2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 S Review – First Ride

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By Evans Brasfield

2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 S

Editor Score: 89.75%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 14.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.75/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 8.5/10
Overall Score 89.75/100

At first blush, the upgrades for the base 2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 were mostly centered around the 6-axis Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), translating into better traction control and cornering ABS, but Ducatisti in the United States don’t have the option of buying that plain Jane Multistrada 950. Instead, Americans are forced to enjoy the premium componentry and electronic upgrades of the Multistrada 950 S. Oh how will we ever endure the slings and arrows of Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) continuously adjusting the damping while Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) renders the clutch obsolete after you pull away from a start? After riding the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 S for a couple hundred miles of the twistiest Spanish tarmac I’ve had the privilege of sampling, I can answer with certainty that the North American market will get along just fine.

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With a baseline as capable as the 937cc Testastretta 11°, Ducati didn’t really need to change the powerplant much. After all the engine is thoroughly modern, Euro 4-rated for those countries that require it, and delivers a healthy 113 claimed horsepower at 9,000 rpm. Torque fans will like the 71 lb-ft cranked out at 7,750 rpm by the two 94 mm x 67.5 mm cylinders. Two 53 mm cylindrical-section throttle bodies feed the 12.6:1 compression ratio via inputs provided by a Ride-by-Wire throttle. A new self-servo wet slipper clutch, along with its new hydraulic control system, requires less lever effort and prevents rear wheel hop during aggressive downshifts. Also new for 2019 is the the 2-1-2 unit with …read more

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