DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 (2018 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£230|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The same engine performance, the same fun, and almost the same comfort. Why would you pay more?
- 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
This bike was replaced by the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
We are braving the cold on Ducati’s new standard £14,295 Multistrada. The standard model is £2900 cheaper but you don’t get the semi-active suspension or the new TFT clock. However the fully adjustable standard suspension is impressive so far. Would you pay extra or opt standard? pic.twitter.com/Y4ffDR1w76— Motor Cycle News (@MCNnews) January 8, 2018
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
In November 2019, Ducati also introduced the '4Ever Multistrada' scheme; giving all machines in the 2020 Multistrada range a four-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
£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.
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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled 8v V-Twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||20 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||£230|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||156 bhp|
|Max torque||96 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
- 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
- Multistrada 1260 S
- Multistrada D/AIR
- Multistrada Pikes Peak
- Multistrada Enduro
Watch the Ducati Multistrada 1260 S motorbike review video here:
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 (2018 - on)
4 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 (2018 - 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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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£230|
Annual servicing cost: £300
Power, handling, comfort, all superb. Only real negatives, coming from a GS, having a chain drive seems agricultural and the plastics don’t feel as robust
Steering is lovely with loads of feedback. Brakes great. People complain about rear brakes but I’ve never found them wanting
Awesome engine. Loads of grunt, loads of power and it does 50mpg 2 up
Looks and feels lovely, but doesn’t feel as bomb proof as a GS
Equipment superb. Ride modes are impressive. Skyhook suspension is great. Loads of rider electronic aids. Love the hill hold braking and also the quick shifter is a dream to use. Luggage 1st class and you can get 2 lids in the top box
Buying experience: Dealer bought (used). Great experience
Annual servicing cost: £200
No bad points so far .Had Bikes since 1966 and this is the best to date .
Rode for 3hrs and could have done more . So comfortable
Awesome grunt .
Buying experience: Ducati dealer . Good trade in deal
Annoying vibration around 4k revs Front rotors warped at 2.8k Neutral difficult to find (may be associated with auto blipper fitted as an extra) Handling inferior to 2013 Multi - not as sharp Seat not brilliant ( will fit a Sargent seat as I did on the previous one - brilliant) Throttle very snatchy and causes bike to surge when just opening throttle a little bit - this doesn't help low speed manoeuvring and stalls common Engine pulls much better than 2013 model and more low down grunt. Although about 20 kgs heavier the 1260 seems lighter to move around garage weight must be lower down Shit back brake - fit organic pads much better Finish very good Lovely bike when you get it going but in its third iteration I would have hoped the fuelling and rear brake issues would have been resolved.
Only just got bike but excellent condition for two years old
Buying experience: Ducati nottingham excellent so far
Annual servicing cost: £190
The Ducati is a brilliant ride experience. Fantastic speed. Superb brakes.
The bike has immense power.
I love the cruise control. The standard screen is a bit noisy but I bought some spacers, which improved it. The standard seat takes some bedding in but it's great now. I love the quickshifter as an extra and the luggage, centre stand and heated grips. The hill start is a great extra too, but I think the backlights on the handlebars are just ok. It's annoying using the key for the fuel cap when the bike has keyless ignition. I still look at the bike everyday and love it. That’s what makes it special to me.
Buying experience: I bought from a Ducati dealership. Great service.