Since it came out back in ’03, Ducati’s Multistrada family has gotten a lot of love from the riding community. It’s seen a number of upgrades and engine changes over the years, and the new-for-2017 “950” serves as the smallest Multistrada model this year. I wouldn’t call this an entry-level bike by any means, but it is the most accessible of Ducati’s multi-bikes, and thus is likely to help bridge the gap for folks looking to test the adventure-bike waters as it were. A 937 cc Testastretta powerplant drives the ride with 100-plus horsepower on tap and a host of safety-related features bundled in with the Ducati Safety Pack. Today I want to check out this newest bit of Ducatisti bait, and see how the genre has continued to evolve.
Adventure bikes are really a collection of unlikely design features borrowed from the “1200” and “1200 Enduro.” The 950, for instance, is a straight-up street machine with nothing in the way of off-road capabilities, yet it retains a bird’s beak front fender reminiscent of the true dual-surface bikes over a street-ish front fender. A tiered, angular fender comes with cheeks that act as a radiator cowl to protect the rad and funnel cooling air.
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