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Multistrada vs.The World!

calls the new Multistrada the ideal but exactly where are its limits? We pit oddest Duck against Interceptor and Yamaha’s YZF-R6 to out

WE’VE SEEN THAT BEFORE. You’re looking at curious red motorcycle like a dog smells bacon but sees an frying pan. Don’t The Multistrada gets a lot of that. OK, so is a Multistrada?

To paraphrase Monty Flying Circus, it’s completely different.

From refreshingly off-center perspective, the is a new breed. More mutant clone, it’s an iconoclast. A A category-buster meant to blend the of the resolute 999 Superbike, broadband and ST sport-tourers—as well as the stylish one motorcycle. It’s also a order.

Beyond its adventure-touring the Multistrada has no off-road ambitions. So how do you the bike that’s supposed to do everything?

We slid it in between two Honda’s eminently sporty VFR and Yamaha’s YZF-R6—the feistiest, responsive 600 super-sport you can buy. sheets and masters of the obvious the Multi won’t be as good a sportbike as the R6, nor as good at long as the Interceptor. Maybe, but what all that riding in the middle we all spend most of our time?



a quick Multistrada primer. started fresh here. No The Multi has an all-new frame cut traditional Ducati chrome-moly tubes. It rolls on a longish, (57.1-inch) wheelbase—10mm longer a Monster’s, 30mm longer a 999’s and a whopping 55mm than a new Supersport 1000’s.

The rest of its chassis geometry is with 24 degrees of rake and of trail. The only other is that long-travel fork—1.8 more travel than a SS DS. The fully adjustable Showa is softer than a pur-sang to stay calm on rough

Motivation comes from latest 992cc desmodue reverentially air-cooled with two per cylinder. But that’s hardly Ducati ostensibly lifted the covers off its old lump and slid one underneath. Most of the parts low-rpm torque and cleaner, running.

Cranking out 83 rear-wheel and 67 foot-pounds of torque, the DS twin—as in spark, as in two plugs per cylinder—is 5 and 8 foot-pounds stronger than the 900 we tested.


As with the 999, the Multistrada’s emerges slowly, seldom in and for some, not at all. The tall, fairing and wide bar makes it over other bikes Herman Munster at Cub Scout Still, seat height is Parked next to the Interceptor, the looks compact and purposeful it is.

Ducati wanted an upright position behind a conventional handlebar and lots of legroom. accomplished. The upper fairing was horizontally to accommodate that bar, allowing the windscreen to with the front wheel below).

More compact hand and clutch/brake reservoirs are also

Saddle up and the Multi’s ergonomics strange at first—partly because of the forward-set pegs and thinly seat. Wind protection is except for the air blasting your taller touring screen there. Still, sitting up the wide bar provides amazing over what the front is doing—a sensation at the heart of our comments. Steering effort is while chassis feedback and are amazingly high.

Thanks to its low weight—undercutting most standards and bikes at 486 pounds wet—the flicks into corners a smaller, shorter machine. The strokes with fluidity over concrete expansion when the fork kicks than it should.


Three could hardly be more The YZF-R6 is tiny, tight and so it could be Firewire’d to your On a tight, indifferently maintained road the confidence-inspiring R6 edges of the Ducati. It’s fast, but you the extra speed by spinning the four above 10,000

The R6’s 415-pound wet weight and reflexes let the pilot change with minimal time and Decreasing-radius turns are suddenly fun as the R6 light really does right.

Meanwhile, the Multistrada is right on the taillight, having a ball breaking a sweat. The Italian is short on top-end speed and clearance—you’ll drag toes, the exhaust guard on the right and the on the left. Still, the Multi out of slow corners as only a big can, gaining ground as the R6 for the fat part of its powerband.

The Multi’s position provides a confidence-inspiring of what’s ahead, especially for riders. In addition, the Multi midcorner trajectory changes readily than the R6. So the R6 barrels on great brakes and trustworthy while the Multi booms corner to corner, grabbing an whenever the road turns

Six corners back, the Honda like a 1973 Vega full of anvils. Maybe a little harsh, but at speed you the Interceptor’s heft and relative in every turn. The linked are vague compared with the or the Multi’s.

Honda’s V-four sluggish against the supposedly Italian V-twin until the kicks in at 7000 rpm, and above. On the plus side, the is utterly stable, and it will up the pace if you insist. Still, with the other two, fast is work.

Beyond idyllic weekend swervery, the redeems itself with weather protection, a great and ergos, and perceptive aerodynamics make it a comfortable synthesis of and tour. Interceptor fans always lauded it as the ideal sportbike, and we agree. It’s for a 50/50 mix of back-road and highway though the ’03 model more tour than

Good as the Interceptor is at crossing of four state lines, we the old Interceptor’s sporting edge. under all that overweight there’s a great motorcycle to get out.

The R6 is a sportbike, if a surprisingly one. It’s small, 7000 rpm at an indicated 80 mph—and That’s the only knock it on the long and not-so-winding road.

In its element, the R6 is stellar: good humane ergos, effective and a host of details to make riding easier. Given its performance, the little YZF is great at exercises such as getting to or visiting Uncle Mert in every Easter.

People on bikes far less obliging the R6, but the Multi is in another league. Up to 90 mph, the seating position is You settle into the credit-card-thin as if you were sitting behind a feet way down there and forward, back straight and relaxed.

For anything but track use and touring, the Multistrada is nearly

We’d prefer a slightly handlebar with more and a softer seat. Hopefully the comfort saddle will provide some. Also, the new DS engine isn’t quite as as the old 900, but it’s hardly on that count.


As a sportbike—on roads, with real Multistrada sticks to the Yamaha’s on the strength of pure confidence. Ducati delivers loads of the erasing most of the R6’s edge by convincing you it won’t That’s especially true on roads, where the Multi’s low-end grunt reels in high-strung R6 horses.

The Honda? It even get to throw a punch in fight.

As a pure sportbike—with a dash of track use thrown R6 wins. Ducati maneuverability its relative lack of power, but the R6 is a sportbike. Advantage: Yamaha.

As a sport-touring bike, it’s to fault the Interceptor. Especially in of high-speed wind protection and comfort. Advantage: Honda, closely by the Ducati.

Commuting down to the Multi or the R6. Keep the option open if work is 50 or miles from home. The R6 is and nimble.

The Multi gives you a riding position, effortless and instant-on torque. The Multistrada’s downfall is those vile and wide bar. Watch out for SUV mirrors or get bark-busters.

Advantage: your pick.

You can crunch numbers all day and miss the big picture. The can’t beat the Interceptor or R6 in strongest suits in a straight They’re here as reference What the Multi can deliver is stunning back-road performance, humiliation to unwary super-sport work-week practicality and singular style.

On these merits, it’s an grand slam home Unique, and uniquely accommodating, is a motorcycle that does everything well. In English, usually means you give up than you get.

In the Multistrada, translation is different. For $11,999, you get about everything.



MSRP: $11,999

a-c 90-deg. V-twin

Valve sohc, 4v

Final drive.

Weight. 486 lb. (wet)

454 lb. (fuel empty)

Fuel capacity. 5.3

Rake/trail. 24.0 deg./3.90 in.

Wheelbase. 57.6 in. (1462mm)

height. 33.5 in. (851mm)

Front. 43mm inverted fork adjustable for spring compression and rebound damping


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