DUCATI DOUBLES UP
Multistrada’s fit for two
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’
Ôthe electronically adjustable preload is an incredibly useful feature for pillion useõ Have you ever seen a more relaxed pillion?