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Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS

The Multistrada 1000S model for 2005 features Ohlins quality suspension front and along with carbon bits like the front and cam belt covers. Also on our is the Ducati Performance Termignoni silencer. Our tester is beautiful SBK Dates Ducati Corse Superbike girl Robin

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gets into some core action with the Multistrada 1000S

It’s no the Ducati’s Multistrada 1000 DS was first introduced back in was one of our favorite motorcycles at The quirky looking. do everything air V-twin Desmo did and still everything exceptionally well. It may not been the world’s best in a particular category be it canyon off road adventure bike, bike or cross country but it was very close. But what it do is excel in everything really

No other bike on the market is capable of matching it it overall and performance. Now with the introduction of the new Ohlins suspended 1000S for 2005 the Multistrada has become so to perfect in so many categories as an overall package we at it is now, without a doubt, the best motorcycle. Period.

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It’s so good in we decided to create an award and the Multistrada 1000S our first Bike of the Year for Our congradulations go out to Ducati and Multistrada Pierre Terblanche for creating the bike. If anything can get this girl hotter than of Clive Owen and Jude Law their Calvins, its remembering weekend’s blast on the Multi S the tight canyon backroads of the Monica Mountains down to and then up Pacific Coast the Multi S throbbing contentedly me in one entity with the world and an machine.

The base model Multistrada DS is perfect as is for 90% of the people who buy it. The one common complaint from owners was the padded superbike derived seat (as opposed to passenger) left its impression on your particular on long rides or roads. It wasn’t a problem for us some of our other bikes are Superbikes and the direct connection to the was appreciated.

Now with both new model Multistrada’s the driver’s is more generously padded a great feeling foam that makes you never to get out of the saddle, yet its not so overly padded you any sense or feel of control of the The seat is now perfect for everyone.

Our concern with our base (we bought one of the first ones in back in August 2003 first released) was the stock suspension. For normal street the bread and butter Showa is more than perfect. But we are who like to tackle the twisty mountain roads at maximum dusting off our superbike buddies.

The stock forks work and really well, but their and less precise damping them just a little in attacking a corner. While out the single adjustment Showa holding down our favorite sided swingarm left from the previous generation 916-998 Superbikes, lacked the and control we wanted.

With the damping screw in its best the rear end tended to be too loose in the but with a one click turn-in on the and the damping was too stiff. Probably for carrying a passenger and luggage, but not for tuning a race bike.

the addition of race quality suspension the Multistrad’as handling is now for the other 10% of us who like to ride fast. The 43mm Ohlins forks are the same diameter as the but they feel much precise and solid with better damping control. no front end flex despite the same 165mm / 6.5 inches of

While our back the Ohlins is so spot-on in control you can’t the rear end of the bike moving or around at all in the roughest of corners. As and World Champ Eddie once told us when we his suspension engineer “The is working best when you notice or feel it moving at all.” With the Multistrada S the now works so well you don’t it at all, and you can focus completely on riding.

The Multistrada has been our favorite bike since its introduction 2 years ago. We use it for everything around town errands and to splitting traffic lanes in locked Los Angles evening to get downtown in time for a concert or It’s also a great for cross country trips, if you have the chance to stay of the and take the back roads to the beauty of the scenery and the sheer joy of riding the Multistrada.

Our most daytime trips on the Multi included riding around during World Ducati riding the length of Southern Angeles Crest Highway and for lunch in Wrightwood, to riding up Hwy 1 Los Angeles and San Francisco.

There is a line of touring accessories for the from Ducati, including side bags and a detachable storage box, plus a GPS system. For our around town trips and errands the rear rack used by the detachable storage box is a must have to cord packages to.

A minor of ours is there is no attaching on the rear sub frame to bungee packages onto the rear seat. Instead, you must the rear carrier rack necessitates removal of the attractive body panels and makes the of the bike look too cluttered.

one other significant contender in category of dual purpose which might rival the and that’s the BMW R1200GS. But we have been a fan of BMW’s sport for a number of reasons. We don’t the sideways torque reaction of the motor, nor the noticeable lift of the rear end from the driveshaft when accelerating.

Also disconcerting for us is the trademark BMW front forks which are not to compress under braking and to offer more suspension for bumps, but it makes the bike like you’re riding a with an extended front And by the front end not compressing for baking and the BMW can’t stop or corners as

Also disconcerting for spirited is BMW’s linked back and brakes and electronic anti-lock system, all deterrents to spirited riding where the BMW is too over for our likes.

Where the Multistrada S excels is on the legendary tight roads of the Santa Monica

Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS

above Malibu, California, we ride every Sunday Roads like Latigo, Mulholland and Piuma have the not so secret stomping grounds for riders for 30 years. But the tight mph corners are a handful for modern superbikes with clip-ons offer the rider no leverage for a tight corner.

Here the excels with its high motocross bars, supermoto design, longer travel for the rough road sections, and more manageable 92hp The superbike riders are forced to their throttles and cut a smooth arc the serpetine turns, while the is up in its powerband, cutting and thrusting turn to turn like a bike exploding from a Play supermoto racer and the tires into the corner, it off early, jam the secure feeling forks across the apex the throttle nailed back on this baby is sweet!

Now the Aprilia Tuono R is still the best … bike on the And on a race track or higher roads it will definetly run off the Multistrada with about 30 horsepower to the Multi’s 95 ponies. And the R is 10 pounds lighter at 415lb to the 432lbs.

But in a riding comparison to the the Tuono R actually feels and bulkier with it’s V-twin engine and higher of gravity. While the heavy and raspy superbike engine is a in a normal street riding especially in town. The Multistrada feels much lighter and is more agile, while the Ducati air cooled powerplant is easier to handle as an every day

Could Ducati improve on the new Multistrada S? Not really. There are a few nit things like the need for tie down tabs and an easy helmet lock. And the left side panel is a nightmare to and refit properly.

But as an overall for one bike that does extremely well, while excelling over its specialized in many categories of touring, sport riding and comfort, rates the new Ducati Multistrada S the overall bike in the world.

Would we like to see more of the great Multistrada from Certainly. The new 2005 Multistrada 620 now a lower cost bike a lower ride and saddle perfect for shorter men, and entry level riders on a

We’d also to see an all out performance for the racer in us: shorter travel suspension with stronger brakes, a more aggressive and front fairing, and some horsepower with the watercooled 4-valve motor. We guessing its a matter of time.

How about Multistrada Supermoto concept?

Is the next version of the Multistrada in pipeline, possibly with the new 3 110hp DS1000 engine or the 4-valve Testastretta Superbike

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