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!
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.
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.
£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.
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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.