Ducati Multistrada 950 off road?

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  1. waderman

    waderman Been here awhile

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    Does anyone out there who owns a Multistrada 950 or, better yet, the new 950S, ever ride it off road (dirt/gravel roads, with the occasional 2 track). I’m curious how it does (suspension, throttle, gearing). I’m thinking of buying one, putting TKC 80’s on it, and using it for light off road riding (in addition to regular road riding). My last ride was a 1090R, not sure why I sold it, really liked it.
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  2. TheWheelADV

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    Unfortunately I have no firsthand experience to offer. I've only just gotten through the initial break-in period on mine. I do intend to take it off road though. Have a trip to Utah planned for this spring.

    Seems to do alright, judging by this video:
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  3. danketchpel

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    A guy in our Ducati club rides his MTS 1200 off-road. He just swaps on TKC80 tires and goes for it. He's ridden it in Death Valley and in the high desert areas east of the Sierras.

    He told me it did just fine overall. FB_IMG_1581083584531.jpg FB_IMG_1581083904329.jpg FB_IMG_1581083850595.jpg
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  4. TheWheelADV

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    With a 19 inch front and about 2 inches of additional ground clearance, the 950 should do even better.
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    danketchpel Long timer

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    Ya, the new spoked wheel 950 is looking pretty tasty.
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  6. waderman

    waderman Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the input. Sold my 1090R. Looking for a bike a little less off-road focused. Actually had a Multi-Strada 1200 Enduro three years ago but it was just way too big and heavy.
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  7. ajy1w

    ajy1w Been here awhile Supporter

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    The 950s will please you! Test ride one. Its awesome off road but supper sweet on road. Still a 500lb bike but does not feel like it. I have a 2018 950, have riden the 950s.
    I consider my 2018 the best bike i have ever owned, and the S package completes the package. I spend all day on my bike and i have to force myself to stop and go home. Enough of everything up to 135mph. It calls me to ride it when its raining, when its 36f, dam thing gets in your head. Fantastic handling, gearing, performance, and comfort is excellent for me.
    Enough said.
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    ajy1w Been here awhile Supporter

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    IMG_20200202_215328.jpg 950mts off road
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    ajy1w Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yes it can off road very well.
    The jump is Jose on 950S


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  10. ajy1w

    ajy1w Been here awhile Supporter

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    5500 miles on mine. I have done another 6000 miles on same as my bike similar rental bike 2018 950 through Europe, French Alps, Corsica & Sardinia, Pyrenees, these trips with my wife on the back. Supper comfortable for both of us with long days on the bike fully loaded 3 separate trips 12 days each trip. I like the suspension on all road and trail types. No issues of any kind with either bike. The rental bike last trip ended shy of 19,000 miles on it, still drove sharp. I ride hard and fast, but this bike is great and fun at any speed, and the more speed the more fun on the road. The spoked rims are excellent and can take abuse, stock tires will do a decent job on hard packed dirt and gravel. Rider aids and great brakes have saved my ass a few times.
    Hope this is helpful.
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  11. ajy1w

    ajy1w Been here awhile Supporter

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    I bought my 2018 end 2018 took delivery in 2/2019 got it with crash bars, heated grips, and side cases for a deal, $2600 off list. Last year my dealer had 2019 S in grey on sale in December for $14,995. So you can get a good deal. Thats several thousand less then BMW 850gs with comp electronics. And a much more road worthy bike. The 950 comparison is closer to gs1250.
    Also know Ducati offers 0% financing with 6k down, during the off season. Which is great even if you have the cash always better to use thier money and invest yours. Ducati also was talking about a type of lease program where you can up grade to new Ducati or pay off a balance. This was not made completely clear, it was a special program through Ducati.
    Yes I Took the 0% put 10k in invest and double pay my payment every month so my bike is almost paid off. Maybe thats why i smile every time i ride. Its the only bike i bought new that made me money.
    BMW was also doing 0% this past December.
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    ajy1w Been here awhile Supporter

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    This was last month at my dealer. 2019 950S for $14995.
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    ajy1w Been here awhile Supporter

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    Just like other bikes you may get stuck when off roading.
    :-):rofl:1drink
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  14. TheWheelADV

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    My off road experience on the Multi 950S isn't as impressive as ajy1w's but I can say the fueling in Enduro mode is excellent, all the way down to 2,000 rpm's. The Skyhook suspension handles hardpack with ease. The front handled well in the few shallow sandy spots I encountered on a recent ride. Didn't seem to plow too much. This was on the stock tires.

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    You guys are killing me. Been stalking this bike for quite awhile now. Almost makes me wanna sell a couple bikes.
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  16. ajy1w

    ajy1w Been here awhile Supporter

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    Its not the KTM of Italy, rather its all Ducati that can command offroad riding. The engine is sweet for just about anything you want to do. The 1260 enduro is a beast alot more bike to move around. The 950 is not much smaller or lighter, but the lower height is more manageable for me. And on road its BLISS.
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  17. Southtrails19

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    I took my '20 950s offroad, on a more technical trail that I had planned and ended up tearing the thing up, unfortunately it was my unpreparedness more than anything. Smarts Ranch OHV road outside of Big Bear, CA had ice on the trail this past weekend and riding the trail after dark I dumped the bike 3 times and broke my handguard/turn signal, dented the header pipe on the exhaust, and cracked the gas tank cover. The engine and suspension IMO were substantial enough for this very rocky and uneven trail with soft sand. However, for serious off-roading, do yourself a favor and upgrade from the pirelli scorpion trail tires and get a skid plate as I will be doing soon.
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  18. TheWheelADV

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    That sucks. :muutt At least you weren't injured. How did the gas tank cover get cracked? Yeah, the stock plastic skid plate doesn't offer much in the way of protection. The optional metal one is substantial and covers a lot more of the underside of the bike. Likewise the plastic hand guards, with integrated turn signals brake and clutch reservoirs no less, are more for looks. I installed a set of Barkbusters.
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  19. Merckx the Cannibal

    Merckx the Cannibal Been here awhile

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    I've ridden my 2017 950 maybe 100 miles on packed dirt, soft sand, and gravel roads (and about 9,000 miles on pavement). Nothing technical, no singletrack — I'm talking unpaved roads that a typical SUV could handle. Some in the Smoky Mountains and some in flat, sandy Florida.
    The 950 handled those roads fine. The throttle and clutch work great together off pavement, and I'm happy with the suspension, with and without hard cases. The stock Pirelli Scorpion Trails are great.
    My bike has the cast wheels, and I added a frame slider, axle sliders and most important, aluminum handguard sliders. I've never dumped the bike, on pavement or off, but those sliders make me feel more confident that I can ride after a crash. I don't have an engine guard, though, or a skid plate. I'd like to have a skid plate next time I ride a long, rocky road.
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    The trail was sloped like a "V" and i crossed the center to avoid a boulder and hit a patch of ice which made me slam down on the left side. I'll upload a pic once I resize.
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