I spent the early hours of Saturday morning on Mount Seymour, riding a Ducati Multistrada for a photo shoot which will end up in one of the national magazines. (Canadian Biker?) John Valk Ducati called me and asked if I'd be interested in doing this......and the answer didn't take long to appear!
Multistrada is Ducati's answer to the dual sport market that so many other manufacturers seem to have a grip on...so now the Italian clan has their own entry.
I think I was asked because I have spent so much time on my old (now sold) BMW GS 650, and John thought the bikes were similar enough that I'd feel at home right away. I only drove it for the first time this morning, on the way to Mt Seymour from the dealership, so I was doing all the passing and lane changing I could do to get used to a new bike. Plus my trials background was helpful for the off road shots.
Aaron Steadman of the BC Beemers, and a freelance motorcycle journalist and photographer, took the pictures using a digital and a 35 mm. He also drove this bike in John Valks version of the ART course held recently, which was reserved for John's client list on a first come basis.
We did many passes on the hairpins on Seymour, scraping those soft aluminum pegs down quite rapidly. Then it was up to the top where I did a bit of off road and trials type of riding...making a few jumps and getting some pretty good air for a heavy expensive bike that belongs to someone else....sliding the bike sideways in the loose gravel, and doing some low speed balancing manouevers. This bike works amazingly well. The torque is impressive, and the top end rush feels like a race bike.
Would I buy this bike? Probably, if money wasn't an issue but it feels like quite a naked bike still, and I'd want a bit more wind protection for the long rides. I'm sure there's a big screen available, as the tank really protects the lower body from wind. The luggage available looks really nice, and the bike has a quality feel to it overall.
It's quite the little hot rod, and extremely nimble..those wide bars give amazing leverage for counter steering and make flicking the bike an easy task. The rake seems quite tucked in and probably accounts for the wonderful handling characteristics. Just my style as far as up right seating and wide bars.
Great way to start a Saturday.