoother power de­liv­ery and softer sus­pen­sion. The elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable preload is an in­cred­i­bly use­ful fea­ture for pil­lion use, as well as when rid­ing with lug­gage. Hold down the menu but­ton to bring up the pre-set preload set­tings. They in­clude: rider only, rider + lug­gage, rider + pil­lion and rider + pil­lion + lug­gage. Make your choice and the bike au­to­mat­i­cally stiff­ens up its rear to com­pen­sate for the ad­di­tional load.

The only down­side for my pil­lions is a large dif­fer­ence in seat height be­tween rider and pil­lion, thanks to my low-seat option (£191.10), which is 25mm lower than stan­dard. This means the pil­lion’s head sits rel­a­tively high, and re­ceives a bit of wind tur­bu­lence. But it is a com­mand­ing seat po­si­tion, and for those who don’t like star­ing at the back of a hel­met for hours on end, it of­fers a fan­tas­tic view.

The down­side for the rider is the Multi’s height. Un­less you’re a six­footer, hold­ing the bike up­right as your pil­lion gets on and off is a pain. An easy fix is to sim­ply leave it on its side­stand, let the pil­lion jump on and then heave the bike up­right. And when stop­ping just rest the bike on its side­stand be­fore let­ting the pil­lion off.

Once they’re on, the seat it­self is very com­fort­able, but Du­cati also of­fer an ex­tra-com­fort­able pil­lion seat option. The pegs are thick, rub­berised and low down, al­low­ing even the long­est legs to feel re­laxed.

The top­box dou­bles as a back rest, which negates the need for hold­ing on. Du­cati also sup­ply a pur­pose-made cush­ion for the top­box for pil­lions to lean back on (£52.31). If you take the top­box off, you’re left with chunky grab rails. Not that the pil­lion would re­ally need them as the Multi is so in­cred­i­bly smooth, mak­ing it a fan­tas­tic pil­lion­car­ry­ing ma­chine.

‘The Multi is so in­cred­i­bly smooth, mak­ing it a fan­tas­tic pil­lion car­rier’

5962 MILES

Ôthe elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable preload is an in­cred­i­bly use­ful fea­ture for pil­lion useõ Have you ever seen a more re­laxed pil­lion?

Se­lect the Mul­tistrada’s two-up mode and you’re set for pil­lion du­ties

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