Du ca ti multi st rad a 950

937cc | 205kg | 113bhp | 840mm Cash price £11,335 De­posit £2540.53 Mileage 5000pa Rate 6% APR Op­tional fi­nal pay­ment £6227

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Adventure Sport -

Du­cati’s Mul­tistrada 1200 has been a huge suc­cess, and now Du­cati have launched a new ad­di­tion to the range, in the shape of this 950, us­ing the 937cc Tes­tas­tretta en­gine, and open­ing up a new seg­ment of the market. The spec is im­pres­sive, too.

The sus­pen­sion is fully ad­justable, but it doesn’t have the Sky­hook semi­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy of the 1200 S. The 48mm KYB fork is very sim­i­lar to the stan­dard 1200’s, but with re­vised in­ter­nals, while the side-mounted, fully ad­justable rear shock doesn’t use a link­age. Trac­tion con­trol comes as stan­dard, but with­out an IMU, so it’s not lean an­gle sen­si­tive. Like­wise, there’s multi-mode ABS as stan­dard, but it’s not the top­spec cor­ner­ing ABS fea­tured on its sib­ling. The rear wheel has re­duced in sec­tion and in­creased in pro­file from a 190/55 R17 to a 170/60 R17, and the 950’s front wheel is a 120/ 70 R19 in­stead of a 120/ 70 R17. Du­cati have kept their unique Du­cati Safety Pack that in­cludes three-level ABS and eight-level trac­tion con­trol. There are four rider modes – Sports, Tour­ing, Ur­ban and En­duro – which au­to­mat­i­cally change the power and en­gine char­ac­ter­is­tics along with the ABS and trac­tion con­trol. The new 950 re­ally is a 1200 clone, only cut­ting a lit­tle off its most ex­pen­sive cor­ners, and us­ing a 937cc Tes­tas­tretta in place of the big­ger bike’s 1198cc DVT unit.

With so many shared com­po­nents it should come as no sur­prise that the 950 feels like the 1200 once you’ve thumbed the starter and pulled away. The com­fort lev­els are iden­ti­cal to its big­ger brother, and the 20-litre fuel tank and fru­gal 950 mo­tor should mean even longer in the sad­dle be­tween fuel stops. The sus­pen­sion is set on the com­fort­ably soft side straight out of the fac­tory – ideal for tour­ing rather than thrash­ing. The dash is neat and in­for­ma­tive and it’s easy to scroll through modes. It’s such a well-rounded pack­age that you have to start ques­tion­ing why any­one would opt for the pricier and more im­pos­ing 1200.

It’s not as thrilling as the 1200, but it’s more than suf­fi­cient for fast over­takes and high speed tour­ing, even two-up, fully loaded.

Get the sus­pen­sion set-up right, fill the tank, and go ex­plor­ing.

The 950 is also avail­able in glo­ri­ous red

HOT PICK Af­ter years with­out a baby Mul­tistrada, we fi­nally have one again – and it’s bril­liant. It may even be bet­ter than the 1200 for most rid­ers. Op­tional pan­niers add ver­sa­til­ity One-handed op­er­a­tion screen ad­juster sits above su­perb LCD dash £109 (x36) PER MONTH

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