My First. My Last. My Everything
When the Ducati Design Center started working on the Multistrada 950 the goal was to develop a compact, eye-pleasing bike that had to be, above all else, a true Multistrada. That’s why it takes its cue from the two bigger-engined Multistrada family members.
The Multistrada 950 combines Multistrada 1200 and Multistrada 1200 Enduro design features to perfection, taking the “lightest” elements from both. The front-on view, with the distinctive headlight, ‘beak’, adjustable screen, two ‘wings’ and tank come from the Multistrada 1200. The rider’s seat with narrow mid-section, the passenger seat, rear grab rail, the design of the exhaust and swingarm and the wheel sizes were, instead, taken from the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. This mix has produced a bike with classic Multistrada lines that’s also compact, and not just visually.
The Multistrada 950 is available in two colours; classic Ducati Red and stylish Star White Silk. Both colour schemes feature matt grey frame and wheels.
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The Multistrada 950 is both confidence-inspiring and safe thanks to the Ducati Safety Pack, which includes the latest Bosch 9.1 MP ABS with 3-level adjustment and 8-level Ducati Traction Control. These safety systems apply different intervention levels depending on the selected Riding Mode; riders can personalise them to set up the Multistrada 950 to match their individual needs and riding skills.
The essence of versatility
Ducati presents the new Multistrada 950, the Bologna-based bike manufacturer’s smallest “multibike”, designed to provide all the excitement of the Multistrada in a way that makes it more accessible and versatile. Designed to put great performance within everyone’s grasp, the Multistrada 950 is for those who want to get in some touring (and perhaps enjoy the company of a passenger) and those who want an agile fun bike that’s ideal for everyday use.
The Multistrada 950 is powered by the already renowned twin cylinder 937 cm3 Testastretta 11°, now extensively overhauled. EURO 4-rated, it has four valves per cylinder, liquid cooling and bore and stroke measurements of 94 and 67.5 mm respectively. Engine power amounts to a maximum of 113 hp* at 9,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 96.2 Nm at 7,750 rpm. The compression ratio is 12.6:1.
*The power values indicated above are measured using a chassis dynamometer. Homologated power data, as quoted in the Bike Registration Document, are measured using an engine dynamometer according to the homologation regulation. The two power values may differ because of the different measurement equipments.
New cylinder heads
The twin cylinder Testastretta 11° engine on the Multistrada 950 features two new cylinder heads with a redesigned oil circuit and secondary air intake ducts on the covers. The Multistrada 950 gulps in the fuel mix through new 53 mm cylindrical-section throttle bodies controlled by an advanced Ride-by-Wire system. Moreover, this engine also features a new control unit and electronic injection system. The exhaust system is of the 2-1-2 type with lateral silencer.
The exhaust system layout is based on two primary manifolds that merge directly in the single 2-chamber silencer; the latter, in addition to acting as a 2-1-2 collector, contains the catalytic converter. From here two pipes exit directly towards the light, compact silencers, which are side-mounted in a high position and feature aluminium alloy outer sleeves.
Long Service Intervals
The 937 cm3 Ducati Testastretta 11° twin cylinder engine has a maintenance interval of 15,000 (9,000 miles) km or 12 months, with valve clearance inspection every 30,000 km (18,000 miles).
Brembo braking system
The Multistrada 950 features Brembo M4.32 monobloc radial calipers with four 32 mm diameter pistons and 2 pads, an axial pump and dual 320 mm front discs. At the rear a 265 mm disc is gripped by a floating caliper, again by Brembo. Such top-drawer components ensure unbeatable performance, a feature that has always been a Ducati hallmark.
Wheels and tyres
The Multistrada 950 is equipped with alloy wheels that mount Pirelli SCORPIONTM Trail II tyres: 120/70 R19 at the front and 170/60 R17 at the rear. SCORPIONTM Trail II: this tyre is a perfect blend of off-road racing capacity and great road performance. Designed for the most demanding motorcyclists, its plus-points include high mileage, consistent performance throughout its life-cycle and first-class performance in the wet.
Carefully designed alloy wheels have succeeded in making the thin spokes look as similar as possible to wire spokes.
