I had a test ride on a 2007 Ducati Multistrada 1100S a few days ago, I ve always lusted after these bikes, but new ones are far too expensive. Now that a few years have passed, used ones are starting to pop up around here, at decent prices.
I know that I am comparing apples and oranges here, but whatever.
Compared to the Versys, I noticed right away how stiff the bike is, the V is soft and plush.
While the suspension was flawless, I came away surprised at how good the V actually is in comparison. You feel more planted in corners on the Duc for sure, but the V is no slouch either. There was minimal front end dive on the Duc, something that I need to address on the V someday.
The Duc feels heavier, not as light footed as the V, and sure enough the specs say it is over 500 lbs, vs about 450 for the V. While this might be nice on the highway, zipping through town I’d prefer the V.
There is more pressure on the wrists, the bars being lower, again not as comfortable as the V. The power was decent, not neck snapping, which is a good thing, but not as powerfull as I had thought they were. I have owned a VTR 1000, and the Duc reminded me of that bike, but with more friendly ergos.( In my opinion the V makes better power than the Multi 620, a bike that I probably should be comparing to...)
The front end felt secure and planted on the Duc, proably somewhat due to more of my weight on my wrists. Seems Ducati wants more of your weight on that front end, and this is a good thing.The V is more relaxed , and the front end can feel a bit flighty at times. But I usually deal with that by applying a bit of brake before corners, or back off the power to use engine braking to settle the front end.
So all in all, a good ride, I still like the Duc, perhaps even more now, but my lust for one has been replaced with greater admiration of my Vee.