Mul­tistrada set to shrink?

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A new, smaller ver­sion of the Du­cati Mul­tistrada has been spot­ted test­ing on the roads in Italy. The grainy photos were re­port­edly snapped by an Ital­ian mo­torist, and al­though not great qual­ity, we can make out a few de­tails that point very strongly to­wards this be­ing a smaller ca­pac­ity ver­sion of the firm’s mas­sively pop­u­lar ad­ven­ture sports­bike, the Mul­tistrada 1200.

While the over­all sil­hou­ette ap­pears to be recog­nis­able, there are key give­ways that this is not yet an­other ver­sion of the 1200. The most telling is that the en­gine ap­pears to be the liq­uid-cooled 937cc V-twin en­gine that pow­ers the Hyper­strada 939. This im­pres­sion gains fur­ther mo­men­tum when you spot the cleary vis­i­ble dou­ble-sided swingarm. This is en­tirely in-keep­ing with Du­cati’s phi­los­o­phy of fit­ting their smaller ca­pac­ity, sec­ond-tier bikes with dou­ble-sided items, while the flag­ship mod­els con­tinue to get the firm’s trade­mark sin­gle-sided swingarms. The main chas­sis ap­pears to be very to sim­i­lar to that of the cur­rent Mul­tistrada, while the over­all scale of the test mule also ap­pears to be re­duced com­pared to the 1200.

In one shot the dash is rea­son­ably clearly vis­i­ble, and ap­pears to con­firm the bike will use the same flat dash fit­ted to the 1200 – while it’s im­pos­si­ble to de­tect whether it’s a full-colour TFT dash or a mono LCD ver­sion. The ex­haust is also clearly dif­fer­ent, and more closely mir­rors that fit­ted to the Hyper­starda 939 than the Mul­tistrada 1200, while there’s also a cen­tre­stand vis­i­ble nestling be­neath the rider.

This new Mul­tistrada isn’t ex­pected to be un­veiled at Oc­to­ber’s Cologne show, but it could be un­veiled as son as Mi­lan’s EICMA show in early Novem­ber.

Dou­ble-sided swingarm marks this out as some­thing dif­fer­ent to the cur­rent 1200

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