2006 Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS
The versatile 1000 DS is the very definition of the Multistrada concept and the direct descendent of the machine first sold in 2004. Powered by a thoroughbred engine, the 1000 DS boasts genuine sporting specifications and delivers impressive performance.
Ducati has introduced a large number of innovations on this latest Multistrada to make it more exclusive than ever, and to distance it even further from its conventional rivals. The thoroughly restyled Multistrada 1000 DS is clearly in a class of its own as a result. The latest model features a two-part nose fairing, with a screen that moves with the handlebars to improve steering angle. The tank and seat assembly is more prestigious too, and features a single, 1100 mm long moulding. A number of complex engineering challenges had to be overcome to produce this part, but the result is well worth it: a fuel capacity of 20 litres, distributed between the conventional tank and a second tank under the seat. This high-tech tank system incorporates a sophisticated roll over valve at the rear, which ensures correct fuel distribution during refuelling and as the tank empties. The electrically adjustable headlight cluster is another distinguishing feature. Finally, the sporting lines of the characteristic tail are clearly enhanced by an under-tail exhaust.
The essential dimensions of the trellis frame on the Multistrada 1000 DS, particularly the steering head rake angle and the resulting trail, come directly from Ducati's Superbikes. The centre of gravity, the bike's weight distribution (47% over the front wheel and 53% over the rear with a rider in place), and the riding position itself are typically supermotard, however. This clever mix of characteristics, combined with a wheelbase of only 1,460 millimetres, gives the Multistrada 1000 DS its unique handling.
The chassis guarantees exceptional stability at speed, as well as fantastic agility through fast bends. Expert riders will find it easy to achieve blistering performance with the 1000 DS, while the less experienced will appreciate the sensation of total confidence that the bike inspires.
The round tube trellis frame is made from high quality steel (ALS 450) for maximum rigidity and precise directional control. The suspension embodies all of Ducati's vast Superbike experience, and features fully adjustable Showa units at the front and rear. Adjustments for hydraulic compression and rebound damping as well as spring preload are provided front and rear too. The Multistrada's suspension has a longer stroke and therefore longer wheel travel than on Superbike models, to achieve a perfect balance between performance and comfort. The upside-down fork has stanchions of 43 mm in diameter. The rear monoshock is equipped with a practical hydraulic remote control to adjust spring preload even while the bike is in motion. The monoshock operates through Ducati's rising rate linkages that render seat height totally independent of suspension setting. These linkages are connected at the bottom to a prestigious aluminium single sided swingarm.
The Brembo Gold brakes are the best money can buy and like the suspension are derived from Ducati superbikes for unrivalled stopping power.
The 1000 DS is powered by the most advanced air-cooled twin on the market. This powerplant is not just an old engine that has been updated, but a brand new design, developed specifically to reduce emissions without affecting that legendary Ducati performance. Twin spark ignition has helped the new engine achieve its exceptional power, torque, and extended power band.
Engine - L-twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement - 992 cc
Bore x Stroke - 94 x 71.5 mm
Compression Ratio - 10:1
*Power - 67.7 kW - 92 HP @ 8000 rpm
Fuel Injection - Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust - Single steel muffler with catalytic converter (non-catalytic for USA version)
Emissions - Euro 2
Transmission - 6-speed
Gearbox - 37/15, 2nd; 30/17, 3rd; 27/20, 4th; 24/22, 5th; 23/24, 6th; 24/28
Primary drive - Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84
Final drive - Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42
Clutch - Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame - Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase - 1462 mm / 57.6 in
Rake - 24°
Steering angle - 35° right and left
Front suspension - Showa 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down fork
Front wheel travel - 165 mm / 6.5 in
Front wheel - 6-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front tyre - 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension - Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock; hydraulic remote pre-load control
Rear wheel travel - 141 mm / 5.6 in
Rear wheel - 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre - 180/55 ZR 17
Front brake - 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston, 2-pad caliper
Rear brake - 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
**Dry weight - 196 Kg / 432 lbs
Seat height - 850 mm / 33.5 in
Max height - 1340 mm / 52.77 in
Max length - 2130 mm / 83.9 in
Instruments - Speedometer, rev counter, scheduled maintenance warning, remaining fuel metre, immobilizer
*** Warranty - 2 years unlimited mileage
Fuel Tank Capacity - 20 l (of which 6.5 l reserve) 5.3 US gal (of which 1.7 US gal reserve)
*Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer. **The weight excludes battery, lubricants and coolant for liquid cooled models.
***The conditions of the warranty are described in the warranty booklet provided with each motorcycle.