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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The all-new Ducati Multistrada 1200 S looks set to redefine not just the ‘adventure bike’ or ‘tall-rounder’ class, but motorcycling in general. The base package (detuned 1198 V-twin, chassis bristling with Ohlins and Brembo, loads of equipment) is good enough in itself to top the segment. But what truly takes the Multistrada to another plane is its revolutionary ‘riding mode’ system which adjusts power delivery, suspension set-up and traction control at the flick of a switch between ‘Sport’, ‘Touring’, ‘Urban’ and ‘Enduro’ modes. Motorcycling may never be the same again…

- Video review: 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Ducati Multistrada 1200’s new Testastretta 11º motor is based on the 1198 V-twin but with reduced valve overlap for a softer, meatier delivery and has a host of mods including wet, slipper clutch, new Mikuni ride-by-wire to allow riding modes, and softer compression. Main benefit is smoother delivery, while reduced top end poke (peak power is now 150bhp instead of the 1198S’s 180) is still more than enough to dust ‘adventure bike’ rivals. Doubling of valve service intervals to 15,000 miles is a further benefit.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

In ‘sport’ mode, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 handles – truly – like an 1198 superbike (albeit one with a high up riding position and wide bars); in ‘enduro’, it’s tolerable off-road, with everything in between. The Ducati Multistrada’s unique adjustability means anything (almost) is possible. Awesome!

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

If its abilities weren’t enough to convince you, the Ducati Multistrada 1200’s ancilliaries and equipment are out of this world, too. Simply, it has it all: traction control, ABS, slipper clutch, adjustable screen, high/low seat options, single-sided swing-arm, fully digitised LCD display console, even, on the Touring model, centre-stand, panniers and heated grips. If you want it, the Multistrada has, almost certainly, got it.

Ducati Multistrada 1200S (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £15,795
Dealer used prices
£10,050 (2010) - £16,130 (2014)
Private used prices
£9,540 (2010) - £14,510 (2014)
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Engine size 1198 cc
Power 150 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Ducati is getting better all the time and the Multistrada 1200 is the latest proof. Service intervals are now up to and impressive 15,000 miles and generally it’s well built. We’ve only marked it down as the Touring’s panniers are a touch on the flimsy side and its centre-stand, on the launch bikes at least, was a little crude and touched down too easily.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

£14,295 is a large amount of money, but, with the Ducati Multistrada 1200S, you do get an awful lot of world-beating bike, too. In our view, it’s worth it. But we’re also tempted by the non-electronic suspension and non-ABS base 1200 version, which is a full £3300 cheaper. Find a Ducati Multistrada 1200S for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2010: Model introduced.

Other Versions

Ducati Multistrada 1200: Base version with conventional 50mm Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock in place of electronically-adjustable Ohlins versions and no ABS, available in red or white only, £10,995. ABS version available for £11,695.
Ducati Multistrada 1200S Sport: With Ohlins DES system, carbon fibre cam belt covers, air intakes and hugger - £14,295.
Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring: With Ohlins DES system, panniers, heated grips and centre-stand -£14,295.

Specifications

Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 150 bhp
Max torque 87.5 ft-lb
Weight 192 kg
Seat height 850 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1198 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression and rebound damping (electronic)
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression and rebound damping (electronic)
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs, radial 4-piston Brembo calipers, ABS
Rear brake 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • Funny bike

    martinnovak

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have got this bike and since I bought that I am very happy. :-)

    20 March 2012

  • Not having a giraffe

    Floppyjockey

    Average rating rating is 5

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    It is quit obvious from the review above thet tis person has not had a go on the Multi S. H own both a Triumph Tiger and a Multistrada S. The difference is as follows the Multistrada has a better enging a better riding position better brakes better handling better wind protection etc. I use the Tiger for comuting and the Multi for fun, so all I can say is get one out on a test rid and see what all of the fuss is about!

    24 July 2011

  • Interesting Design

    AcadianaAggie

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is a dream bike for the U.S. in that multi mode riding is a unrealized dream. The four modes are innovative and will be copied by the Jap Bikes soon. As an engineer I give Ducati an A+ for innovation. While I don't own one yet, if I can scrounge the cash, I'll run to New Orleans or Houston and pick one up. My only reservation is the lack of a nearby dealer and the unknown ability of the Harley mechanics to work on a Ducati in Acadian. With the nortiously very bad roads in Louisiana, the various modes seem ideal with Enduro for back roads, urban for in town around Lafayette and the other two modes for the Interstate Highways here. Without Louisiana State Police interference and their Cajun Catchers, trying the top speed is a real possibility between Opelousas and Alexandria, Louisiana on Interstate I-49.

    30 May 2010

  • Your having a giraffe!

    crawsue

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    £14k+ for a 'bike that won't get you from A to B any quicker,comfier or economically than a 1050 Tiger which is almost half the price.OK so it has lots of electronic toys ,but lets be honest here ,who is it that constantly adjusts their suspension settings,etc? Buy a Tiger (or a Sprint ST 1050) and gaffer tape a Playstation onto the bars...that'll give you something to play with.As for off-road ability...just how many GS's do you think have ever had their tyres in the grass...except at the camp site.You would have to be mad to be doing ANY off-roading on a £14K 'bike...unless of course your name is Potter and you get to use it as a freebie......then it makes splendid sense!

    10 May 2010

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