2007 Ducati Multistrada
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The Ducati Multistrada introduces a new generation of sport bikes, capable of excelling on every road you challenge with amazing sports performance, outstanding comfort and everyday-use versatility. Ideal for a day in the mountains, the daily commute or a weekend tour, the Multistrada is aggressive like a sport bike when the road turns twisty, yet smooth and relaxed when scenery beckons.
For 2007, the Multistrada features a potent new 1100 Desmo engine with a quieter more robust 'wet' clutch, comfort enhancing vibration-isolated handlebars, and a new maintenance program that reduces costs by as much as 50% -- the Multistrada's all-round performance is better than ever.
Developed on the winding mountain roads and city streets of Italy, the Multistrada is a real-world motorcycle for real-world riders, a dream come true, a high performance sports bike that doesn't compromise comfort, versatility or practicality.
The Multistrada breaks down all the barriers. Its unique versatility is a matter of design. On mountain roads its impressive cornering performance comes by way of Superbike-grade suspension, world-class brakes and the renowned Ducati Trellis frame. For long journeys, the longer travel suspension smoothes the way, vibration isolated handlebars reduce fatigue and the relaxed riding position optimises comfort for both rider and passenger. In town the agile chassis, wide bars and broad power of the new 1100 engine make crossing busy city traffic an adventure to look forward to.
It is this extreme versatility and all-round performance that prompted US magazine Cycle World to nominate the Multistrada 'Best Sport Tourer'.
The Multistrada is available in two versions: The impressive Multistrada 1100 and, for those who demand the ultimate in sport performance, an all-conquering 'S' version, the Multistrada 1100 S.
The new Multistrada 1100 widens the horizons of all those who are 'sport motorcyclists' at heart but still want a bike they can use seven days a week. Riding a Multistrada makes every road a thrill. The punchy new 1100 Desmo L-Twin engine delivers smoother, more tractable power delivery and, coupled with a refined chassis, delivers confident handling and optimal comfort, even over long distances.
The unmistakable Ducati Trellis frame combines with fully-adjustable suspension to adapt the bike to any road condition and every riding style, while rider comfort has been further improved with new vibration-isolated handlebars.
Superb road holding, a powerful new 1100 engine and all day comfort gives the versatile Multistrada a unique personality and character in true Ducati style.
The 1100 is the latest evolution of the Multistrada concept, introduced by Ducati at the start of 2003. It contains all of the innovations that helped to make the model a true point of reference for a totally new market segment.
The characteristic two-part nose fairing, with a transparent screen that moves with the handlebars, allows improved steering manoeuvrability. The unique tank and seat assembly comes from a single moulding and provides a fuel capacity of 20 litres. One of the features on the Multistrada 1100 is the inclusion of a fuel reserve sensor. The joint action of the fuel level gauge and the new sensor guarantees a reliable and constant indication of the amount of fuel remaining in the tank at all times.
Two display management functions are new features on the 1100 model: trip fuel and auto 'light off' system. The former is an additional trip meter that is activated when the fuel reserve light is on, while the latter is a feature that automatically switches off the lights after 60 seconds of "key-on" if the engine is not running.
Other style features of the Multistrada that remain unchanged on the 1100 version are the front headlight cluster, the single-sided aluminium swingarm, the tail section and the aggressive exhaust system.
As with the rest of the 2007 range, the Multistrada 1100 fully complies with EURO 3 exhaust emissions. The lambda probe inside the muffler unit combined with a three-way catalytic converter ensure maximum efficiency. The function of the lambda probe is to detect the amount of oxygen present in exhaust gases and gauge the fuel mixture. In this way the oxygen concentration through the catalytic converter allows the correct chemical reaction and the three-way converter oxydizes the unburnt hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide and reduces the nitrogen oxides.
The renowned Multistrada chassis remains unchanged, guaranteeing exceptional stability at speed, as well as fantastic agility through fast bends, thus allowing expert riders to find it easy to achieve blistering performance with the 1100.
The round tube Trellis frame is made from high quality steel (ALS 450) for maximum rigidity and precise directional control.
The fully adjustable suspension of the Multistrada 1100 features Marzocchi forks at the front with upside-down 43mm stanchions. Adjustments for hydraulic compression and rebound damping as well as spring preload are standard.
The Sachs rear monoshock is equipped with a practical hydraulic remote control to adjust spring preload, which operates through Ducati's rising rate linkages.
The Multistrada is equipped with an exceptional braking system; two 320mm semi-floating discs at the front wheel with two 4-piston Brembo calipers, while rear stopping power is provided by one 245mm disc with one Brembo 2-piston caliper.
Starting with Model Year 2007, the entire Multistrada family benefits from new vibration-isolated handlebars, which through a pair of rubber-mounted risers contained in the specially-designed top yoke, increases rider comfort.
The Multistrada 1100 receives a boost in cylinder size thanks to an evolution of the renowned Desmodue air-cooled twin-cylinder engine. For this model the Ducati 1100 Dual Spark now has a displacement of 1078cc, which offers truly powerful torque and excellent reliability.
