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DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 (2018-on) Review

Published: 21 December 2018

The base model is all the Multistrada you’ll ever need

DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260  (2018-on)

The base model is all the Multistrada you’ll ever need

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

If it was our money we’d save our cash over the pricier Ducati Multistrada 1260 S model and opt for the standard Ducati Multistrada 1260. On the road you don’t miss many of the extras from the S.

The same engine performance, the same fun, and almost the same comfort. Why would you pay more?

Highlights

  • Longer-stroke 1262cc motor
  • Conventional fully adjustable suspension
  • 2kg lighter and £2900 cheaper than the S model
  • Calmer chassis geometry and a longer swingarm
  • Updated rider aids

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The standard KYB forks and Sachs rear shock are impressive in all conditions. The ride is plush, but there’s enough control when you test the sporty side of the Ducati; for 90% of the time the suspension is faultless. Comfort is on a par with the pricier S model. The Brembo stoppers are a slightly lower spec, but on the road you don’t notice. Both the standard and S model share the same excellent cornering ABS.

Engine 5 out of 5

The base model shares the same new, longer-stroke 1262cc, DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing), X-Diavel derived engine as the S model, with new mapping and exhaust. This equates to 156bhp @9500rpm and 95.5ftlb @7500rpm, 6 more bhp than previously with a significant increase in torque, especially lower down in the rev range.

The new 1260 provides even more drive than before. The low down grunt is class leading, pulling hard from as little as 3500rpm. You can leave 30mph zones in fifth gear and it will pull smoothly, and it will drive with force. At low speed it's clatter free and at motorway speeds around 80mph, it’s hovering just over 4,000rpm, directly in the meat of the torque. A stunning engine. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Cycle parts are all top notch and Ducati claims improved fit and finish for the 1260. Service intervals are 9000-miles, or every 12 months.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

£2900 cheaper than the acclaimed S model and just as good on the road. You even get the same engine and chassis as the S model, but lower spec gadgets and brakes, plus the suspension is now manual, not semi-active.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The standard model has the same rider aids as the pricier S model, which includes; cornering ABS, traction control, anti-wheelie, gear-by-gear engine braking and the four rider modes, Sports, Touring, Urban and Enduro.

You also get the same keyless ignition, cruise control, self-cancelling indicators, hill-hold control and back-lit switchgear.

But you don’t get a TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity and LED cornering headlights. You also have to change gear manually as only the S model comes with the quickshifter/autoblipper.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 dash

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £14,295
Used price £11,500 to £19,800
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 156 bhp
Max torque 96 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 1262cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled 8v V-Twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 845mm
Bike weight 233kg
Front suspension 48mm KYB Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Single Sachs full-adjustable
Front brake 2x320mm four-piston radial Brembo calipers
Rear brake 265mm rear disc with twin piston caliper (cornering ABS standard)
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 190/55x17

History & Versions

Model history

  • 2010: Multistrada 1200 launched. 1198 superbike-derived motor, long travel suspension, a comfy riding position and a whole host of electronic gadgets. Standard, S and Pikes Peak versions available.
  • 2013: Multistrada 1200 S gets semi-active electronic ‘Sky Hook’ suspension.
  • 2015: Multistrada 1200 range gets Ducati Variable Timing motor, as well as chassis, styling and electronics updates.
  • 2018: Multistrada 1260: Long stroke motor from X-Diavel, calmer chassis dimensions, electronics upgrades and slight styling tweaks

Other versions

  • Multistrada 1260 S
  • Multistrada D/AIR
  • Multistrada Pikes Peak
  • Multistrada Enduro

Watch the Ducati Multistrada 1260 S motorbike review video here:

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