Built with long-range touring in mind, the Multistrada 950 has been designed to ensure outstanding comfort, even when the bike is fully laden. This has resulted in an ergonomic “triangle” that guarantees, for rider and passenger alike, comfort and control whatever the situation.
Combining the Multistrada family’s trademark design and chassis geometry, the Multistrada 950 has it all. Lighter than the Multistrada 1200 and with a seat height of 840 mm, the Multistrada 950 sharpens the excellent dynamic performance of the larger displacement Multistradas. The 19″ light alloy front wheel ensures comfort and fun on any road surface, asphalted or not. Suspension with a generous 170 mm of travel and a twin-sided swingarm keep comfort levels high while giving the Multistrada 950 outstanding agility. Moreover, the 20-litre tank puts plenty of miles between refuelling stops.
The Multistrada 950 features a shell-cast aluminium twin-sided swingarm that is painted black.
On the Multistrada 950 the frame design features a front Trellis made up of large-diameter yet thin tubing, plus two lateral aluminium sub-frames to ensure maximum torsional rigidity. The Multistrada 950 has a minimum ground clearance of 183.5 mm.
The Multistrada 950 instrument panel consists of a large easy-to-see LCD that provides the rider with primary and secondary information. The unit gives info on speed, rpm, total distance ridden, selected gear, trip1 and trip2, engine coolant temperature, fuel level and, of course, a clock. And that’s not all: the display shows the selected Riding Mode, miles remaining, real-time fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, average speed, air temperature, travel time and road ice warning.
Ducati Riding Modes, first introduced on the Multistrada in 2010, let riders select different pre-set modes that optimise bike behaviour according to their individual riding styles and road conditions. The Multistrada 950 has four Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro), each programmed to act on the electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) engine control system and the ABS and DTC levels. The available modes stem from a combination of cutting-edge dedicated technologies. Riding Modes can be changed on the go, while personalised ABS and DTC settings need to be made with the bike at standstill with the throttle closed.
Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)
The Multistrada 950 is equipped with a DSP (Ducati Safety Pack) that includes ABS and Ducati Traction Control, enhancing bike performance, optimising control and boosting safety levels. This package is managed via four different Riding Modes, each of which (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro) gives the Multistrada 950 a distinctive personality thanks to different ABS and DTC (Ducati Traction Control) settings.
Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
The DTC (Ducati Traction Control) on the Multistrada 950 detects and subsequently controls any rear wheelspin, enhancing both bike performance and active safety. The Multistrada 950 features the latest DTC software version, optimised to ensure a soft response thanks to intervention on both spark advance and throttle body control. The system lets riders select from among 8 different profiles, each calibrated to provide a rear wheelspin tolerance that matches progressive levels of riding ability (classified from 1 to 8). Level 1 minimises system intervention and is, together with level 2, best suited to off-road use. Level 8, instead, maximises ABS intervention and is ideal on wet roads. Ducati sets DTC levels for each of the four Riding Modes; however, these can be personalised to meet riders’ specific needs and saved on the individual menu settings. The DTC function can be switched off in any Riding Mode and will then stay off until the next Key-On.
Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
The Multistrada 950 features a sophisticated Wheelie Control that guarantees maximum safety combined with maximum performance.
Bosch ABS System
Multistrada 950 standard equipment includes a Brembo braking system with ABS, controlled by the Bosch 9.1 MP control unit with integrated pressure sensor, which is part of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP). The 3-level system ensures short stopping distances and stability whatever the riding conditions thanks to full integration with Riding Modes. Level 1 adapts ABS intervention to off-road use: there is no intervention on the rear wheel and no rear wheel anti-lift. Level 2 sees the ABS act on both the front and rear wheels but rear wheel anti-lift remains deactivated. Lastly, the highest level 3 setting provides maximum braking stability and rear wheel lift-up prevention. The ABS system can be deactivated in any Riding Mode and will stay off until the next Key-On.
Headlight and indicators
Like other bikes in the Multistrada family, the 950 has an assertive-looking, high-tech headlight. At the rear there is a LED tail light. A hazard warning lights function is also available on the Multistrada 950; this is activated by pressing the dedicated key.