We all know that Ducati is one such motorcycle maker which makes machines straight from the heart. Each and every motorcycle in the stable of Ducati speaks of some purpose which is beautifully blended with the pinch of hardcore passion. One such revolutionary step was taken by Ducati when it first previewed the Multistrada in front of the world. Out of all the motorcycles from Ducati, the Multistrada proved out to be the most practical motorcycle which still doesn’t miss out on the specific Ducati principles.

However, the current generation Multistrada 1200 is a bit intimidating and out-of-reach for a majority of buyers, due to its big 1200cc engine and large dimensions, especially for riders who are new to the big bike world. It seems that Ducati has understood this fact, which is why it has come up with the all-new Multistrada 950, the all-new model in the family of adventure motorcycles from Ducati.

Introduced as an entry level adventure motorcycle from Ducati, the Multistrada 950 is the most affordable and smallest motorcycle in Multistrada family, which is aimed at those riders who are new to two wheeler adventure motoring. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all-new Ducati Multistrada 950:-

STYLING

By the looks of it, the new Multistrada 950 is every bit a Multistrada, as it bears a lot of family resemblance from its elder 1200cc siblings like the Multistrada S and Multistrada Enduro. From the front face of the rear stance, the Multistrada 950 has a lot of going for it, thus following the lineage which company had framed for the Multistrada family.

At the front, the new Multistrada 950 gets the same face as the big Multistrada 1200, with the tear drop shaped twin headlamps engulfed in a curvy V-shaped front fascia. However, it misses out on the full LED headlamps which the 1200cc version is blessed with. The design of the beak-shaped short fender positioned below the headlamps which stretch all the way from the fuel tank and end up in a nose-shaped dual air vent have been completely lifted off from the Multistrada 1200, thus making the front face look bigger than what it actually is. The front mudguard is designed differently from that of its elder sibling and looks bigger and lesser dramatic in comparison. The handlebar does get crash guards on both the sides ahead of palm grips and comes with integrated LED turn indicators in them. The rear view mirrors have been shared with the Multistrada 1200, however, the front transparent visor is a bit smaller in size as compared to that of the Multistrada 1200.

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From the sides, it gets the same big, curvaceous and heightened up fuel tank with large side fuel tank extension panels and black tank pads, which we have already seen on the bigger Multistrada 1200. It has the same tank capacity of 20 liters as well, giving it a much larger tank range in the competition. The large and comfortable split seats seem to have been shared with the Multistrada 1200, however, the Multistrada 950 misses out on the side body cowls and rear side body panels below the seats. The Multistrada 950 gets the same LED tail lamp, pannier mounts with pillion grab rails integrated on them and rear fender with LED turn indicators mounted on it. It misses out on the dual side exhausts and single sided swingarm of the Multistrada 1200 for a more conventional 2-into-1 side exhaust and double-sided swingarm. The design of alloy wheels is all new, though the engine belly pan has been lifted off from the Multistrada 1200.

The overall layout of the fully digital LCD instrument console has been inspired from that of the Multistrada 1200, however, it is smaller in size and is not a TFT colour display unit. Nevertheless, it still is a very comprehensive unit, which shows digital readouts for speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, gear indicator, average fuel consumption and selected riding mode. The switchgear and one-piece handlebar are the same as that on the Multistrada 1200.


Overall, the Multistrada 950, despite being one size smaller than its elder sibling, doesn’t miss out on the road presence and kit much, which makes it one of the most impression-making motorcycles in this segment.

Overall Dimension

Make Model2017 Ducati Multistrada 950Honda CRF1000L Africa TwinKawasaki Versys 1000 LT
Length2280mm2335mm2240mm
Width985mm875mm1026mm
Height1470mm1475mm1399mm
Wheelbase1594mm1575mm1518mm
Seat height840mm850mm840mm
Wet weight229kg228kg249kg

POWERTRAIN

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Sharing the powertrain combination with the Ducati Hypermotard 939, the Multistrada 950 has got the same four stroke, liquid cooled, Testastretta, L-twin, Desmodromic 937cc engine. However, for the Multistrada 950, the engine has been tuned for obtaining a better bottom end, which is why although the peak power output is the same as Hypermotard, at 113 bhp, the peak torque output is rated more here at 96.2 Nm.

The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox, which is also the same as that of the Hypermotard 939 and has the same longer gear ratios to make the full use of the torque band, especially in mid range.

Engine Specification

Make Model2017 Ducati Multistrada 950Honda CRF1000L Africa TwinKawasaki Versys 1000 LT
Capacity cc9379981043
Bore/ Stroke mm94/67.592/75.177/56
Output113 bhp @ 9000 rpm94 Bhp @ 7,500rpm120 bhp (Est)
Torque96 Nm @ 7750 rpm98 Nm @ 6,000rpm102 Nm (Est)
TypeTestastretta, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Mono Spark, Desmodromic, liquid cooledLiquid-Cooled 4-Stroke 4 Valve-Per-Cylinder Parallel Twin With 270° Crank And Uni-Cam4-stroke, 4 cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled
Clutch typeWet multiplate clutch mechanically operated, self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-runWet, Multiplate With Coil Springs, Aluminium Cam Assist And Slipper ClutchWet- Multiplate with slipper assist
Transmission6-speed6-Speed MT / 6-Speed DCT6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

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All the versions of the Multistrada have been great comfortable tourers, and the same can be easily said about the Multistrada 950. Sitting on an all new steel tubular trellis frame, the Multistrada 950 receives KYB 48mm fully adjustable upside-down telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and a fully adjustable Sachs mono shock unit with aluminium double sided swingarm at the rear. The suspension has been tuned on a slightly softer side to take on the imperfections of the tarmac with ease and make the ride more comfortable than the usual roadsters.

