WE’RE well into the motorbike launch season and just before Christmas we went to Fuerteventura to take the new Ducati Multistrada 950 for a spin.
Ducati says it is more accessible, versatile and easier to ride with handling that belies its weight and size.
The 937cc Testastretta engine puts out a capable 113bhp. The chassis is the same as the 1200 but the geometry is more similar to the off-road Enduro version with its 19in front wheel.
At this price point comes a standard electronics system and Ducati safety package: three levels of ABS, eight levels of traction control and four rider modes.
Urban and Enduro reduce output to about 70bhp but we found ourselves mostly in Sport, with full access to the power and minimal assistance, which was a blast on the winding roads.
There’s not really enough suspension travel for true off-road but if you have the confidence and the right tyres, it should handle itself on the more minor stuff.
For most riders this will be an everyday and a touring bike and in that it excels.
The rear grab rail taken from the Enduro gives a greater range of luggage options and the four accessory packages can shape the bike to your needs.
A nice reduced seat height of 814mm keeps feet planted, but is adjustable by 20mm up or down with optional extras.
On our ride, the initial set-up was a little soft, but the fully adjustable front and rear suspension with remote pre-load at the rear meant a quick adjustment to the compression and it was braking and leaning in with confidence.
The Multistrada 950 is aimed at riders who want a less intimidating package than the 1200. The new 950 may start at £10,995 – £2,300 cheaper than the 1200 – but it more than rivals its big brother.