The Showa rear shock gave a well-controlled ride straight away, and was improved still further by a couple of turns on the handy remote preload adjuster. The Japanese firm's forks are also multi-adjustable, and compression damping is set via an external screw that is more accessible than conventional adjusters. But it still needs a screwdriver and, while I wondered whether to stop for fine-tuning, more spits of rain on my visor meant there was no point. In town or on bumpy roads the standard suspension settings would have been fine. But how about adjusters that can be turned by hand next time, please, Ducati? Mind you, that thrilling late-afternoon chase after the speeding Forni, when the roads had finally dried out, confirmed that the Multistrada is capable of serious cornering speeds even on its standard fork settings. The new Scorpions delivered heaps of grip, too, on Sardinia's superbly smooth and almost empty (in April, at least) roads, as well as contributing to the bike's agility. And the tall, slim Ducati had enough ground clearance that only footrests and, more often, the toes of my boots touched down.