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’