When you have a big sister stuffed with watts, equipped with equipment escaped from NASA and cut to disembowel all types of roads, you look at her with admiration … and you are furious that you don’t have so many. The 950 Multistrada is however as interesting as the 1260, in a less thunderous register.
We don’t all need the power of a sports car to take a trail. With its 113 horsepower twin as well as a more touring-oriented part-cycle, the 950 is opening up to a wider public, who will not have to manage an excessive passion..
The refinement it gets with this S version follows. The big plus is the adoption of the Skyhook Evo semi-active suspension. By taking into account data from several accelerometers, ABS sensors and the new I.M.U inertial unit, the system constantly adapts the damping. The 4 driving modes and the adjustment of the load (pilot alone, pilot with luggage, pilot with passenger or pilot with passenger and luggage) allow you to create a dynamic à la carte. Which can be adjusted with finesse, because you can get more into the system by fine-tuning the front and rear. The manufacturer announces a total of 400 combinations of parameters. Except that in the end, 95% of users will leave the electronics to work alone once the discovery stage has passed. Like these ovens which have 80 cooking modes, while we are going to use 3 daily. But we always have this feeling of being able to push our investigations as needed or as we want.
Highly technological suspensions in the main course, that’s appreciable, Miss Multistrada. A dessert would delicately finish the appetizer before hitting the road. Precisely, the subject makes it possible to appreciate the surplus of equipment when one is called S. Here, it will be backlit controls, a keyless starting system, an Up shifter.& Down, cruise control, LED headlights with DCL function to light up the bends according to the angle taken by the bike, a high-resolution color TFT screen (identical to that of the Multistrada 1260 S and Enduro) and the possibility of taking optional spoked rims, allowing a few excursions off asphalt. Heated grips too? Not yet. Optionally, for a 16 bar grinding wheel, it is medium. A dubious choice, which Ducati is far from being the only one to perpetuate.
Come on, we’re going to pass the pill with what else is in staffing, shared with the standard 950.
What do we find? An adjustable windscreen, VHC hill start aid, ABS cornering, traction control, self-extinguishing indicators, 4 driving modes, lightened rims, two 12V sockets, a USB port, a more flexible hydraulic clutch control, and that very Italian attitude. A character and a plastic that we show, that we cultivate, that we impose with the gesture.
Here, not the same weight – The S weighs 3 kilos more. Negligible: with the power of the twin cylinder and almost 10 mkg of torque, this is not what will change the conduct.
Less powerful but with equipment frankly similar to the 1260 S, the new 950 S Multistrada comes with a much lower price. What to afford a good dose of premium Ducati in trail sauce. The ticket for a trail "mid-size" is still quite strong. By widening the visual field, we perceive that the competition is much more affordable; even a Tiger 800 XRt seems reasonable on the side. You have to go look at MV-Agusta to find more expensive. This gives us a pretty good measure of the positioning of this MTS 950 S.
The brand invites without restraint not to put away the wallet right away. Does a usage theme appeal to you? Make a choice; anyway, the banker is going to yell…
– Touring package: saddlebags, heated grips, center stand
– Sport package: Ducati Performance silencer by Termignoni homologated, polished aluminum water pump cover, LED indicators.
– Urban Pack: top case, Tanklock tank bags, additional USB port
– Enduro package: additional LED lights, engine protection bars, aluminum radiator guard, aluminum crankcase guard, steel footrests.
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medium: 5.50 l
sup 200 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 950 Multistrada S 2019
- Tank: 20 liters
- Wheelbase: 1,594 mm
- Dry weight: 207 kg
- Weight in running order: 230 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(94 x 67.5 mm)
at 9000 rpm
at 7,750 rpm