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
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
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