Du­cati

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

The En­duro is an­other tall bike, but the seat is only 5mm higher than a stan­dard Mul­tistrada’s. Its wide bars and 30-litre fuel tank are a con­stant re­minder of the bike’s size, though its di­men­sions aren’t as in­tim­i­dat­ing as the KTM or the hefty BMW, largely be­cause you sit in it.

You’d never guess the En­duro’s stun­ning en­gine has vari­able valve tim­ing (DVT) – it’s smooth and fast, yet not ag­gres­sive like the KTM. It may not have the peak power of the Aus­trian ma­chine but the fu­elling is near-per­fect – even more so in the soft Ur­ban and En­duro rid­ing modes.

The han­dling is very nat­u­ral for a large ad­ven­ture bike as the En­duro turns with ease. You can feel the Sachs semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion work­ing to iron flat the road and re­act to dif­fer­ent rid­ing styles. You can lean the Mul­tistrada over with con­fi­dence, all the while feel­ing a clear con­nec­tion with the con­tact patch from ei­ther end via the Pirelli Scor­pion Trail II tyres. And we all loved the way the change­able rid­ing modes en­able you to per­son­alise the bike to the con­di­tions and match your style or mood.

The clocks are hard to read (there’s too much in­for­ma­tion) and it misses the up and down quick-shifter of the KTM. But over­all the En­duro is fan­tas­ti­cally ac­com­plished. It can al­most match the sub­lime com­fort of the BMW, is nearly on par with the KTM off-road and, in Ur­ban mode, is just about as user-friendly as the Honda. The Du­cati scores highly across the board.

‘The Du­cati scores highly across the board’

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