DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO (2016 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£410|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 8v, L-twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||30 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£410|
|Used price||£9,500 - £15,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||160 bhp|
|Max torque||100 ft-lb|
|Top speed||150 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||296 miles|
Model history & versions
2016: Ducati Multistrada Enduro 1200 introduced, based on road-going 1200 S.
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.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO (2016 - on)
4 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£410|
Version: Multistrada Enduro 1200
Great looking bike that is good to ride when everything works. But due to ongoing niggling problems I would defiantly not recommend one.
Adjustable suspension works very well & provides multiple options. Front brake is excellent, back brake leaves a little to be desired.
Stonking engine, with very wide spread of readily available power.
No problems until it had 700 mies on the clock. Then developed a engine management fault which was rectified by the dealer. This was then followed by the fuel gauge failing, at the time of writing it has has 4 replacement fuel senders fitted & the controlling "BS" unit , but to no avail, the fuel gauge still does not work. Also had to have a fork leg replaced.
Servicing costs seem to be in line with most modern machinery.
Cruise control is a god send when touring, had heated grips fitted ( should have come as standard at this price point)
Buying experience: Purchased new through dealer who was excellent to deal with. Unfortunately they seem to lack technical expertise to rectify certain faults when they arise. ( been back 5 times with same fault)
Annual servicing cost: £600
The fact that the bike has failed on me while riding makes all the good points mute.
The ABS is touchy.
I don’t know if this is an ongoing issue but the bike is really farty and the butterfly valve sticks sometimes.
Was in and out of the shop for 4+ months with multiple problems. Brand new motorcycle!
I was expecting this bike to be expensive to maintain but a full fluid flush on a motorcycle that has less than 3k miles is insane.
The accessories are high quality.
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer for $27k
Annual servicing cost: £140
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 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 is superb, at least as good as my 1200 GS Adventure.
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.
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.
You should not have to pay for the first service.
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.
Annual servicing cost: £500
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.