is a model of motorcycle
introduced by Ducati
in 2003. The word Multistrada is Italian
for "many roads" as the bike is designed to handle asphalt as well as some unpaved surfaces. Essentially the bike is a hybrid of a supermoto
and a sport touring motorcycle
. Its upright riding position gives it a stronger appeal for those who like touring but want something lighter than a touring bike. The Multistrada competes in the same niche market as do other multi-purpose and dual-sport
motorcycles such as the BMW GS
, but even according to the owners manual the Multistrada is not intended for off-road use despite its off-road inspired design.
Designed by Pierre Terblanche
as an evolution to Terblanche's previous design the Cagiva Gran Canyon, the Multistrada has always received mixed reviews for its aesthetics. One magazine reviewer said the bike looked like a "wet cat with a large forehead".
The first version to be sold in 2003 had a 1,000 cc engine
, but a smaller Multistrada 620 cc version was introduced in 2005. The 2003 model Multistrada received most of its criticisms because of its seat, described as "a vinyl covered sheet of plywood" by Motorcyclist magazine, and windscreen that caused undue buffeting.
In 2005, the 1000DS Multistrada received an improved side stand (the 2003–2004 side stand was too short and made the bike prone to accidental tip-over),... Read More