DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200S (2010 - 2014) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£460|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 Ducati 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 will never be the same again…
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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’ mode, it’s tolerable off-road, with everything in between. The Ducati Multistrada’s unique adjustability means anything (almost) is possible.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Ducati Multistrada 1200’s Testastretta 11º motor is based on the 1198 V-twin but with reduced valve overlap for a softer delivery and has a host of mods. 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 rivals. Doubling of valve service intervals to 15,000 miles is a further benefit.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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. 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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Pricey both new and used but you get an awful lot of world-beating bike. In our view, it’s worth it. But we’re also tempted by the non-electronic suspension and non-ABS base 1200 version, which, when new was a full £3300 cheaper. Find a Ducati Multistrada 1200S for sale.
If its abilities weren’t enough to convince you, the Ducati Multistrada 1200’s ancilliaries and equipment are out of this world, too. 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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 8v V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||20 litres|
|Front suspension||Preload, compression and rebound damping (electronic)|
|Rear suspension||Preload, compression and rebound damping (electronic)|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||£460|
|Used price||£6,200 - £9,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||150 bhp|
|Max torque||87.5 ft-lb|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||200 miles|
Model history & versions
2010: Model introduced.
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.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200S (2010 - 2014)
10 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200S (2010 - 2014) 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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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£460|
Annual servicing cost: £480
If I'm honest, I'll never need another bike. The Multistrada does it all. As it's a red Ducati, it will even satisfy the poseurs who like to get noticed. The engine and handling are sublime, but there are plasticky parts the should be binned.
Rider modes are very useful for changing engine characteristics but suspension changes are hard to detect. Brembo brakes are good, but not as impressive as the Brembos on my 2011 Speed Triple, and the exhaust heats up the rear brake fluid as the master cylinder sits too close to it, so the rear brake is weak. The girlfriend always prefers the Multi, which offers all day long pillion comfort. As an all-rounder, it's very hard to beat.
Quite civilised for a big twin at town speeds. The 1198s i had threw tantrums in traffic. Acceleration is surreal for this kind of bike, even with a passenger. Gearbox can be a little vague and you need to be firm to avoid false neutrals.
The bike has comfortably been the most reliable Duke I've owned, although it did, like the others, refuse to start at the traffic lights (I cut the engine at red lights here in Saudi to prevent overheating). The bike has lived through some very humid weather on the Gulf coast and shows no signs of corrosion anywhere. The only niggle is the plasticky handguards, which break easily.
Just did the 24k major (belts, valve clearances etc) and it came to around £500 all in at the Ducati dealer in Bahrain. Ducati parts aren't cheap so get on the web and join owners' groups on social media to save a bob or two.
For the year, the equipment is very impressive. Love the rider modes and the keyless start. The bike doesn't feel fussy about tyres, although I'm still feeling my way into a Michelin Pilot Power 2ct.
Buying experience: Bought privately with 21,000kms on the clock.
Version: 1200s Touring
Annual servicing cost: £400
Better than a VFR
Ride quality at softest Skyhook setting is endelessly sublime, and makes every trip a delight, but the thing still handles beautifully. Brakes - rear is a pain to bleed, front feels spongy even after hours of bleeding air, but has plenty of power.
All over the place. Huge torque but clattery and unpredictable (surging) below 3k needing precise throttle control, but the throttle on mine stuck at small openings so it made it a massive pain in the arse, Spraying liberal amounts of grease around the throttle bodies made it so much better, but it's still a bit of a pain at low speeds without a lot of clutch slipping. The other side is the maasive torque, ridiculously instant kick in the arse from the tiniest throitte opening (in sport), and the sweet, soft-vibration, anguid way it fluffs along when you just want to cover some miles in 100 Low mode. So much more visceral and enjoyable than any >2 cylinder bike.
I want to put 5, as it's not yet left me stranded; however, I've had to replace things like HT leads and the mid-box exhaust, plus things like the endless bleeding of brakes, the non-functioning neutral light, and sticky thottle making it horrible to ride unless fully open. Those thing stopped me from connecting with the bike, but after two years (and fixed those issues to a greater or lesser extent) I love it. It has a check engine light on at the moment, but as it's still running I ignore it.
Desmo is a constant reminder to make every ride count. no wonder the new V4 has 36k mile intervals and doesn't use belts or desmo.
The ABS and TC provide so much confidence and anxiety redicution when it's bucketing down. The headlights are astounding, The suspension is so incredibly soft, yet hold the bike's attitude so well that single gear, smooth riding is often the quickest way from a-b. The panniers (Touring model) carry enough for a week's food shopping and detach/attach very quickly. The dash is clear (although I still prefer a dial for revs). Heated grips have never worked for me, and it it had onoly done 21k miles when I got it. Neutral light only works when the engine is cold.
