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Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Unveiled for 2019

The Multistrada Enduro just got bigger and meaner.

Published on 10.12.2018
After the recent announcement of BMW’s new and bigger ShiftCam R1250GS, Ducati is now following suit. Having unveiled its 1260 Multistrada range at last year’s EICMA, one thing was missing — the Enduro variant. That has changed today as Ducati pulled back the curtain revealing a 1260 Multistrada Enduro; a jump up from the previous 1200 version.

With the increase of its flagship model to a bigger Multistrada Enduro, the range continues to evolve. At the heart of the machine is a new 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine pumping out 158 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque. The new Multistrada 1260 Enduro also features major chassis and electronics upgrades and an all-new color scheme.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Adventure Motorcycle

Compared to the Multistrada 1260, the Enduro version has a six-speed gearbox with a shorter first gear to improve performance in off-road riding. To improve handling, engine calibration has been completely overhauled, with torque delivery differentiated in each Riding Mode according to the selected gear. What’s more, again with an eye to improving rider-friendliness, engine braking control is now differentiated on a gear by gear basis. To hone comfort even further, cruise control has also been recalibrated.


The new Euro 4-compliant 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT ensures outstanding pulling power right from the low-to-mid rev range. In fact, 85% of maximum torque is already available below 3,500 rpm with – compared to the torque curve on the engine that powered the previous model – a 17% increase at 5,500 rpm. This makes the Multistrada 1260 Enduro the motorcycle with the highest torque (at 4,000 rpm, the most common rev rate while riding) in its category.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Adventure Motorcycle

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Adventure Motorcycle

While the new Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro provides impressive performance, power delivery is kept under control thanks to the Riding Modes, the new Ride by Wire function, and the DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) Up & Down, which significantly improves the ride experience by ensuring precise, fluid upshift and downshift gear meshing.

The Multistrada 1260 Enduro features 19″ front and 17″ rear spoked wheels and a new electronic semi-active Sachs suspension with 185 mm of travel both front and rear. A 30-liter fuel tank gives the new machine a claimed range of 450 km (280 miles) and beyond. The riding position on the Multistrada 1260 Enduro is designed to ensure improved off-road control further aided by a lower center of gravity compared to the 1200 version. However, to ensure maximum on-road comfort, the handlebars have been lowered 30 mm and, consequently, the tank cover has been reshaped. For off-road lovers, the accessory line also includes a lower screen. To protect the engine, the Multistrada 1260 Enduro features, as standard, a new lighter aluminium sump guard with support struts connected directly to the now-lighter frame.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Adventure Motorcycle

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Adventure Motorcycle

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Adventure Motorcycle

Another as-standard feature on the Multistrada 1260 Enduro is the 860 mm high seat, 10 mm lower than the one on the 1200. The resulting downward shift in the center of gravity enhances the ergonomics, giving riders of all builds more riding confidence and improved maneuverability when stationary. To ensure all riders can put their feet firmly on the ground, an even lower (840 mm) seat is available as an accessory, as is a higher (880 mm) one, which is more comfortable and better suited to off-road riding. A lower, narrower version of the passenger seat is also available as an accessory: designed to match the rider’s seat, this makes it easier to ride the bike in a more rearward standing position.

A sophisticated new Human Machine Interface (HMI) ensures – via a 5’’ TFT color display and switch gear controls – user-friendly control of all bike settings and functions, the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) included. The DMS connects the bike to the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth, giving access to all key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music). Other Multistrada 1260 Enduro features include cruise control and a hands-free system.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Adventure Motorcycle

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Adventure Motorcycle

The Multistrada 1260 Enduro will be previewed in November at the EICMA fair in Milan and arrive at dealerships early in 2019.


• 1262 cm3 Ducati Testastretta DVT engine
• 6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
• Brembo braking system with Bosch Cornering ABS
• 320 mm front discs with Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers
• Cruise Control
• Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
• Ride-by-Wire
• Riding Modes
• Power Modes
• Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
• Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
• Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down
• Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
• Hands-Free System
• Semi-active Sachs electronic suspension (front and rear), Ducati Skyhook Suspension
(DSS) Evolution
• Full-LED headlight assembly with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
• Dashboard with 5″ TFT colour screen

Personalization Packages

• Touring Pack: heated grips, Ducati Performance aluminium panniers by Touratech plus handlebar bag.

• Sport Pack: type-approved Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni, black water pump cover, billet aluminium front brake fluid and clutch fluid reservoir plugs.

• Urban Pack: Ducati Performance aluminium top case by Touratech, tank bag with tank lock and USB hub to charge electronic devices.

• Enduro Pack: supplementary LED lights, Ducati Performance components by Touratech: engine crash bars, water radiator guard, oil radiator guard, sprocket cover, rear brake disc guard.


• Type: Ducati Testastretta DVT with Desmodromic Variable Timing, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder, Dual Spark, liquid cooled
• Displacement: 1,262 cc
• Power: 116.4 kW (158,3 hp) @ 9,500 rpm
• Torque: 128 Nm (94,4 lb-ft) @ 7,500 rpm
• Exhaust: Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
• Gearbox: 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down
• Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
• Front suspension: Sachs 48 mm fully adjustable usd forks
• Front wheel: Tubeless spoked wheel in light alloy 3″ x 19″
• Front tire: Pirelli Scopion Trail II 120/70 R19 (Pirelli Scorpion Rally optional)
• Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
• Rear Wheel: Tubeless spoked wheel in light alloy 4.50″ x 17″
• Rear tire: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 170/60 R17 (Pirelli Scorpion Rally optional)
• Wheel travel (front/rear): 185 mm – 185 mm (7.3 in – 7.3 in)
• Front brake: radially mounted Brembo monobloc M4.32-piston callipers, 2-pad, radial pump with Bosch Cornering ABS
• Rear brake: 265 mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper, with Bosch Cornering ABS
• Dry weight: 225 kg (496 lb)
• Kerb weight: 254 kg (560 lb)
• Seat height: 860 mm (880 with high seat – 840 mm with low seat)
• Wheelbase: 1,592 mm
• Fuel tank: 30 l
• Warranty: 24 months, unlimited mileage
• Maintenance service intervals: 15,000 km (9,000 miles) / 12 months
• Valve clearance: check 30,000 km (18,000 miles)

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Jake Murray
Jake Murray
October 12, 2018 9:36 am

The Enduro model weighs nearly 600#, has lowered handlebars, a 19″ front wheel, and only 7″ of suspension travel? This bike is a bit too Pavement-Princess for me!

Its 8 gallon gas tank is definitely adventure oriented though and that engine, oh my… 🙂

I wonder how this bike will stack up against the new GS1250 off-road?

I love this competition between the factories, we’re getting a slew of really great offerings!

November 5, 2018 11:33 am
Reply to  Jake Murray

Agree and awesome and love it. But, should be an EU low against calling a model Enduro or Adventure and having lights in the handguards. With n exemption if Ducati sells you spares for €10.

October 12, 2018 1:27 pm

This thing will absolutely tear up the gravel roads.

January 9, 2019 5:48 am

What a bummer and only a person with no experience in terrain would incorporate fragile and critical parts such as lights into hand guards – sorry but soooo stupid! I really wanted this bike but because if this and extreeme riding abroad am getting into simply can’t get it.

January 9, 2019 6:47 am
Reply to  David

and 19/17 wheels instead of proper 21/18 – sorry but it should be back to the drawing board and real UAT by proper off-road adventurers before selling it.

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
January 9, 2019 8:55 am
Reply to  David

Have you looked at the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R?


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