Launched at the Naza Merdeka Autofair were the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 and Monster 797, at RM85,900 and RM55,900, respectively, including GST. Both machines represent the entry-level into their respective Ducati ranges, the Multistrada and Monster series bikes.

First seen at EICMA in Milan, Italy, in 2016, the Multistrada 950 carries a 937 cc Testastretta 11, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine that produces 113 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96.2 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm. Design language for the Multistrada 950 follows the rest of the Multistrada range, and it is lighter than its big Multistrada 1200 sister at 229 kg compared to 239 kg.

Seat height is set at 840 mm, with 820 and 860 mm seats available as options, compared to the standard 825 to 845 mm adjustable unit on the Multistrada 1200. Standard on the 950 is power and four riding modes, and the Ducati Safety Pack which provides three-level ABS and eight-level traction control.

Fuel for the Multistrada 950 is carried in a 20-litre tank, and suspension travel is a generous 170 mm with a 19-inch wheel in front and 17-incher at the back. Brembo four-piston Monobloc calipers clamp 320 mm discs on the front wheel, and the rear uses a 265 mm disc.

Harking back to the original Monster 900’s roots of an air-cooled V-twin, the 2017 Ducati Monster 797 carries a 803 cc power plant that is rated for 73 hp at 8,250 rpm and 67 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. The Euro 4 compliant engine is fed by EFI with twin butterfly 50 mm throttle body.

Braking for the Monster 797 is done by Brembo M4.32 radial calipers clamping 320 mm discs with Bosch two-channel ABS as standard equipment. Front suspension is with 43 mm diameter KYB upside-down forks, while the back end is propped up with a Sachs monoshock, adjustable for pre-load and rebound.

Wet weight for the Monster 797 is claimed to be 193 kg, with fuel carried in a 16.5-litre tank. Seat height places the rider 805 mm above the ground. As part of the Merdeka Auto Fest in Naza World Auto Mall, Naza is offering special deals on cars and motorcycles till August 13.

GALLERY: 2017 Ducati Monster 797


GALLERY: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950