@ 8000 rpm
The Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS is a versatile machine with unique
styling. The name "Multistrada" means "many roads"
in Italian, giving a hint at what the designers had in mind
when creating the bike.
The Multistrada 1000DS is powered by an air-cooled 992 cc V-twin
engine which provides an adequate 84 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm.
A key feature of the Multistrada 1000DS is its suspension system
derived from Ducati's Superbike models. The sportier Multistrada
1000S model benefits from 43 mm Ohlins forks, fully adjustable
and with low friction TiN-treated fork legs. At the rear is
a fully adjustable Ohlins rear damper with a remote pre-load
adjuster for quick adjustment.
The Multistrada 1000S also features other upgrades such as carbon
fiber timing belt covers and front mudguard.
Overall the Multistrada 1000DS and 1000S offer a very unique
package. If you can get over the unusual styling, and expensive
servicing, then you'll have a bike which can tour well and pull
in plenty of inquisitive glances.
Review by: Mark Wance
The Multistrada 1000DS is a tall bike geared toward a taller
rider at 32 inches of seat height. I am a tall man of 6' 8"
and weigh in at 300 lbs. The Multistrada has excellent acceleration.
An acceleration test done from a dead stop, the course was an
up hill run of 1 1/2 city blocks. At the apex of the hill, I
was pushing 75 MPH, half throttle and two gears left! Most motorcycles
dog with me on them.
One down side to the 1000DS is the kick stand. It seems very
wimpy. I strongly suggest springing for the centerstand. Be
aware it is pricey.
Overall this is a great value for the price. The ride and handling
out perform my old Kawasaki. Ducati was offering 2 years with
service included. Cool.