DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200S (2010 - 2014) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £600
Power: 150 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.5 in / 850 mm)
Weight: Medium (423 lbs / 192 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £5,600 - £8,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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…

- Video review: 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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’ mode, it’s tolerable off-road, with everything in between. The Ducati Multistrada’s unique adjustability means anything (almost) is possible.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Specs

Engine size 1198cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 192kg
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 £93
Annual service cost £600
New price -
Used price £5,600 - £8,500
Insurance group 17 of 17
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

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.

Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200S (2010 - 2014)

7 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.

Review your DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200S (2010 - 2014)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.6 out of 5 (3.6/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £600
5 out of 5 Mr. Toads Wild Ride
16 October 2020 by Mr. Toads

Version: Granturismo

Year: 2014

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

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.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

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....

Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

4 out of 5 I'd recommend one to anyone
14 February 2019 by TikTok

Version: 1200S GT

Year: 2014

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

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.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

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.

Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

3 out of 5
01 September 2016 by ogri

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £200

best feature looks worst lack of smoothness at low speed

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

ride quality very good rear brake useless

Engine 3 out of 5

engine lumpy low down

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

both forks seals went at 7300 miles £380 to fix

Value vs rivals 2 out of 5

at 15000miles service cost £820

Equipment 4 out of 5

love the electronics

5 out of 5 Funny bike
20 March 2012 by martinnovak

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

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Not having a giraffe
24 July 2011 by Floppyjockey

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!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Interesting Design
30 May 2010 by AcadianaAggie

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
2 out of 5 Your having a giraffe!
10 May 2010 by crawsue

£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!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5
Value vs rivals 1 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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