The Multistrada 950 comes blessed with a 19-inch front wheel and a 17 inch rear wheel, both of which come wrapped with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres, which though are more suited for plush tarmac than the broken ones, still does the job of gliding over broken sections of roads sufficiently well. The only glitch for most of the riders, especially the shorter ones, is the high rider seat height of 840mm. For stopping duties, the Multistrada 950 comes fitted with a pair of 320mm disc brakes at the front and a single 265mm disc at the rear.

Although the Multistrada 950 is an entry level adventure tourer in Ducati’s family, it still comes equipped with adequate electronics, the list of which includes riding modes, power modes and Ducati Safety Pack, which in itself includes ABS and Traction Control.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model2017 Ducati Multistrada 950Honda CRF1000L Africa TwinKawasaki Versys 1000 LT
Suspension / FrontKYB 48 mm fully adjustable USD fork45mm Cartridge-Type Inverted Telescopic Fork With Dial-Style Preload Adjuster And DF Adjustment, 230mm StrokeKYB 43mm inverted front fork with adjustable rebound and preload
Suspension / RearFully adjustable Sachs mono shock unit. Remote spring preload adjustment. Aluminium double-sided swingarmMonoblock Cast Aluminium Swing Arm With Pro-Link With Gas-Charged Damper, Hydraulic Dial-Style Preload Adjuster And Rebound Damping Adjustment, 220 Mm Rear Wheel TravelHorizontal back-link shock with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload, remote preload adjuster
Brakes / Front2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad, with ABS as standard equipment310mm Dual Wave Floating Disc With Aluminium Hub And Radial Fit 4-Piston Callipers And Sintered Metal PadsDual 310mm petal rotors with four-piston callipers, ABS
Brakes / Rear265 mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper, with ABS as standard equipment256mm Wave Disc With 1-Piston Calliper And Sintered Metal Pads. Also, Lever-Lock Type Parking Brake System On DCT Model With Additional Slide Type 1-Piston CalliperSingle 250mm petal rotor with single-piston calliper, ABS
Tyres / Front120/70 R19 Pirelli Scorpion Trail II90/90-21 Tube Type120/70 R17
Tyres / Rear170/60 R17 Pirelli Scorpion Trail II150/70-18 Tube Type180/55 R17

PRICE

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Currently, Ducati has the entire 1200cc range of Multistrada on sale in the Indian market. Now, the Multistrada 950 is put on sale in the range of ? 12.6 lakh, ex-showroom, whick makes it a sweet deal.

Like all the versions of the Multistrada family, the Multistrada 950 will be brought to India through the CBU route only. The Multistrada 950, internationally, is on offer in two colour options – Ducati Red and Star White Silk, both of which will come to India as well.

COMPETITION

There is no competition to this Italian in terms of defining beauty. But when it comes to ride and built quality, there is no escaping the comparisons from the Japanese brothers. Talk about Honda or Kawasaki, they have been running the show for quite some time now and have produced the world’s finest. To give the Multistrada something to quirk about, the Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin and the Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT surfaces on the face of the Ducati.

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

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This motorcycle saw the ‘Africa’ nameplate has risen from the ashes and gives the Japanese Red a grand comeback into ADV. The designing follows the “unlimited adventure” theme and is styled with minimal bodywork offering maximum rider protection and slim, agile feel, all designed to increase rider control and movement.

The 998cc parallel twin engine is compact, lightweight and powerful with it making 94 bhp peak power @ 7,500rpm, and 98Nm torque @ 6,000rpm. This engine was built from the ground up and has been focused on having the optimum balance between power, torque, mass and physical dimension with mass centralisation and low centre of gravity, giving the rider a better handling dynamics. All this was made possible because of the brands learning graph in both HRC’s CRF250/450R Motocross and CRF450R Rally competition programs.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

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It was (and still is) the Kawasaki Versys 1000 which gave the Indian enthusiasts a much sportier essence of sportbikes in the adventure category, something which the hardcore ones from BMW and Triumph don’t do. The new Versys 1000 LT carries the same new sharp design philosophy from the standard Versys 1000, which is on the lines of the litre class Ninjas, the Ninja 1000 and Ninja ZX-10R.

Under the new snazzy skin, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT sources its life from the same inline-four, liquid cooled, 1043cc engine, which underpins the standard Versys 1000 and also powers the Ninja 1000 and Z1000. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, this inline four mill churns out 120 bhp of maximum power and 102Nm of maximum torque. The engine on the Versys 1000 LT has a linear power delivery with a punchy mid range and top end grunt, which gives it an excellent long-distance touring ability without missing on the adrenaline rush of a 1000cc powerhouse.

VERDICT


Though Ducati is known for making some really pricey motorcycles in the past, in recent times, however, the models of Multistrada range have shown that Ducati can offer sheer value for money options as well.

It is an interesting model to watch out for since it will be now the entry level model of the Multistrada family. But that doesn’t mean that it has lost out on all the pizzazz and attraction, as it still has got the same silhouette, shape and design as its elder siblings, thus scoring full marks in terms of design.

The Hypermotard sourced powertrain surely acts as a healthy heart for a motorcycle of this size, making it one of the most adequately powerful adventure tourers in this segment. And while it is not a full-blown model as the bigger Multistradas in terms of under-the-skin mechanicals and electronic riding aids, it is sufficiently equipped for a motorcycle of this category, making it every bit a premium motorcycle. So, if you are new to litre class adventure touring, the Multistrada 950 can surely be one perfect example to be your stepping stone to the world of adventure motoring on two wheels.