Over the last few years the Ducati Multistrada 1200 has steadily transformed itself from a bulbous sports tourer into a credible off-road machine and now it’s taking another step towards the dirt. The new 1200 Enduro Pro builds on the foundations laid by the Multistrada 1200 Enduro and Ducati say the Pro is “designed for riders eager to get off-road and get exploring”, so what’s new?
Enduro’s new clothes
Like it or loathe it, a big part of the adventure bike craze is the look and that where many of the big changes come on the Enduro Pro. The whole bike has a new sand coloured paint scheme that is reflected in the new two-tone saddle. To keep the sleek looks the subframe is now painted black, as are the alternator and clutch covers. Completing the rally look and helping with a better view of the road is a low screen.
To tempt you further off the beaten path, the Enduro Pro is fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres as standard and if those tyres take you places where it all gets out of hands, the Pro has a set of crash protection bars made by Touratech. A Ducati wouldn’t be a Ducati without the sound track either, so the Pro also comes with a titanium Termignoni exhaust.
The rest of the bike is the same, so it shares the standard Enduro’s 1200cc Testrastretta DVT engine, which pumps out 160hp and 100lbft of torque. It’s also got the same traction control, wheelie control, power modes and cornering ABS. It’s also retained the comforts of the standard Enduro including cruise control, hill-hold control, a 30l fuel tank and semi-active suspension.
It’s fairly clear that the Enduro Pro has been designed to compete directly with the new BMW R1200GS Rallye, as it shares the same hardcore off-road focus while maintaining some road going sensibilities and comfort. While the electronic packages of both bikes are similar, the BMW has ‘Pro’ modes attached to its electronics that are suited towards aggressive off-road riding. In practice they work very well, the brakes especially, so the Ducati may be a little behind in those stakes. The Rallye has generated a lot of interest for BMW and Ducati will be hoping the Enduro Pro will do the same.
It also leaves the door open for a Multistrada 950 Enduro, perhaps with a 21” front wheel to compete with the equally off-road focused to compete with the KTM 1090 Adventure R. There’s been no word from Ducati about such a bike but 113bhp from a 200kg enduro bike – yes please!
Ducati say the Multistrada Enduro Pro will be available in the UK from July, starting from £18,995.
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