2003. Multistrada 1000.
2003 marks the start of the Multistrada dynasty. With a new lease of life, Ducati has long been associated with the concept of extreme sports attitude. The 916 and the Monster have become icons, while the Supersport bikes are for the purists. But the company realises that while sports bikes satisfy the hard-core enthusiasts, the future that is developing will require more versatile models, suited to sports use but also touring, perhaps heavily loaded up with luggage. All without losing that Ducati spirit.
With its 17” front wheel (other crossovers of the time had an 18-inch solution), the newly created Multistrada promises supermotard-style corner entry and sports-style performance. Crossover yes, but with a Ducati soul and all the right elements, including the trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, 1100 cc air-cooled Desmodue engine, and a dry clutch. And a record-breaking weight of just 195 kg. The front-heavy setup seems to emphasise the speed with which it will enter the corners.