Tucked away amid all the noise and lights at EICMA was an important upgrade to one of Ducati’s most popular line of motorcycles.
They’ve made changes to the two-year old Multistrada 950 and 950 S.
Both machines are still powered by a 937cc variation of the Ducati Testastretta 11° L-twin. It makes 113 hp (83 kW) at 9,000 rpm, with 71 lb-ft (96 Nm) of torque at 7,750 rpm.
The standard 950 weighs in at 456 lb (207 kg) dry and has a pre-set seat height of 33.1 in (840 mm). That can be adjusted up to 33.9″ (860 mm) or down to 32.3″ (820 mm) with the appropriate accessory. It has cast wheels and the Ducati Safety Pack, which is one of the biggest changes.
That’s because of the new 6-axis Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), which gives the ABS three-level cornering with the option to turn the system off (it’s new to all Ducati models for 2019.) There’s also Ducati Traction Control (DTC,) Riding Modes, Power Modes, and Vehicle Hold Control (VHC.)
The Multistrada 950 S has the option of spoked wheels. Engine performance is unchanged, but the weight has increased. It’s six pounds (3 kg) heavier. What sets the S apart, aside from the wheel option, is the electronic Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS,) which continuously adjusts fork and shock damping.
The S also has clutchless shifting and a slipper clutch, a full LED headlight, a color TFT cluster, Cruise Control, a hands free ignition system and backlit, switchgear controls. it also gets the Safety Pack, of course, with 8 levels of ABS control.
In terms of appearance, the fairing has been modified to match its bigger sibling, getting the 1260’s side wings. One commentator says the bike looks like a mashup of the front end of the 1260 and the back end of the 1260 Enduro.
Take a look at this video from Moto.it and see if you agree.
And to see it on the road, here’s a promo video from Ducati.