Design And Looks: Upfront the Multistrada 950 is a tall, by tall I mean a really tall motorcycle with the twin split headlamps and a huge adjustable wind blaster. The Indicators clear, long, broad and are beautifully integrated. The side profile of the motorcycle looks neat and elegant. Coming to the rear section, the split tail lamps look not very modern but decent in its own way. Ducati has designed this motorcycle in such a way that the rider enjoys long tours and the adventures off roads. The Multistrada features a shell-cast aluminum double sided swing arm.
Features: Ducati has managed to provide hell a lot of features for the Multistrada, the motorcycle gets an LCD light adaptive display, that displays the odometer, speedometer, tachometer, a clock, fuel level indicator, gear shift indicator, trip meters, travel time, ice warning, real-time fuel economy, and so much more on the go. The motorcycle gets a Ride by Wire, Slipper Clutch, ABS, Traction Control, Sports Mode, Touring mode, Urban mode, and Enduro mode. The DSP- Ducati Safety Pack helps in controlling the traction and ABS controls. The power reduces by 60% in the Urban mode. The Multistrada also gets a dedicated button for hazard lights.
Engine And Specifications: The Ducati Multistrada 950 is powered by a Testatretta 973cc twin cylinder engine that produces 113BHP at 11,000 RPM and a peak torque of 96.2 Nm at 7,750 RPM. The compression ration is 12.6:1 and has a stroke and bore measurements of 94mm and 64.5mm respectively. The engine is liquid cooled. The exhaust system has two manifolds that merge into a single two-chamber silencer. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox where the first gear is tall and the rest remain shorter than the first. The Ducati Multistrada weighs 205.7 kgs dry and has a fuel tank capacity of 20 liters. The wheelbase of the motorcycle is 1594mm with a seat height of 840mm.
Braking And Suspension: The new Ducati Multistrada 950 gets a 120/70 R19 wheel setup on the front and 170/70 R17 on the rear sourced by Pirelli. The Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires will sport well for off roads and regular road conditions. The motorcycle gets 320mm double disc in the front and 265mm disc in the rear. The motorcycle gets a Bosch ABS system. The Multistrada features a Brembo M4.32 monobloc radial calipers with four 32mm diameter pistons and two brake pads. The Multistrada gets a KYB USD fork up front and an adjustable Sachs suspension in the rear end. Both front and rear wheels have a suspension travel of 170mm. Final Impressions:
Competing against the Triumph Tiger XR, the Multistrada 950 has one tight competition. In India the Triumph Tiger XR is one of the most loved off-road motorcycles let us wait and see if the Ducati Multistrada 950 can dethrone the Triumph Tiger from the hearts of the enthusiasts of our nation.
By: Rishath Suresh