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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

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