Lightweight, comparatively reasonably priced and four boot loads of fun. The Triumph Tiger 800 Family, the Honda Africa twin and the newly launched Multistrada 950 are some of the most intense sub-1000cc on-off road adventure tourers in the world and they are all on sale in India, what a time to be alive.
The Ducati Multistrada 950 and the Africa Twin have full LCD displays while the the tiger gets an analogue rev counter. The MIDs display a wide range of information from riding modes to ABS position and what have you. Although the Ducati does also come with DMS or Ducati Multimedia system which allows you to plug in your phone.
Since all three of them come with proper off-road intent, they all get the twin LED headlamp set up and the very signature beak, although the degrees of beaky-ness might vary from the Africa Twin to the Multistrada. In that order in particular.
The Tiger comes with Twin 308 mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers.While the Africa Twin (ABS) feature 310mm ‘wave’ style, twin floating front discs with Nissin 4-pot radial calipers, the Multistrada gets twin 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad, with ABS as standard equipment
The Tiger 800 comes in four variants with varying degrees of off-road capability, the XR, XRx, XCx and the XCa. Of which the XCa is the most off-road capable, decreasing in off-road capabilities to the XR which is more of a street-tourer with off-road genes.The prices for the three range from 10.6 to 14.02 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Even though the Africa Twin is the only “automatic” gearbox of the three, it might be the most off-road oriented , considering it has the genes of the original XRV650 Africa Twin which was a Dakar rally star of its time. It will come in only one variant that retails for about 12.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Multistrada finally, the jack of all trades, is set to be a base bike and can be set up whichever way the rider intends to use it. Ducati have a sports package an urban package and dirt package according as optional extras. Interestingly, Ducati have ensured the rims can fit both the Pirelli Rally (proper off-road knobbly tyres) and the Pirelli Trails. The Multistrada also comes with a single variant that has been launched at 12.6 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
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