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Ducati Unveils New Multistrada 1260 for 2018

 New Multistrada offers improved suspension, power, control and smoothness.

Published on 11.05.2017

The Ducati Multistrada gets an upgrade for 2018 with a new Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) 1262cc engine, new chassis, more advanced electronics, and an aesthetic update that includes new fairing panels and lighter wheels.

The new EURO 4 approved 1262cc Testastretta DVT engine is designed to give ample low-to-mid range torque for improved rideability in everyday use. With 85% of the torque available at 3,500 RPM, delivery at 5,500 RPM is 18% higher compared to its predecessor. This means the Multistrada 1260 offers the highest torque output in its class at 4,000 RPM — down low where it’s needed.

The increased displacement from 1200cc to 1260cc was achieved by increasing piston stroke from 67.9 to 71.5 mm (bore remains 106 mm). This required new connecting rods, crankshaft and cylinders. The new DVT system brings maximum output to 158 hp at 9,750 rpm and maximum torque to 95.5 ft-lbs at 7,500 rpm (up from 152 hp and 94.5 ft-lbs of torque). The exhaust header, silencer and air intake mouth are all redesigned to achieve the new levels of performance.


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Ducati Multistrada 1260 engine

Controlling the Multistrada 1260’s impressive power delivery, is made easier by a new Ride-by-Wire system that provides improved throttle control, combined with the smoother shifting offered by the DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) system. An updated chassis with longer swingarm and wheelbase, along with revised geometry up front, makes for sharper handling in the curves and ensures stability even when riding two-up fully loaded.

The Multistrada 1260 also raises the bar in motorcycle electronics thanks to its Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). The Bosch IMU controls Cornering ABS, the Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) incorporated in the full LED headlight of the Multistrada S, and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC). Both DWC and DTC (Ducati Traction Control) feature rider-settable 8-level sensitivity can be disabled. Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) is also included as standard equipment on the Multistrada 1260. Lastly, the Bosch IMU interacts with the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution control system featured on the Multistrada 1260 S.

The DSS system on the Multistrada 1260 S has now been developed even further. This evolved version includes a new Sachs fork with pressurized damper cartridge and low-friction stanchion, a sensor to control the action of the rear damper plus software that also handles data from the Bosch IMU and features new algorithms. Included as standard on the Multistrada 1260 S, the DSS platform has a 48mm Sachs front fork and rear monoshock, both electronic; this allows the DSS to continuously adjust hydraulic damper compression and rebound using semi-active control to ensure correct vehicle balance. In this way, the bike remains stable independently of road surface conditions, minimizing oscillation of the sprung mass and significantly increasing comfort and safety.

Ducati Multistrada 1260

Both the standard and S model feature a fully-adjustable suspension (front and rear) for preload, compression, and rebound. Rear shock preload is adjustable using a remote manual adjuster and the spring is progressive rate for improved riding comfort. Suspension travel is 6.7 inches (170mm) front and rear, ensuring comfortable and controlled riding even fully-loaded on dirt roads.

All models feature Cruise Control incorporated in the controls on the left handlebar, which has been recalibrated for utmost riding comfort. On the S version, a Bluetooth module is included as standard: this activates the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and can connect the bike to a smartphone for user-friendly control of basic functions such as receiving incoming calls, notification of text messages, or playing music via the handlebar controls. The corresponding information is displayed on a new TFT dashboard that offers improved user interface and ease of viewing.

The Multistrada 1260 comes with a new Hands Free system for enhanced security and also offers long maintenance intervals. With an oil change required every 9,000 miles (15,000 km) and a “Desmo Service” every 18,000 miles (30,000 km), Multistrada owners can enjoy even longer trips with full peace of mind.

Multistrada 1260 Standard Features

• Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 cc engine
• 158 hp and 95.5 ft-lbs of torque
• Suspension Travel: 6.7 in. (170mm)
• Wet Weight: 518 lb (235 kg)
• Seat Height: Adjustable 32.5 – 33.3 in (825 – 845mm)
• Bosch IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit
• Bosch-Brembo 9.1ME Cornering ABS system
• 320-mm front brake discs with Brembo 4-piston radial callipers
• Electronic cruise control
• Riding Modes: Sport, Touring, Urban, Enduro
• Ride-by-Wire throttle
• Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
• Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
• Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
• Rider seat with adjustable height
• LCD instrument panel
• Colors: Ducati Red

Multistrada 1260 S Features

• 330 mm front brake discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial callipers
• Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
• Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down
• Electronic semi-active Sachs Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS)
• Full LED headlamp with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
• 5” full color high-resolution TFT screen
• D|Air system (Multistrada 1260 S D|Air only)
• Colors: Ducati Red, Iceberg White and Volcano Grey

Multistrada 1260 Personalization Packs

Touring: heated grips, side panniers and centre stand
Sport: Termignoni exhaust, carbon fender, billet brake and clutch reservoir caps
Urban: top case, tank bag with lock and USB hub
Enduro: LED lights and crashbars, radiator guard, skidplate, kickstand base & footpegs by Touratech

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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