ADVENTURE FOR ALL
New 950 is Ducati’s most accessible Multistrada yet
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.