Even in its detuned state, the Ducati 1198 engine is reason enough to buy a Ducati 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).
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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.
From 2013-onwards, the 1200S (as opposed to the standard 1200 without the ‘S’) came with Skyhook suspension which reacts automatically to the riding surface you are on. The non-Skyhook bike is only a few hundred pounds cheaper on the used market so it hardly seems worth the downgrade.
Ducati Multistrada 1200S for sale
Ride DMC Motorcycles say: "This fabulous, top-of-the-range Ducati Multistrada 1200S comes with all the extras including Skyhook auto adjusting suspension, adaptable ABS and riding modes.
"It is in great condition having only covered 11,800 miles and has had a very recent service and new tyres. Full Ducati luggage has been fitted to this Multistrada, which also has a centre stand, GT screen and radiator guards.
"The bike comes with hand books, service book, the spare key and is HPI clear. We can arrange delivery to mainland UK locations for £130, or to Ireland £250."