Annual servicing cost: £200
Great riding experience but typically Italian electronic issues
Front brake brilliant Back brake keeps getting air in the system
Loads of power & torque Not great fuel efficiency but who cares with that amount of power
Gear selector broke Fuel gauge failed Exhaust valve ceased
Not with dealer Local bike garage with ex Ducati mechanic
Great heated grips Very expensive hard luggage
Buying experience: Good Gave a good part ex price but too expensive on hard luggage They do a rear rack extender that if you buy the top plate only is much cheaper Will need to drill holes for fitting though
Annual servicing cost: £1,000
Super comfortable for a high performance MC, and great fun squid hunting on when fitted with Michelin Power RS's. More enjoyable than my bonkers KTM Duke 1290R which sits lonely in the garage most weekends now that I have the MTS for the best roads in SoCal.
Brakes are excellent and in touring setting prevent front dive which is really confidence inspiring. Touring setting with 150 Hi setting is simply fantastic all around. Sport setting good for super smooth roads, otherwise it just feels harsh. Touring better for most back road and fwy conditions.
Have a 2014 so great torque and HP, not the dreaded and incurable mid-range bog of the 2015-17's. My friend has a 1260S. Mine handles better due to the shorter WB and feels better in the mid-range, though his is stronger on top slightly. Frankly, I prefer the character of the 13-14's vs the more boring/sanitized feel of the later models. TBD on the V4 -- will know soon on that one.
No issues whatsoever. Valve service at 15,000 miles is absurdly expensive, but overall worth it due to the joy the MTS provides for riding very fast and very comfortably.
Bought mine GT used, at about 35 cents on the dollar so it was an AMAZING value. New, not so much. Huge depreciation, but unbeatable as a 3-5 year old used bike -- just make sure to get one with less than 8,000 miles or one that's had the $2,000 valve/belt service done. Lots of used ones for sale with 12-14,000 miles....I wonder why....
Electronic suspension make traditionally set up bike seem "quaint" in comparison. Love love love the Skyhook -- transforms riding with an incredible blend of performance and comfort.
Buying experience: Privately. Bought a perfect red '14 GT for $9000 with 6K miles w service records. Needed $450 worth of Michelin Pilots and she's better than new.
Version: 1200S GT
I purchased a four-year-old used Multistrada with 16k miles. Overall, I am extremely happy with the bike. The build quality is very good, the performance is blistering and the dealer support is good. Best features: the ride, the build quality and the long service interval. Riding modes and suspension modes are a great feature. Worst feature: a little snatchy when pulling away.
At speed, the bike is sublime, it can do a bit of everything (well) and stop quickly. Low speed handling is good, but I am very aware of the height of the bike. It can be a little snatchy at low speeds, but I am unsure as to the cause of this (chain, fuelling, something else), the internet has too many opinions. I was always sceptical of ABS until I had to use it anger. My wife and I can go over 150 miles, before needing a break.
It's brilliant, especially in sport mode. There is more than enough power, but it never feels like it's going to break free from your control. The V-twin is brilliant and much more engaging than an inline 4. My Honda Blackbird had the same peak power, but was much 'steadier' and not as engaging.
Overall, I am very happy with the bike, my only quibbles would be surface corrosion on the brake banjos and under the seat. Otherwise, the plastics, electronics, seat, and anodised parts are all 'as new' after four years. I have only given it 4/5 because the fuel gauge float had to be replaced (free of charge) and the remote key got damp which caused temporary issues.
I've not had the bike long enough for a service. Apparently the chain and sprockets need to be changed every 10k miles. That's around £350 at the main dealer. The valve service interval is 15k miles and I'm happy with that.
I bought the GT version, with the large panniers, top box, engine bars and spot lights. For two-up touring, it's a good choice. The only item I have added to the bike is the Ducati SatNav for touring. I can't think of any other additions the bike needs. I also have the Termignoni silencer which adds a nice rasp in Sport mode.
Buying experience: I purchased it from Ducati Ashford, a pleasant and easy experience, with everyone doing what they said they would do and no nasty surprises. In October 2018, I paid £9500 for a 2014 1200S GT, with FDSH and a one year Ducati warranty.
Annual servicing cost: £200
best feature looks worst lack of smoothness at low speed
ride quality very good rear brake useless
engine lumpy low down
both forks seals went at 7300 miles £380 to fix
at 15000miles service cost £820
love the electronics
I have got this bike and since I bought that I am very happy. :-)
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!
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.
£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!