I can feel the hair raise on the back of my neck as a smile stretches across my face. The beautiful cacophonous uproar of 20 Ducati Multistradas sitting, waiting to dance their way up the ancient volcano we are standing on. Here we are on Gran Canaria for the introduction of the 2018 Ducati Multistrada and, to be honest, I don’t think the smile has left my face since.
Until more recently, the long-legged sportbike often found itself lumped into what we all called the adventure-touring segment, a class of bikes many use as a catchall for long-legged touring or sport-touring motorcycles as well as more dirt-bound ADVs. As of late there have been more tall sport-tourers being put into production, enough that people are starting to refer to them as what they are. We’ve described such devices as belonging in a Sports Adventure Touring category, as we did in this epic nine-bike shootout from 2015.
Ducati, until the release of the Multistrada Enduro, had kept its focus with the Multistrada 1200 and previous iterations as being sport-touring tools. Don’t let its tall stance fool you.
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