EICMA 2016: Ducati Multistrada 950 Unveiled; Blend of Accessibility with Versatility!

The Ducati Multistrada family has been expanded again! This time with a smaller heart. Yes, the reported smaller Multistrada is finally here and Ducati has just unveiled the bike on the eve of the first day of EICMA. The smallest ‘multibike’, the Ducati Multistrada 950, aims to make the range more accessible and versatile.

Engine:

Powering the bike is the 937 cc, 11 degree Testastretta engine churning out 113 PS of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and 96.2 Nm of peak torque at 7,750 rpm. In comparison, the Multistrada 1200 has an output of 160 odd horses. Living up to the 4-in-1 bike image she gets 4 riding modes (Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro). Ducati adds that 80 percent of the torque is available in the range of 3,500 to 9,500 rpm.

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The company has worked hard to reduce the service interval, and just like the big sister, the Multistrada 950 also boasts of a maintenance interval of 15,000 km. The valve clearance inspection is to be done every 30,000 km. Now that is an impressive feat.

This Euro 4 compliant engine gets 53 mm cylindrical section throttle bodies. It also gets a new control unit and electronic injection system.

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Frame and Suspension:

The Multistrada 950 gets a twin-sided swingarm made of shell-cast aluminium. The front steel trellis frame is mated with two lateral aluminium sub-frames to ensure maximum torsional rigidity. The ground clearance is an encouraging 183.5 mm. The suspension setup is fully adjustable at both ends with the front getting 48 mm forks sourced from Kayaba with 170 mm of travel. The rear mono shock has been sourced from Sachs and has the same amount of travel as the front one.

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Front tyre is a 120/70 section 19 inch Pirelli Scorpion Trail II while the rear wheel gets the same brand 17 inchers though of a smaller section 170/60 tyre. The wet weight is 227 kg while the seat height is 840 mm. You can even get an adjustable seat as an accessory to either reduce it to 820 mm or increase it to 860 mm. The fuel tank, just like the 1200, can store 20 litre of petrol.

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Brakes:

The bike gets Bosch M4 32 Monobloc callipers which are mounted radially over twin 320 mm floating discs in the front. The rear gets 265 mm single disc with 2 piston floating callipers. To keep safety in mind the Bosch 9.1 MP ABS which can be deactivated. Aiding this is Ducati Traction Control which has an 8 level setup.

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