Best Of The Best 2006: Italian Adventurer

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2006

In 2004, Ducati dove into uncharted waters with an all-new machine that catered to adventure-seeking riders, an emerging segment of the motorcycle market. The Multistrada—with an appearance and functionality that detoured significantly from those of the racer-based machines in Ducati’s stable—was a bike equally capable of serving as a daily commuter, sportbike, or tourer. It was an instant, albeit unusual-looking, hit.

The latest addition to the expanding Multistrada lineup is the Ducati Multistrada 1000s DS ($14,000). At 432 pounds, it is a relative featherweight among tourers. Its signature Ducati trellis frame holds a powerful, air-cooled, 992 cc Desmodromic L-twin engine that produces a robust 92 hp at 8,000 rpm. Top-of-the-line Öhlins suspension components and Brembo brakes with braided steel lines provide superior sportbike performance that, when combined with the Multistrada’s upright seating position, affords increased maneuverability and control—as well as comfort.

An impressively versatile motorcycle, the Multistrada lives up to its name, which is Italian for “many roads.

Ducati
www.ducatiusa.com
 

Photo by Kim Kumpart
The upcoming equestrian event is considered one of the top U.S. polo competitions…
Roger Bannister was the first man in history to run the mile and demolish the four minute barrier,...
Surf’s up at these top Southern California resorts that rip it on wave-riding experiences…
From gourmet s’mores to outdoor seating, these 10 items will help you camp in style…
Photo by David Lominska
The Sport of Kings returns to the American Riviera…
The GolfBoard, the Quadrofoil, and a bespoke dune buggy are among the fun-filled finds…
The 2015 Necker Open includes 36 holes and four days on Richard Branson’s private Caribbean island…
From grills to golf carts, our Father’s Day gift guide has something exceptional for every dad…
Abercrombie & Kent has organized special travel packages for the events…
The German automaker’s bike is built from super-lightweight components…