Ducati Multistrada

These big trail tools have come of age; they’re bitching fun and practical too. Here are 10 of the best big adventure bikes

05. Ducati Multistrada 1000/1100 (2003+)

It’s only got very slightly knobbly tyres and is really a road bike. But it’s a damn fine one. Quality suspension, set up for the road, powerful brakes and wheels that’ll take the latest grippy street rubber make it a potent real world road package. The engine’s low tech two valve per cylinder and air-cooled but it’s got oodles of torque and does the job well. Running costs can be high. Bikes from mid 2007 onwards need less service work and less frequently (every 7,500 rather than every 6,000 miles) so make more sense. 2005 on bikes improved, capacity increased to 1,100cc in 2007. High spec S-model even better.

Engine: 992cc, 4-valve, injected, V-twin Power: 86bhp Torque: 65 lb/ft Weight: 195kg Top speed: 130mph

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