Here’s why the Ducati Dual Sport is good for beginners


Starting a new hobby can cause a bit of undeserved anxiety. Not only is it ‘uncharted waters’, so to speak, but it can also be quite expensive (depending on which one you choose). For this reason, it is a good idea to do your research ahead of time; make sure that what you enter is what you REALLY want.

For example, buying a motorcycle. It has all of the aforementioned issues: it is expensive and somewhat dangerous, especially compared to normal cars. However, if you go ahead and get one anyway, the right bike will make all of your fears go away.

Don’t listen to some online forum pages saying that a sports bike is perfect for beginners. In reality, it is better to start smaller; whether in terms of displacement or bicycle chassis. Perhaps the best starting point (for us) is a “Dual Sport” motorcycle.

Almost all manufacturers offer some type of dual sport bike, but not all are as good as one. Ducati.

Today we want to focus on one version in particular: a Ducati Dual Sport. Here’s why it’s a great choice for beginners.

What is a dual sport?

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First of all, before we go any further, some of you may be wondering “What is a Dual Sport motorcycle, anyway?” It’s a good question; a word that novice motorcyclists might not be fully aware of.

In short, a Dual Sport is “an offshoot of the Enduro bike. Enduros are cross-country or dirt bikes with a headlight, taillight (but no brake light) and a high-gear transsexual” according to BikeBound.

However, instead of just being a repainted off-road bike, a Dual Sport is designed for both road and off-road use. Some might argue that Dual Sports is better on-road than off-road, but the differences are minimal.

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Due to its ability to drive (legally) on public roads while simultaneously having the ability to trail, it received the name “Dual Sport”.

If you have a certain level of experience in MX bikes, you will feel right at home in a Dual Sport. With a smoother suspension, an upright riding position, and a dirt-loving nature, it’s easy to mistake a Dual Sport for an improved mountain bike.

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Performance and beauty in one package

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With a Ducati Dual Sport, other motorcycles (known for their performance or their beauty) will hardly be able to hold out against the power of this Italian manufacturer. With some pedigree, a Ducati is supposed to be quick, quicker than anything else, and sexy, to boot!

Fortunately, Ducati doesn’t disappoint here either. Whichever type of Dual Sport you choose, rest assured that it will have plenty of power from the factory, especially if it is an authentic Ducati.

From what we can understand, Ducati currently has three main types of Dual Sports / Enduro: Scrambler, Multistrada and Hypermotard – the three representing different forms / power levels of Ducati’s Dual Sport range.

The Ducati Scrambler is the least powerful of the trio; mainly imitating a cafe racer or a legal off-road motorcycle. Beyond all-terrain and comfort, the Scrambler is breathtakingly beautiful. Just seeing it in the wild feels like an “blast from the past”, so to speak.

Next comes the Multistrada, the largest and best equipped of the rest. Instead of being a coffee-like unisex bike, the Multistrada is closer to a touring bike than a mountain bike. Of course, he can go off-road, but he can also take trips across the country.

Finally, we have the best of the rest: the Ducati Hypermotard. With its clean appearance, low profile and around 1000cc engine, the Hypermotard is (easily) the prettiest and fastest of the three! Whether you want to call it a dual sport, a supermoto or something in between, we will always love it for its aforementioned accomplishments!

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For status

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As we mentioned earlier, a Ducati motorcycle carries a bit of pedigree with its name. Similar to Ferrari or Lamborghini, but the bike equivalent. As such, you have a few who only choose Ducati for the perceived status gain it gives.

Needless to say, this is not the route you should be taking. Really make sure it’s something you want at the end of the day. Yes, everyone likes to have the nicest, most up-to-date thing possible, but that doesn’t do much for the driving experience itself.

In our opinion, it is much better to have a fun and fast bike than just a “well-known” bike. However, that doesn’t mean that a Ducati Dual Sport can’t be both. It is certainly possible.

However, having such a good road bike is not without its drawbacks. On the one hand, they are extremely expensive (because of the Ducati brand). Second, maintenance doesn’t come cheap either. So if you decide to go the ‘Ducati Dual Sport route’, have some extra cash lying around. You never know when it might help.

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