Ducati's adventure touring bike is now available with a smaller engine after the company recently launched the Multistrada 950 at this year's Milan Motorcycle Show. Lighter and slightly more compact than the 1200, the 950 gets familiar styling and packaging from its bigger sibling but sits on a new frame and rear sub-frame.

Rear quarter of the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

According to Ducati, the Multistrada 950 has a slimmer overall profile than the larger 1200. It has a lower seat height of 840mm but can be specified with 820mm and 860mm seat height options. Meanwhile the seat itself is derived from the Multistrada 1200 Enduro.

Spinning the rear wheels is a 937cc Testastretta V-Twin motor that produces 113 PS at 9000 rpm along with 96.2 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm. Power is then routed through a 6-speed transmission that comes with straight cut gears and a wet multiplate clutch system.

The underpinnings of the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

The front forks feature fully adjustable 48mm KYB dampers. The rear, on the other hand, gets a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock unit and a double-sided swingarm. Grip is provided by Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires that measure 120/70 at the front and 170/60 at the rear. It also has a staggered wheel set, with the front getting 19-inch alloys while the rear is fitted with 17-inchers.

The 2017 Ducati Multistrada in action

Other standard features on the new Multistrada 950 include a Bosch 9.1 MP anti-lock brake system with three settings, four riding modes: Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro, and an eight-level Ducati Traction Control System.