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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-18-2017, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 Preview

If you missed Ducati’s live-streaming event from Milan this morning, you missed a lot. According to CEO Claudio Domenicali, 402,000 Ducati fans saw the new model presentation on Facebook this morning. We expected most of the new models that were introduced; one we didn’t really is the new Multistrada 950.

This one Domenicali described as the Swiss Army Knife Ducati. It uses a 937cc Testastretta 11-degree motor instead of the 1200cc unit in the current Multi. The 937 claims 113 horsepower at 9000 rpm, with a very flat torque curve said to produce 80% of its 71 lb-ft peak all the way from 3500 to 9500 rpm. Valve-check intervals are now scheduled every 18,000 miles.

Along with that smaller engine comes a reduction in weight to about 500 pounds when gassed up, around 11 pounds less than claimed for the base 1200 Multi. The Multistrada 1200 S we loved in 2015 tipped the scales at 567 pounds when equipped with its saddlebags. The Multi 1200 Enduro we recently tested scaled in at 647 pounds.

Seat height for the new 950 is 33 inches, with 20mm lower and 20mm taller options available.

An inverted 48mm fork gives 6.7 inches of fully adjustable travel. A Sachs shock connects the swingarm to the left subframe: Spring preload is adjustable (via a knob-operated hydraulic press), as is hydraulic compression and rebound damping. The spring is progressive; rear suspension travel is also 6.7 inches.

Otherwise, it’s standard Multistrada, with a 19-inch front wheel and a new grab rail out back that can take either standard plastic saddlebags or aluminum panniers as needed for the task at hand. As with the 1200 Multi, four packages of accessories are available: Touring, Urban, Sport and Enduro:

Touring Pack: Side panniers and centerstand.
Sport Pack: Type-approved Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni (complies with EU homologation standards), billet aluminum frame plugs, billet aluminum front brake fluid reservoir plug.
Urban Pack: Top case, tank bag with tank lock and USB hub to charge electronic devices.
Enduro Pack: Supplementary LED lights, Ducati Performance components by Touratech: engine crash bars, aluminum radiator guard, aluminum sump guard, broader kickstand base and off- road rider pegs.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-08-2017, 12:27 PM
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I can see why it's called a swiss army knife, the 19-inch front wheel helps the 950 clear obstacles and combined with a tall riding position, handling similar to to a sport bike, confident brakes and supple suspension the Multistrada can go anywhere you need it to.

Just unfortunate that we won't be getting Bosch’s cornering ABS, but Ducati had to keep costs down somehow.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 09:54 AM
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One important thing to point out for the riders short enough that the seat height here might be a make it or break it point... the 1200 has a lower seat height of 840mm. Good excuse for getting something a bit upsegment
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2017, 10:53 PM
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Since I will be getting the sport, looking forward to what the Termignoni system will sound like in various conditions. I'm betting on Ducati to take journalists on some nice roads that will allow in the variation I want.
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