The Ducati Multistrada line is growing at this year’s EICMA show, with the debut of the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950. This “baby” Multistrada uses the 937cc engine that is found in the Hypermotard 939 and Ducati SuperSport, which makes 113hp and 71 lbs•ft of peak torque.
The design borrows bits and pieces from the current Multistrada 1200 and Multistrada 1200 Enduro, and it is designed to be a more affordable ADV model that will appeal to a wider range of riders.
As such, the Ducati Multistrada 950 has some versatility with the fitting of a 19″ front wheel, as well as a double-sided swingarm, to its street-focused chassis.
This allows the Ducati Multistrada 950 to come in four flavors with its accessory packs: Sport, Enduro, Touring, and Urban. Each pack includes accessory items fitting that application, like knobby tires, engine guards, luggage racks, hard bags, and more.
While the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 might be the smaller sibling in the family, don’t confuse the ADV bike as being too watered down, as it comes with fully adjustable suspension fore and aft, a 5.3 gallon for ample range, four riding modes via ride-by-wire, ABS, and traction control.
There are fewer whistles and bells compared to its Multistrada 1200 siblings though, but this means that the Multistrada 950 should not only be significantly cheaper than its more sophisticated counterparts, but it will also be appeal to those who wish fewer electronic gizmos on their motorcycles.
Just don’t expect a big weight savings with the Ducati Multistrada 950, as the “smaller” adventure-tourer tips the scales just a single pound lighter than its 1200 counterpart, at 460 lbs dry, 500 lbs wet.
Pricing in the United States will be $13,995 for the red model, $14,195 for the white model. Both bikes will be available starting in January 2017.
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