The Multistrada 1200 now has a sibling, the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950, which was launched at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Carrying a 937 cc Testastretta 11 V-twin engine with 113 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96.2 Nm at 7,750 rpm, this new Multistrada takes firm aim at the 2016 KTM 1050 Adventure.
Drawing on the DNA of the Multistrada 1200, the 2017 Multistrada 950 is lighter than its big sister, and has a lower 840 mm seat height, with 820 and 860 mm seats available as options. Suspension travel is a suitably long 170 mm front and rear, and suspension duties are done with Kayaba forks and Sachs rear shock.
Coming standard with the Ducati Safety Pack that includes Bosch 9.1 MP ABS with three settings, the Multistrada 950 also has four riding modes – Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro – as well as eight-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC). Riders also have the option of user customised traction modes, which can be combined with the ride modes.
Fuel is carried in a 20-litre tank, and all LED is used at both ends of the Multistrada 950. The new frame and rear sub-frame is designed to give the Multistrada a slimmer profile in the middle, combined with the seat taken from the Multistrada 1200 Enduro.
There are two colour options available – Ducati Red or Star White Silk, with the frame in Racing Grey. Four personalisation packages are on offer. These are the Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro packs, which can be combined to give the rider the exact 2017 Multistrada 950 that they desire. - Paultan