DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO (2016-on) Review

Published: 11 April 2016

“Ducati has created a genuinely competent off-roader.”

DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO  (2016-on)

“Ducati has created a genuinely competent off-roader.”

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Ducati has given its superb Multistrada 1200 the ‘Tonka Toy’ treatment and created a genuinely competent off-roader. Featuring 60 redesigned components, the 1200 Enduro is a bruiser of a dirt bike to rival the BMW GS, Triumph Explorer and KTM 1190 Adventure. But it still retains its exciting road manners and demolishes big miles in comfort.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

There’s no getting away from the fact that this is a big bike. The seat is an inch taller than the standard Multistrada’s and the bars 50mm higher. With its big 30-litre fuel tank it’s wide, too, so shorter riders will struggle to get both feet down at a standstill, especially off-road. It’s a bike for the taller rider, or a confident off-roader. But with its tuned semi-active Sachs suspension the Ducati irons out the road ahead and even riding over rocks, you’d swear you were on tarmac. Handling on the dirt is excellent and it’s actually pretty nimble on tricky sections. New spoked wheels (with a 19” front) are shod with dual purpose Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres and give lots of grip and confidence in all conditions. A comfortable riding position, excellent wind protection and goodies like heated grips and cruise control all add up to make the 1200 Enduro the perfect cross-continental companion.

Engine 5 out of 5

The Enduro uses the same latest-generation 160bhp, 1198cc Testastretta engine as the 1200 S with the same power, torque, Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) and engine mapping. It has a higher exhaust for improved off-road ground clearance and three extra teeth on the rear sprocket for more instant acceleration. With its DVT the smooth motor doesn’t have any of that low rev ‘clatter’ normally associated with big Ducati twins. It delivers a healthy kick at the top end and a satisfying bark through its airbox, like a big single-cylinder motocross bike.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

We’ve heard of no major problems with the standard Multistrada range, on which the 12200 Enduro is based on. Build quality and attention to detail is exceptional and service intervals are every 9300-miles with valve checks at double that.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

There’s no question you get a hell of a lot of bike for the money and it will genuine do anything and go anywhere, better than its big off-road rivals. But you’d need to be very brave to really take your sixteen grand pride and joy off-road.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The 1200 is as loaded as you’d expect and comes with a colour dash display, a full electronics package, semi-active suspension, off-road pegs and levers, a centre stand…the list goes on. You can also add an Enduro, Touring, Sport or Urban Pack to customise you Ducati even more.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO (2016-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Mr

26 July 2016 by Chris G

The multi Strada Enduro replaced a 2011 Pikes peak which looked and went superbly, but which I could not get to handle on the Ohlins suspension at all. There was a reason that Ducati introduced semi active suspension I guess. Anyway back to the... Read more Enduro, just after the first service (which I had to pay for - hmm) I was sat on the dockside in Hull waiting to tour the bike to the World Ducati Weekend and back. A suitable test for a bike which really is an uber tourer. First the bad points, within 1,000 miles I had two minor electrical glitches. The fuel gauge started playing up, initially this could be overcome by filling up on the centre stand, but eventually it gave up the ghost altogether. On leaving Southern Germany in a heavy thunder storm then engine management light came on. I guessed that this was simply down to the weather since it had not been on the day before and once the weather dried up as we entered Italy sure enough it went off not to return. Now the good stuff, the engine, gearing, suspension and riding position are superb. We did 1,500 kms in two days from Rotterdam to Misano and the bike was fantastic even loaded up with its huge panniers. It is a far better bike for real world riding that the Pikes Peak I had before and is as good as the 1200 GS adventure I had previously, but with added ommph + the sound is fantastic. AT 6'2" The screen was a little small for me a AutoBahn speeds when you are travelling all day on the bike and I would purchase a slightly bigger one if I was doing lots of high speed motorways in Germany again. It would be 5 out of 5 if it were not for the minor electrical glitches, but neither of them stopped us enjoying a fantastic ride to Italy and back.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Ride quality is superb, at least as good as my 1200 GS Adventure.
Engine
5 out of 5
The lower gearing of the new DVT engine does make the bike easier to ride whilst losing none of its potency required for the autobahn.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Two admittedly minor electrical faults in under 1000 miles is not good enough for an £ 18,000 bike (with options). When you buy a Ducati you do buy into the fact that these bikes are hand built, but that should also allow them to sort recurring problems like fuel sender items.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
You should not have to pay for the first service.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Heated grips, panniers and sat nav all very well made. However take care with the bike key in the panniers. It can be easy to snap the key if you try and close the panniers with the key. Close them first and then lock (luckily I had my spare key with me).
Buying experience

Bought from Paul at Ducati Leeds. Top bloke.

5 out of 5

MTS Enduro - first few miles.

17 May 2016 by Ducscatty

Having sold a 2010 MTS as it neared end of (a busy) warranty simply because of the potential running costs I waited almost three years for the Enduro. It hasn't disappointed. My only comment is that the bike is definitely geared for off-road use and... Read more road work feels a bit manic. You'll find yourself short-shifting often. The motor is very tractable, so it's very easy to ride, but you'll be looking for a seventh gear. I think a smaller rear sprocket would be better for those not intending to push the bike off road.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Amazing, just perfect for me. It's not a sports bike, but it's quicker than many of those. It's super-comfortable, smooth (for a twin) very little vibration and the brakes are fierce. The big rear brake is very confidence inspiring and usable on the road in conjunction with the electronics.
Engine
5 out of 5
Love the engine. The power delivery is very linear, fuelling is perfect. It's a pussycat around town and a hand grenade where such characteristics can be used safely and - ahem - legally.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No issues yet, but only 300 miles on the clock. Everything 'feels' a lot better executed than on the original MTS, something that I guess Audi have helped with.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
One surprising issue has been getting a 650 mile first service. I received the bike last week but couldn't get a service slot from the dealer until 6th June. That's three weeks away and I'll have 600 miles on the clock in a couple of days, leaving 50 miles to ride to the service. Fortunately I found a dealer who could fit me in by calling around but be aware that the wait for first dealer service could be a month. I also think that for a £17k bike the first inspection service should be free (just like cars). I'm expecting a bill of around £150 which is actually me paying so that Ducati can make sure they built the bike properly.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Houston control for the electronics and displays. Tyres are very good. Wind protection very good too, but I could do with a tad taller screen for fast road use. I didn't want the panniers but now I have them I've given in and I have to admit they are well made and useful. No use when splitting lanes of course and a bit of an air brake if you're in a hurry, but they aren't as intrusive as they look. The panniers are tight to fit and it's very easy to think you've secured the catch when you haven't. The pannier will fall off unless you give it a good tug to check.
Buying experience

The dealer was helpful and friendly, but they were very busy and there was a fair bit of confusion with delivery date and spec. I'm not complaining as they were fun to deal with and I'd definitely buy there again.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £16,690
Used price £14,300 to £17,000
Warranty term 2 YEARS
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £320
Performance
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 100 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 296 miles
Specification
Engine size 1198cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8v, L-twin
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 30 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 154kg
Front suspension 48mm semi-active Sachs
Rear suspension Single semi-active Sachs
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo calipers
Rear brake 265mm single disc with twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 19
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2016: Ducati Multistrada Enduro 1200 introduced, based on road-going 1200 S.

Other versions

Multistrada 1200 – Base model road bike.

Multistrada 1200S – Features semi-active suspension

Multistrada 1200S D-air – Links in to Dainese air bag clothing

Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak – Has lots of carbon fibre and a Ducati Corse paintjob.

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