New 950 is Du­cati’s most ac­ces­si­ble Mul­tistrada yet

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The Mul­tistrada family may al­ready have a top-end ad­ven­ture-sports bike for most tastes, rang­ing from the su­perb Pikes Peak through to the off-road fo­cused En­duro, but this is the one we’ve been wait­ing for with great an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Meet the Mul­tistrada 950, a smaller ca­pac­ity of­fer­ing that opens up the range to rid­ers who may be put off by the scale of the 1200s. Re­tain­ing the trade­mark de­sign and chas­sis ge­om­e­try, the 950 is slightly lighter than the 1200, and has an 840mm seat height.

Up front it wears a 19in light al­loy front wheel that will work with pure road tyres, or can of­fer more flex­i­bil­ity on and off road with dual-pur­pose rub­ber fit­ted. The tyre size is a 120/70 19, while prop­ping up the other end is a 170/60 17 which will of­fer an equally ver­sa­tile blend of nim­ble road han­dling and dual-pur­pose flex­i­bil­ity. The 950

comes on Pirelli Scor­pion Trail II tyres.

The en­gine is Du­cati’s sweet 937cc Tes­tas­tretta, and de­liv­ers a claimed 113bhp at 9000rpm, and 71ftlb of torque at 7750rpm – a com­bi­na­tion that should make the 950 feel like a lively ride with­out ever turn­ing threat­en­ing. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 9000 miles or 12 months, with valve clear­ance in­spec­tion ev­ery 18,000 miles.

There are four rid­ing modes (Tour­ing, Sport, Ur­ban and En­duro), and the new Mul­tistrada also gets the Du­cati Safety Pack, which in­cludes eightlevel trac­tion con­trol. The sys­tem ap­plies dif­fer­ent in­ter­ven­tion lev­els de­pend­ing on the mode, and own­ers can per­son­alise the set­tings too.

The LCD dash shows speed, rpm, to­tal dis­tance rid­den, se­lected gear, two trip me­ters, en­gine coolant tem­per­a­ture, fuel level and a clock. It also shows rid­ing mode information, miles re­main­ing, real-time fuel con­sump­tion, av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion, av­er­age speed, air tem­per­a­ture, travel time and road ice warn­ing.

The fork is a 48mm in­verted unit, and offers ad­justable spring preload as well as com­pres­sion and re­bound damp­ing. At the rear, a Sachs shock con­nects the swingarm to the left sub­frame: again, spring preload is ad­justable (via a knob-op­er­ated hy­draulic ad­juster), as is com­pres­sion and re­bound damp­ing.

Brak­ing is de­liv­ered by Brembo M4.32 monobloc ra­dial calipers and dual 320mm discs up front, matched to a 265mm disc and float­ing Brembo caliper at the rear – all ABS en­abled. The Bosch 9.1 MP ABS con­trol unit al­lows three-lev­els of in­ter­ven­tion, in­clud­ing a mode for off-road use.

The new 950 will ar­rive in two guises, with the stan­dard bike ex­pected to cost around £11,295, and a Tour­ing Pack ver­sion around £12,295

– all to be con­firmed.

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