Ducati was ready to participate ahead of the market when it introduced the original Multistrada over a decade ago. Like most of its competition at that time, the original Multistrada was largely focused on strada and not intended to venture very far afield. It also made less than 100 hp and suffered from a lack of right-side cornering clearance thanks to a too-eager-to-grind exhaust shield.
The last few years have seen Ducati continue to focus on the strada while generously endowing each new generation with extra power and enhanced technology so that we now have long-legged superbikes with all-day comfort. Ducati’s competition spent the decade doing much the same, and also adding off-road prowess, a trick Ducati had pretty much shunned, until now.