Finally the much rumoured Multistrada 950 broke cover today at the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show.
Whilst the the star of the show was no doubt the €80,000 1299 Panigale Superleggera, the “baby” Multistrada 950 drew an equal number of glances.
In fact, this new member of the MTS family could well be Ducati’s best seller yet. It may be smaller than it’s 1200 big brother but the new machine will surely appeal to a far wider market in this popular ADV-Sport class.
…the new machine will surely appeal to a far wider market in this popular ADV-Sport class
From a design perspective, the new Multistrada 950 looks more or less similar in looks to the Multistrada 1200. However, many riders have found the larger machine almost overwhelming in some ways, cost being one of the negative factors. Consequently the smaller 950 is likely to be more affordable and consequently appeal to a greater range of riders.
The 937cc Testastretta power plant produces 113bhp at 9,000rpm and just over 96Nm of torque at 7750rpm. Its the same engine found in the Hypermotard 939 and the new-for-2017 SuperSport models. Drive comes from a fairly traditional 6 speed transmission with a mechanically operated slipper clutch that’s cable actuated. Final drive is via chain.
Pitched as a more affordable version of the Multistrada, the downside is that the 950 foregoes some of the more advanced techno goodies found on the 1200, such as DVT, DSS, cornering ABS, and Ducati Wheelie Control. It will be interesting to see if these appear in the future on a more expensive incarnation.
Dry weight is only slightly lower than it’s big brother, coming in at 226kg, thats just 5 kg lighter.
At the time of writing we understand the base price to be around the $14,000 price point in the US, namely $13,995 in Red and $14,195 in White.