Multistrada set to shrink?
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.