WHAT ABOUT RIDING THEM OFF ROAD?
With standard fitment road tyres on all bikes our time off-road was limited to hard-pack fire tracks, but it still gave us the chance to play around with suspension and electronics while assessing the riding position when standing on the pegs.
The KTM, with its racing and off-road DNA, felt the best. Good riding position, planted and the faster you went the better it got. The BMW felt big, soft, but ultimately competent and responded well when the rider stood up.
The Ducati is a road bike and was immediately out of its comfort zone. Its 17in front made it skittish on the loose terrain and it’s clear that having a rider standing up on the pegs was never in the design brief.
‘The KTM was best – planted and better the faster you went’
The Multistrada struggled off road The KTM was most at home on dirt
The BMW was stable and capable