The Italian exotic bike maker, Ducati launched the all-new Multistrada 950 and the Monster 797 in the Indian market. The Multistrada 950 is available at Rs 12.60 lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) while the Monster 797 has been launched 7.77 lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi). Both the bikes were unveiled for the very first time at the 2017 Ducati World Premiere, and now joins the portfolio of Ducati in India.
Ducati is already selling 4 Multistrada motorcycles in the Indian market including the Multistrada 1200, 1200 S, 1200 Pikes Peak and 1200 Enduro. The youngest sibling in the Ducati’s adventure line-up, the Multistrada 950 is also the most affordable Multistrada in the range and with it, Multistrada brand is now more accessible to a greater set of adventure riders in India.
The engine on the Multistrada 950:
The bike gets a 937cc Testastretta 11 degree L-Twin engine that delivers a maximum of 113bhp at 9,000rpm and a maximum torque of 96.2Nm at 7,750rpm. These performance figures certainly are good enough that promise a great fun on or off the road. The bike also gets four different riding modes including Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro that changes the bike’s riding dynamics on a single tap of a button. It also comes with DTC (Ducati Traction Control) and ABS for a safer and confidence inspiring riding experience.
The Ducati Multistrada motorcycles have always been one of the heavily feature packed bikes and the new younger Multistrada 950 is no different. Its LCD instrument panel displays a whole bunch of information. The display gives information on currents speed, rpm, ODO, gear, trip1 and trip2, engine coolant temperature, fuel level and a clock.
Apart from this regular stuff, the meter also shows information on the current riding mode, kilometer/miles remaining, real-time fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, average speed, air temperature, travel time and road ice warning.
Multistrada 950 highlights and competition:
Being a Multistrada, the bike is supposed to be fitted with a bunch of high-class components and features that make it an aggressive tool for all kinds of terrains. At the front, the bike packs a 19” alloy wheel for greater control when fighting tricky surfaces. It comes with 48mm Sachs forks with 170mm wheel travel. The rear suspension is adjustable but unlike bigger Multistradas, this one doesn’t get single-sided swing arm. The company offers a whole range of riding accessories on the bike for the customer to customize the bike as per individual taste and style.
The bike competes against a bunch of motorcycles in the segment from Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin, Triumph XRx and XCx.
Among all of its competition, the Honda CRF 1000L packs the biggest engine but is the least powerful among the lot, on the flip side the Ducati Multistrada 950 is the most powerful bike in this segment. The Honda is the only DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) bike while the rest comes with 6-speed manual transmission.
The Ducati gets the best braking system in form of dual 320mm front disc and a Brembo floating caliper at the rear, while the Triumph runs on Nissin brakes. And ABS is standard on all of the four bikes. While on the Ducati it is 3-level ABS and 8-level DTC.
The Ducati also have the lowest seat height at 805mm that makes sure the bike remains comfortable to ride for all heights of riders.
The bike is currently available only in a single colour, the Ducati Red with racing Grey frame and matt grey wheels. While the other color, star White Silk with Racing Grey frame and matt grey wheels will be available only from November this year.