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Ducati Multistrada 950 [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement937 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight229 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 12,86,186

Ducati Multistrada 950 [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Ducati Multistrada 950 [2018-2019] Summary

Multistrada 950 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 937 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 229 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres

About Multistrada 950 [2018-2019]

Ducati’s aim with the 950 was to make a more “accessible” Multistrada. It uses the same chassis, subframe, and swingarm as the 1200 Enduro.

The Ducati Multistrada 950, with its Testastretta liquid-cooled L-twin engine, the 937cc engine puts out a maximum power of 113bhp at 9,000rpm and maximum torque of 96Nm at 7750 rpm.

The motorcycle offers four preset ride modes with throttle-by-wire which adjust ABS and DTC along with throttle response namely the Urban, Touring, Sport, and Enduro -with full power always on tap in Sport and Touring mode and the urge reduced to 75 horsepower in the Urban and Enduro modes. Each of the four has different default settings for the three-stage Bosch 9.1 ABS and switchable eight-level DTS traction control programs. These comprise the DSP/Ducati Safety Pack included as standard. The Multistrada 950 comes to a halt using twin 320mm front discs, squeezed by Brembo calipers and a 265mm rear disc.

The Multistrada 950 chassis sits on a 19-inch front wheel equipped with KYB 49mm inverted forks and rear fully adjustable side mounted Sachs mono-shock with a 17-inch wheel. The standard seat height is set at 840mm that can be adjusted with accessory seats that go as low as 820mm and as high as 860mm. It weighs a kerb of 227kg and a has fuel tank of 20litres.

The Ducati will be offered in 2 colour options Star White Silk and Ducati Red.
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Ducati Multistrada 950 [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Perfect for long distance touring
    • The 950cc engine has lots of torque
    • Equipped with the latest technologies
  • Could be Better

    • Gets hot while riding in traffic
    • Weight distribution could have been better

BikeWale's Take

The Multistrada 950 is a more affordable version of the bigger Multistrada 1260. But it still gets decent amount of features and electronics. The Multi 950 is good off-road and even better for those long distance rides thanks to its frugile 937cc, L-Twin and comfortable ergonomics. Although it would be a better package with better set of tyres and the option of a centre stand.

Ducati Multistrada 950 [2018-2019] Review

If I were to put it in the simplest, most straightforward way, I'd say the Multistrada 950 is the consolation prize. You wanted the 1200S, and who wouldn't? It's fast, it's comfortable, it's desirable and it really is many motorcycles in one. But then, spending over Rs 20 lakhs for it isn't everyone's cup of tea.

What is it?

Why I would buy the Ducati Multistrada 950

It does most things the 1200 does. And it’s cheaper with more accessible power.

Why I would avoid the Ducati Multistrada 950

Because, as luck would have it, I CAN now afford the full-fat Multistrada 1200S!

If I were to put it in the simplest, most straightforward way, I'd say the Multistrada 950 is the consolation prize. You wanted the 1200S, and who wouldn't? It's fast, it's comfortable, it's desirable and it really is many motorcycles in one. But then, spending over Rs 20 lakhs for it isn't everyone's cup of tea.

That's where the 950 comes in. It's cheaper, lighter and less intimidating. But, it still comes with the promise of being many bikes in one. It has riding modes, electronic rider aids and the sound engineering that’s become a hallmark of all new Ducatis.

What’s more, it looks like its big brother the 1200S; so it draws eyeballs and awe in equal measure. And, it has inherited its elder sibling’s virtues. There’s a manually adjustable windscreen, a narrow waistline, great touring ergonomics, slots for saddle bags, a large fuel tank, light controls and even a tight turning radius.

The only thing that’s haunting me here is the ‘consolation prize’ comment. Maybe, the 950 with its lesser capacity and power could actually be the better, everyday bike… 

How does it ride?

Well for starters, the 950 might be lighter, but it weighs only 7kg less. And this difference in weight compared to the 1200 just isn’t perceptible.  So, it still takes some muscle to move the bike around.

Thankfully, the weight of the Multi 950 is a whole lot easier to manage once on the move. It’s still a front heavy motorcycle, but with the low seat, and the wide and upright handlebar, it’s easy to find the balance point. So, whether you are filtering through traffic or making tight U-turns, the 950 feels surprisingly manageable.

It’s great on the open road too. The seating is comfortable, the wind protection is decent, the controls are light, and at low three-digit speeds, the engine is both reasonably quiet and calm; as quiet and calm a Ducati engine can be. As a touring machine then, much like the 1200, the Multi 950 works like a charm.

The 950 works on the twisty stuff too. It’s not as intuitive as the 1200 for sure given the 950 runs a larger 19-inch front. But, we never had to fight it while dropping it into corners or getting it upright thereafter. Even through the tighter winding stuff that requires the bike to make quick direction changes, the Multi is more than just manageable; it’s borderline fun. Yes, it’s not the most light-footed or playful big bike we have ridden, but it doesn’t even get close to terms like cumbersome or tedious or heavy (on the move, mind).

