Years sold: 2003-2006 (992cc); 2007-2009 (1078cc); 2010-present (1198cc)
MSRP new: $13,495 S-model, $11,995 standard (2003) to $19,995/16,995 (2012)
Blue Book retail value: $6695/6565 (2003) to $17,010/13,315 (2011)
Basic specs: A 992cc, 90-degree V-Twin all-rounder that weighs 487 lb. with a full 5.3-gallon tank and that made 76.7 hp at 7500 rpm and 58.5 ft.-lb. of torque at 6000 on the CW dyno. That output pushed the 1000S to an 11.87-sec./111.32-mph quarter-mile and a top speed of 131 mph. It was available in both a standard and an S-model with Öhlins suspension.
Why it won: As its name implies, the Multistrada was able to serve many diverse riding needs, from sport-touring—the category in which it won—to adventure-touring to a bit of backroad scratching to plain old standard, everyday riding. The Multistrada was introduced in 2003 but received some needed improvements in 2005 that allowed it to fully live up to its billing. It then went on to receive two displacement bumps—one in 2007, another in 2010—and a host of upgrades that have helped it earn Ten Best awards in 2010 and ’11, and an Honorable Mention this year.
From the 2005 Ten Best story: “The Bologna Boys have built the sport-bagger we would most like to spend extended weekends aboard exploring endless backroads.”
Useful resources: If you want to learn more about these versatile Ducatis than you could absorb in a month of Tuesdays, log onto www.multistrada.net. There you’ll find tech talk, repair advice, maintenance and repair info listed in a Wiki database by category, wallpapers, links to other Ducati and Multistrada sites, sale and purchase guidance, racing and a whole lot more. There are numerous other related sites, but this one would probably take you to most of them anyway.