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Ducati Multistrada V2 vs Triumph Tiger 900 GT: specification comparability | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Ducati’s newly launched journey tourer options some updates and enhancements over its predecessor. How does it stack up in opposition to the fan favorite from Triumph?

The Ducati Multistrada household of journey tourers are sometimes described as sportsbikes on stilts, owing to their zippy motors and sharp dealing with set-up. The most recent within the line-up is the lately launched Multistrada V2, which is actually an evolution of the Multistrada 950 that was on sale in India for plenty of years.

However, relating to middleweight journey tourers, the preferred bike within the phase had confirmed to be the venerable Triumph Tiger. A very long time fan favorite in its 800cc guise, the model made vital adjustments to the bike when it bumped up the displacement to create the Tiger 900 a few years in the past. The GT variant of the Tiger 900 is the extra street-oriented model that sits in opposition to the equally road-focused Multi V2. So, how does Italian aptitude stack up in opposition to Brit brawn?

Ducati Multistrada V2 vs Triumph Tiger 900 GT: Engine and gearbox

Engine and gearbox
Ducati Multistrada V2 Triumph Tiger 900 GT
Engine 937cc, liquid-cooled, L-twin 888cc, liquid-cooled, inline-triple
Energy 113hp at 9000rpm 95.2hp at 8750rpm
Torque 94Nm at 6750rpm 87Nm at 7250rpm
Gearbox 6-speed 6-speed

Each these manufacturers have their very own signature approaches to constructing engines, and the distinction between them is clear on this comparability. Ducati’s bread and butter is L-twin motors, and the Multistrada V2 makes use of precisely that format in a 937cc format, managing some fairly wholesome output figures within the course of. 

Triumph builds twin cylinder engines of its personal, however has grow to be famend within the trendy period for its inline-triples. The Tiger 900 goals to strike a center floor between these two configurations, utilizing an 888cc inline-triple motor, however with an uneven firing order that goals to extra carefully match the ability supply of a twin. This implies the bike has misplaced its signature buzzy howl, making approach for a extra throaty twin-like exhaust observe as an alternative. The tradeoff is that its output figures have grow to be extra accessible, making the engine higher suited to off-road functions. 

The Tiger does have a little bit of a displacement handicap, and its output figures are slightly decrease than the Duc’s, however the margins are high quality, and the Triumph can also be barely lighter, so there should not be an entire lot of distinction relating to actual world efficiency. What’s noteworthy is that regardless of its greater output figures, Ducati’s 937cc mill is not recognized for being the smoothest or most tractable on the backside of the rev vary, typically coming throughout as juddery and clattery at low rpms. The Tiger, compared, is a happier playmate within the backside reaches of the tachometer.

Ducati Multistrada V2 vs Triumph Tiger 900 GT: Underpinnings

Ducati Multistrada V2 Triumph Tiger 900 GT
Suspension (f) 48mm USD fork, absolutely adjustable (170mm journey) 45mm USD fork, adjustable compression and rebound damping (180mm journey)
Suspension (r) Totally adjustable monoshock (170mm journey) Monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound damping (170mm journey)
Tyre (f) 120/70-ZR19 100/90-19
Tyre (r) 170/60-ZR17 150/70-R17
Brakes (f) Twin 320mm discs Twin 320mm discs
Brakes (r) 265mm disc 255mm disc

The Multistrada continues to have the higher hand when it comes to specs after we transfer into the chassis division. Its greatest benefit is within the space of suspension, the place it provides absolutely adjustable items at each ends, providing you with extra scope to tune the journey and dealing with of the bike to your liking. 

The Tiger, compared, is barely adjustable in two out of three parameters at every finish. Nevertheless it does supply barely extra journey on the entrance wheel, and whereas the Multi’s chunkier tyres may give it an edge relating to on-road grip, the Tiger’s extra slender rubber ought to make it extra manageable off-road. General, the Tiger appears to have slightly extra off-road focus than the Multi, though that is the extra road-focused GT variant of the large cat. The Ducati actually has the credentials to be taken off-road itself, however whereas nonetheless making for a fairly partaking and succesful highway bike. We even discovered its predecessor, the Multistrada 950, to be a great deal of enjoyable out on the racetrack! Each bikes have dearer variants that supply absolutely adjustable digital semi-active suspension.

Ducati Multistrada V2 vs Triumph Tiger 900 GT: Dimensions and weights

Dimensions and weight
Ducati Multistrada V2 Triumph Tiger 900 GT
Seat peak 830mm 810-830mm
Wheelbase 1594mm 1556mm
Dry weight 199kg 194kg
Gas capability 20 litres 20 litres

Seat heights on each bikes are comparatively accessible, contemplating the format of those bikes. However the Triumph goes slightly bit additional by providing you adjustable seat peak that may be dropped as little as 810mm. As we talked about earlier, it is also the marginally lighter bike right here, and these two elements, mixed with the friendlier engine nature, ought to make it the extra manageable and approachable possibility of the pair.

Value and verdict

Contemplating it has the bigger, extra highly effective engine and extra refined suspension {hardware}, it ought to come as no shock that the Ducati is the dearer bike right here. The margin appears to be fairly proportionate, although – the Multi is underneath Rs 1 lakh costlier (Rs 14.65 lakh vs the Tiger’s Rs 13.70 lakh)*, which is kind of honest if you take it under consideration what it provides over the Tiger.

However that is to not say that the Triumph is an costly or poorly geared up bike in any approach. Under no circumstances. It is a well-rounded package deal in its personal proper, and each these bikes have very completely different characters if you journey them. So if you happen to’re conflicted between the 2, one of the best factor to do can be to take a take a look at journey. Take a look at our comparability evaluate between the Tiger 900 GT and the Multistrada V2’s predecessor to get an concept of the differing nature of the 2 bikes.

*all costs ex-showroom, India

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