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Multistrada 1000 (2003 - 2007) review

A wonderfully capable all-rounder that will satisfy your need for speed or go the whole distance. It's just a good job you don't have to look at it when you're riding it.

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Wed, 1 Jan 2003 - 12:01

Multistrada 1000 (2003 - 2007) review
Details
Manufacturer:
Ducati
Category:
Adventure
Price:
£ 7750
Overall
4
Great fun on any road surface as long as it isn't gravel.
A candidate for 'Most ugly motorcycle of all time' and ineffective mirrors

There's a gap ahead of around four or five bike lengths. Even on these beautiful Sardinian twisty mountain passes, this is just out of my journalist's comfort zone. For those of you not in the know, this comfort zone is a gap that looks as if you're a bit slow compared to the guy ahead, rather than just hanging back and looking cool.
This isn't good news and very bad for my reputation, especially in the bar tonight.

Got to dig deep and make some time up. So now I'm desperately hanging on the the guy in front, I'm braking later and later with those top-line Serie Oro Brembos in a bid to make up the shortfall and trying to lean the bike over that little bit more on those chunky Pirellis.

The guy ahead in full leathers is knee down on another Multistrada and I'm inching forward bit by bit. Got to do better than that. It's time for the chunky shuffle. Get that massive derriere off the firm, yet comfortable seat beneath it and get her on her ear. Beneath me, the Multistrada isn't moving

There's a gap ahead of around four or five bike lengths. Even on these beautiful Sardinian twisty mountain passes, this is just out of my journalist's comfort zone. For those of you not in the know, this comfort zone is a gap that looks as if you're a bit slow compared to the guy ahead, rather than just hanging back and looking cool.
This isn't good news and very bad for my reputation, especially in the bar tonight.

Got to dig deep and make some time up. So now I'm desperately hanging on the the guy in front, I'm braking later and later with those top-line Serie Oro Brembos in a bid to make up the shortfall and trying to lean the bike over that little bit more on those chunky Pirellis.

The guy ahead in full leathers is knee down on another Multistrada and I'm inching forward bit by bit. Got to do better than that. It's time for the chunky shuffle. Get that massive derriere off the firm, yet comfortable seat beneath it and get her on her ear. Beneath me, the Multistrada isn't moving

Seats 0
Suspension Front Showa 43 mm upside-down
Suspension Rear Progressive linkage; hydraulic remote pre-load control. Single-sided aluminium swingarm
Adjustability Front Fully adjustable fork
Adjustability Rear Fully adjustable Showa monoshock
Wheels Front 3.50x17
Wheels Rear 5.50x17
Wheels Made Of New 6-spoke design in light alloy
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR 17
Tyres Rear 180/55 ZR 17
Brakes Front 2x320 mm discs, 4-piston calipers
Brakes Rear 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Chassis Tubular steel trellis
Cubic Capacity (cc) 992
Valves 4
Max Power (bhp) 84
Max Power Peak (rpm) 8000
Torque (ft/lb) 62
Torque Peak (rpm) 5000
Bore (mm) 94
Stroke (mm) 71.5
Valve Gear DOHC
Compression Ratio 10
Valves Per Cylinder 2
Cooling Air cooled
Fuel Delivery Electronic
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Chain
Max Power 87
Top Speed
Score Breakdown
Overall
4

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