In the minds of some, generally those who have not had decades of riding experience to mellow their opinions, bigger is always better. Those who have been at it a while and have had their fill of power along with the thrill and the burden that it also brings gain an understanding that this is not always the case and there comes a point in time where more isn’t always best.
The new 2019 Ducati Multistrada 950S
In the passage of time there has been a distinct evolution in motorcycle design and engineering along with a tempering in the appetites for dyed in the wool riders. If power is what you need at this point in your journey then the Ducati 1260 Multistrada will churn 158 horses along with 95 lb ft of torque, but if you’re looking for a bike that will satisfy for hours on the open road then you might want to turn your attention to the 2019 Multistrada 950S model. It demonstrates to the world why more is not necessarily better.
Improved for the open road
The new 950S comes packed with some cool features including an ABS and traction control that is lean sensitive, expressly for your riding pleasure. When it comes to cornering , it has lights that come on when you’re in a lean. To add to this the in-house Skyhook active suspension lets the rider use the single push of a button for damping and preload settings for automatic adjustments on the road. These are enhancements made to the predecessor for 2018. We can’t forget to mention the additions of the inertial measurement unit or the Bosh IMU.
More electronics enhancements
Ducati also saw fit to add cruise control to the bike and for those of us who really enjoy the open road cruise, it’s a creature comfort that’s a nice addition to the bike. It’s one of those things that helps you keep it at legal speed without a lot of effort. The preset modes available to choose from include Touring, Urban, Enduro and Sport so you can customize the settings on the responsiveness, traction control, engine output and more. The Bluetooth connectivity is another cool feature, especially as more riders are into modern communications to keep them connected to the outside world on a trip. Oh yes, and the TFT dash for the Multistrada 950 S also allows the rider to tailor the settings.
The new quick shifter, hydraulic clutch and combined braking are a few of the hardware updates for the 2019 bike. You can adjust the seat by raising or lowering it and the new bike comes with four different option packages available including a centerstand, sport with an exhaust and a little extra bling, touring with luggage and heated grips. The cosmetics are pretty much the same as is the 5.3 gallon fuel tank and approximately 200 miles in range in between fillings.
The new Multistrada 950 offers 937cc liquid cooled Testastretta DVTT L-twin 4 valve engine paired with a final drive 6 speed chain transmission. It offers 113 in claimed horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 71 b ft of claimed torque at 7,750 rpm. It has a broad range of torque which some, like me find to be a benefit, especially when you don’t have to downshift when going around a corner.
Pricing and availability
The 2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 S is available through authorized dealers and you’re going to have your choice of two colors. The bike in red retails for a new price of $16,995. If you want to go with the gray option, it will set you back $17,195. As we mentioned earlier, there are a few extras you can order with the bike or purchase after the fact if you want to make a few more enhancements to a bike that is pretty much fully loaded. We haven’t yet received the specs on the pricing for the extra goodies but if you’re really interested in knowing you can get the low down from Ducati.