2021 Ducati Multistrada 950 S Review: First Ride

Published on 31 July, 2021

It’s a fascinating world, the one we live in today. We have mobile phones that are almost as large as tablets, our homes are our new offices, and non-tangible digital coins are the new big thing. The world of motorcycles is no different.

On the one hand, you have the likes of the Kawasaki ZX-10R, BMW S 1000 RR, and the Ducati Panigale V4, all of which have a power-to-weight ratio that puts the best of sports cars to shame.

And then you have something like the Ducati Multistrada 950 S – which is almost like a sports tourer in the shape of an ADV. Does that make the updated Multistrada a confused product that fails to make a distinct identity? Hell no! In fact, it is quite the opposite, and here’s why.

Ducati has really pushed the envelope in the handling department for all its new-age bikes. We first experienced it in the Panigale V4 and V2, and the Multistrada 950 S continues with that tradition. A lot of the credit for it goes to the Ducati Skyhook semi-active suspension.

Unlike some motorcycles that require you to struggle with tools to adjust the suspension for preload and damping, in the Multi 950 it is just the push of a couple of buttons on the handle bar. The result is an instant and noticeable change in the way the 950 S behaves.

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