We did have two issues with the 950 on the road though. One, we just couldn’t put enough trust into the tyres for serious cornering. And two the braking – even though the brakes have good bite and feel – caused the front end to dive a little too early and a little too excessively. Which was a bit unnerving.

On the dirt, with much lower speeds, the good feel from the brakes are a boon. And in the Enduro mode, the bike also allows the rider to lock the rear brake giving better control when negotiating slippery descents. It’s great to ride standing up too. The balance feels right; it’s easy to hook yourself onto the bike; and with progressive clutch and throttle operation, the 950 gives you the confidence to dance around in the dirt.

But, it might be a bad idea to get carried away. The Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres aren’t exactly dirt friendly, so grip is a little unpredictable. Having said that, if you don’t lean on the front too much around tight corners or lean the bike too far on dirt, period, the 950 is definitely up for some trail riding.

Anything else I should know?

 

The Multi 950 does get hot. Not hot enough to roast your thighs, but warm enough to cause some discomfort. It also doesn’t get a centre stand as standard, so we have no clue how easy or difficult it might be to put it on one that you can buy as an accessory. The brake lever is adjustable for reach but is a pain to adjust with the gloves on.

It also gets riding modes. There are four to choose from – Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. In Sport and Touring, the Multi 950 delivers on its full potential, 111bhp. In Urban and Enduro, the power is chopped to 74bhp. Also, the throttle response, and that of the traction control and ABS intervention differs from mode to mode. But, like the 1200, the 950 does allow the rider to customise each mode by changing the engine map, and the stages of TC and ABS.

But, there’s no electronic wizardry to the 950’s suspension as seen on the Multistrada 1200S. What you get instead is a fully – but manually – adjustable 170mm travel USD at the front and an offset rear monoshock riding on a double-sided swingarm. The latter is borrowed from the 1200 Enduro; the reason the 950 runs the same longer wheelbase as the Enduro.

The instrumentation meanwhile is agreeable. Easy to read, detailed and even though it lacks the richness of the S' colour TFT; it's not a turn off. And once you get the hang of it, it's not too difficult to surf through either.

Should I buy one?

One thing’s for sure, the 950 is a Multistrada. It is more than one bike in one. It can tour, it can commute, and it can handle a bit of trails. It’s not the most exciting around twisties, we agree, but if ridden conservatively, it does get the job done.

So then, is the Multistrada 950 more than a consolation prize for those who can’t afford the full fat 1200S?

You see, the 950 might be lighter than the 1200S, but the difference is almost insignificant. The 950 might also be less intimidating given its output figures, but the latter has all the electronic nannies in the world to hand hold you through 150bhp.

And then there’s the price. The 950 is around Rs 3 lakhs cheaper than the 1200S. So yes, if you can’t afford the 1200S, well there’s some consolation with the 950… but it’s certainly not the better bike, even as an everyday ride.

Where does it fit in?

The Multistrada 950 retails for around Rs 16.5 lakhs on the road in Mumbai. Considering the same genre of motorcycling, one can also buy the Triumph Tiger XCx 800 and the Honda Africa Twin for similar money. Between the two, the Tiger is more road biased and expensive. The Africa Twin on the other hand can do dirt better and is the cheapest of the three. 

Photography by Kapil Angane

Gear Check

1. SOL SS1: An entry-level ADV helmet, the SS1 scores big on ventilation but could do with a better fit.

Price: Rs 6,290

2. Rjay Octane II Jacket: Extremely light with fantastic ventilation, the Octane works like a charm in Indian weather conditions.

Price: Rs 8,500

4. Ixon RS Circuit HP gloves: Not the best full-glautlet gloves I have used but the Ixons do a fair job be it comfort or protection.

Price: Rs 8,000

5. Café Racer Moto Kevlar Jeans: These Kevlar lined denims offer adequate breathability and are comfortable even on long rides.

Price: Rs 4,500

6. Forma Adventure boots: Forma has got the touring, commuting and some bit of off-roading handiness bang on with the Adventure boots. I like them.

Price: Rs 16,000

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Multistrada 950 [2018-2019]

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 109.6 bhp @ 9,000 rpm

    Max Torque 96 Nm @ 7,750 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 937 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 94 mm

    Stroke 67.5 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 12.6:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 R19

    Rear Tyre Size 170/60 R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 265 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4-Piston , Rear-2 Piston Calliper

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension KYB 48 mm fully adjustable USD fork

    Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Sachs monoshock unit

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 229 kg

    Overall Length 2,280 mm

    Overall Width 995 mm

    Wheelbase 1,594 mm

    Ground Clearance 184 mm

    Seat Height 840 mm

    Overall Height 1,470 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular steel Trellis frame

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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  •  4Perfect... 3 years ago by Shribhau, Aurangabad

    Perfect for touringgg 229kg bike.... But when u ride it it's like100 kg bike.. That's it check it out.. When u ride it it's feel like riding ktm duke in city.... 111 Bhp 96nm and l-twin very powerful... It uses the same chassis, subframe, and swingarm as the 1200 enduro

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