Even in its detuned state, the Ducati 1198 engine is reason enough to buy a Multistrada 1200S. As an adventure bike with genuine superbike power, it essentially invented a new class (although it probably took inspiration from the KTM 990 SMT).
The suspension and brakes are still exceptional by today’s standards and the electronic riding modes, which adapt the suspension, power delivery and traction control settings, reinvented what we thought was possible from rider aids.
The Multistrada genuinely handles like a (tall) superbike in ‘Sport’ mode but is capable off-road in ‘Enduro’ mode and has a setting for just about everything in between.
The standard Multistrada 1200 (without the ‘S’) comes with manually adjustable non-Ohlins shocks and therefore doesn’t have the same riding mode technology but it’s only a few hundred pounds cheaper on the used market so it hardly seems worth the downgrade.
What the seller says
"This Ducati Multistrada 1200S is in excellent condition, I just don’t get time to use it. It has a full service history and has just had a big service and new MOT.
"It comes with a tinted touring screen, mini tank bag, and inner pannier bags for the silver panniers (not in the pictures).
"As this is the S model, it comes with Ducati’s excellent Skyhook suspension system, traction control, ABS, and four riding modes. It also has heated grips and a centre stand. You won’t find a better bike for the price!"