‘Getting ready to get rough’
REPORT 1 1547 MILES Multistrada 950 will soon be ready for anything
Now if this bike hasn’t got the word ‘versatility’ written all over it, I don’t know what does. Not only that, it looks fast when parked, its styling just eggs me on to get on it and go for a ride.
I rode its ugly older brother nearly 10 years ago – one of the early Multistrada 1100s models – and absolutely fell in love with the whole Multistrada concept. I can’t get enough of the big wide bars, high-up riding position, its supreme comfort and amazing performance.
All this time later I am living the dream with the new Ducati Multistrada 950. Even though the engine size is down by 141cc it actually produces 18 more horses than the 1100 and is only down by 4ftlb of torque.
They may both be comparable on paper, but there is absolutely no resemblance whatsoever then it comes to the looks department. Ducati drop the odd clanger in the styling department, but to be honest they are very few and far between.
I have also had the pleasure of riding the Mutistrada 1200 Enduro during a trip to Italy where I took part in the Ducati rider experience Enduro (www. dre.ducati.it/enduro/en/). This was where I discovered just how good these bikes really are and how competent they are off-road.
With this knowledge, it’s spurred me on to kit the 950 Multistrada out with some of the Enduro optional extras available from Ducati. I have a pair of tubeless spoke rim wheels shod with a pair of Pirelli Scorpion STR tyres ready to slot in (£1700 in total), an engine cover plate and side tank protectors in steel tubing incorporating a pair of additional LED headlamps.
The bike comes as standard with four riding modes, Sport, Touring, Urban and the key one for me is Enduro. This mode is very slow and torquey, delivering a maximum of 75bhp, just the job for off road. Touring is perfect for taking the other half out for a spin as the fly-by-wire throttle delivers the power in a much more progressive manner, offering up a smooth and comfortable ride. But my favorite is sport mode – it really brings the bike to life.
So far, I have only ridden the bike on road as I am still getting some protection together for the bike, (see separate story). Once the bike is fully armour-plated, I am looking forward to having a play-off road and see how the Pirelli Scorpion STR tyres perform when things get a little slippy.
I also plan to kit the Multistrda up with some luggage and get away for the odd weekend. Then I will find out how it performs and how comfortable it is two-up with a bit of kit on board. So it looks like I will be in the garage a fair bit for now bolting on the goodies.
‘Once the bike is fully armourplated, I am looking forward to having a play off-road’