The new engine benefits from a bore increase of 4mm to 98mm, vs. the 1000 Dual Spark's 94mm. As a result the cylinder displacement is 1078cc, a considerable increase on the 992cc of the previous version.
This new engine now offers a power output of 95hp at 7750rpm and 10,5kgm of torque at 4750rpm. These superb values contribute to the bike's rideability and the powerful mid-range delivery of this modern air-cooled engine highlights the sporting character of the new Multistrada 1100.
The engine has been designed to comply to Euro 3 standards while, at the same time, boosting performance.
Compact, powerful and acknowledged as the ultimate expression of the Ducati philosophy of air-cooled twin design, the new 1100 Dual Spark Desmo engine that equips the Multistrada family represents the result of decades of experience and a whole series of innovations that extend from the combustion chambers to the crankshaft.
The end result is a powerful engine that is particularly exuberant in the mid-range and generally acknowledged as the most advanced air-cooled L-Twin ever designed. In addition to offering the significant advantages of an air-cooled power plant, the 1100 DS also draws inspiration from the advanced Testastretta racing engine, including the special casting techniques used to make the cylinder heads, the use of oil-pressurised plain bearings to support the camshafts, and the angles and configuration of the valves.
All this, plus the exclusive Dual Spark ignition, with its 'double flame front', offers more complete combustion, while simultaneously boosting mid-range power and reducing emission levels.
A closer look at the 1100 DS engine reveals a reduced angle between the intake and exhaust valves, one of the basic principles with which the renowned Testastretta engine was designed. This allows a more compact combustion chamber, reducing the volume and thus obtaining improved combustion. The improved efficiency of the combustion chamber allows the engine to run on a leaner air/fuel mixture without compromising performance at high temperatures and significantly reduces emissions of hydrocarbons (HC).
The camshafts are supported on oil pressurised plain bearings, which reduce the overall dimensions, the weight, and the number of moving parts, while also improving heat dispersal. The new configuration also puts the camshafts in a more direct relationship with the valves, reducing friction and stress on valve components and thus increasing reliability. In fact, although the cylinder head is more compact, it allows more space for the intake and exhaust valves, these being 45mm and 40mm in diameter respectively. Further innovations include valve seats made of beryllium bronze, a technologically advanced material that affords better heat dispersal and wear-resistance and thus maintains valve clearances more accurately over a longer period of time.
To guarantee high mid-range performance, the crankshaft, cylinders and pistons have been designed to obtain a bore and stroke value of 98mm and 71.5mm respectively. The pistons are fitted with nitrided steel rings, which give improved sealing and significantly reduce oil consumption. The connecting rods are made from a new material composition (30NiCrMo4) that has exceptional flow characteristics during forging. In cross section, the new rods are thinner side-to-side, but wider fore to aft, increasing strength and lowering weight for increased reliability and performance.
The crankshaft is of a more compact design and the oil passages have been strategically repositioned in areas less critical for its structural strength. The result is a crankshaft that is more rigid and with less flex, making for less vibration and improved reliability.
The 1100 Dual Spark engine also features a new 'wet' clutch which provides a lighter lever action, is quieter than a dry clutch and is characterised by having exceptional wear-resistance.
Thanks to an excellent compromise between performance, reliability, noise and lever effort, this clutch is ideal for sports riding and at the same time ensures a more progressive action and feel.
The overall look of the engine is further characterised by injection-moulded timing belt covers in black, high mechanical and thermal resistance plastic. The engine covers are in a new dark grey colour.
As a result of constant investment in engineering and quality control, every model in the 2007 range will benefit form a new maintenance programme in which servicing intervals have been extended, less parts are required and fewer operations have to be performed. The result is that the bike's overall scheduled maintenance costs are reduced by up to 50%.
Multistrada 1100 S
Thanks to its world-class suspension and componentry, this version is for those riders who demand the ultimate in sports performance. It is based on the Multistrada 1100, but features a number of components derived from the Ducati Superbikes, including fully-adjustable Íhlins suspension and carbon fibre highlights.
The Multistrada 1100 S is, to all intents and purposes, a production special. A bike that is capable of highlighting the sporting characteristics of a model whose winning feature is its versatility.
The 1100 S features a number of racing components including front mudguard and cam belt covers in carbon fibre, as well as exclusive variable-section alloy handlebars which, from this year, are fitted with vibration isolator mounts. The prestigious Íhlins suspension, derived from the Superbikes, brings clear benefits in terms of superior road handling as well as an exclusive quality look.
The chassis is the same as the one that has always given the Ducati Multistrada its extreme versatility and all-round performance and the Multistrada 1100 S earns its 'S' status by adding sophisticated suspension and a sporting set-up to an already high performance motorcycle. It provides true superbike performance and is capable of lightning-quick cornering and extreme riding precision.
At the front 43mm Íhlins forks with low friction TiN fork sliders, adjustable in hydraulic compression, are complemented by a fully adjustable Íhlins rear shock with remote preload adjuster for Superbike-class road holding.