Upon arriving in Cagliari airport, you immediately feel that Sardinia is a special place for a special test for the New Ducati Multistrada Enduro. Our home in Sardinia was the Ducati-transformed resort of Is Morus Relais in Santa Margherita di Pula.
The test day was broken into two parts: on road in the morning and off road in the afternoon.
The First Part, the asphalt/road test.
We started at exactly 8:30 AM and were briefed that we would begin our ride on Touring mode. The Ducati Multistrada Enduro is fitted with the Bosch IMU (inertial Measurement Unit) with Four Riding Modes (Enduro, Touring, Sports and Urban). These modes basically make your life easier in terms of setting the bike from ABS, DSS, DTC, DWC and Engine Power Mapping. Each riding mode sets the bike with default setting making your riding more fun and even more engaging as you see fit.
We rode through small villages on our way to a 70km loop on the best asphalt roads I had ever seen in southern Italy. The roads going up the mountain where small and winding, and on the way down were majestic twisties as we rode along the Mediterranean coastline. The Multistrada Enduro fitted with panniers felt very comfortable while traversing these amazing roads. I switched to Sports mode on the fly, and suddenly I felt the power increase and the stiffness change from the suspension. Throttle response was instant and fueling was smooth from all power ranges. Tank side covers made of anodized aluminum nicely covered the 30-liter tank. With this fuel capacity, you will be surely eating more kilometers per fuel load (450km/range), which is truly a good thing for long distance traveling.
On our second lap of our 70km loop, you could say that it was sweeter the second time around. By this time, I was already well accustomed to the bike; the ergonomics of this bike undoubtedly played a major part in this. Its one-hand windscreen adjustability made things much easier during sudden changes of wind protection preference.
Second Part, the off road test.
Coming off the road test, we switched to bikes now fitted with proper off-road tires: the Pirelli scorpion Rally. With my 5’11 height, the Multistrada Enduro is quite a tall bike for the average Asian rider (870mm seat height), but you have the option to get a lower seat (850mm).
Seventy-five kilometers of pure mountain trails lay ahead of us for our afternoon test. We made our way to the trails, but as soon as we hit dirt, it started to drizzle. We all stopped and switched to Enduro mode. What started as a gradual ascent turned into uphill switchbacks and single-track dirt roads. The Ducati Multistrada Enduro’s ample ground clearance (205mm) allowed the bike to go through obstacles with ease; its 200mm wheel travel (front and back) made the bike feel so at home on the rough and bumpy terrain were in. It’s really astonishing to feel well planted on the dirt with this bike; they made the Ducati Multistrada Enduro stable on any surface, thanks to the extended wheelbase and double-sided swingarm. While going up and down the mountain roads with views of the forest and coast, we made a stop at one of the highest points of Mount Maria where we soaked up the majestic view of the island of Sardinia. As we made our way down, I found the Multistrada’s brakes to be exceptional, they did not grab but modulated to a smooth stop, if needed.
The fueling of this bike was superb; the Italians hit the bullseye with this one. Low rev, high torque is a welcome thing for any weekend warrior or adventure globetrotter. Throttle response of the Ducati Multistrada Enduro was spot on with confidence-building power that translates to a smoother and engaging ride. But wait, there’s more from this beautiful bike. The Ducati Multistrada Enduro is fitted with VHC (Vehicle Hold Control); in layman’s terms, this acts like a hand brake when you are on a slope, uphill or downhill, which makes it easier for you to concentrate more on your throttle and clutch. It was amazing.
It’s really hard to find faults in the new Ducati Multistrada Enduro. Electronically equipped, ergonomically balanced for on-road and off-road use, fully installed off-road kit for the ready adventurer, the Ducati Multistrada Enduro was created with the globetrotter and true off-road riders in mind. If you fit the description, then the Ducati Multistrada Enduro could be your next best choice. Ride on!