2008 Ducati Multistrada 1100
The Multistrada 1100 broadens the horizons of 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 powerful 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 a fully-adjustable suspension to adapt the bike for any road condition and every riding style, while rider comfort has been improved upon by vibration-isolated handlebars.
Superb road holding, a powerful 1100 engine and all day comfort gives the versatile Multistrada a unique personality and true Ducati character.
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 this model the benchmark for a totally new market segment.
The characteristic two-part nose fairing, with a transparent screen that moves with the handlebars, allows improved steering manuverability. 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.
Other style features of the Multistrada are the front headlight cluster, the single-sided aluminium swingarm, the tail section and the aggressive exhaust system.
As with the rest of the 2008 range, the Multistrada 1100 fully complies with EURO 3 exhaust emissions. The lambda probe inside the muffler unit is combined with a three-way catalytic converter to 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 Showa 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 a Brembo 2-piston caliper.
The entire Multistrada family benefits from vibration-isolated handlebars, which through a pair of rubber-mounted risers contained in the specially-designed top yoke, increase rider comfort.
The Multistrada is equipped with 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 exceptional torque and excellent reliability.
The 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 compared to 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 and powerful the1100 Dual Spark Desmo engine that equips the Multistrada family is 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 potent in the mid-range. 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-pressurized bearings to support the camshafts, as well as the angle and configuration of the valves.
All this; plus the exclusive Dual Spark ignition- with its ‘double flame front’- offers better 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 the emission of hydrocarbons (HC).
The camshafts are supported on oil pressurised bearings, which reduces the overall dimensions, weight, and the number of moving parts- all 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. Although the cylinder head is more compact, it allows more space for the intake and exhaust valves, which are 45mm and 40mm in diameter respectively. Further innovations include valve seats made of beryllium bronze, an advanced material that offers better heat dissipation 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 for a bore and stroke value of 98mm and 71.5mm respectively. The pistons use nitrided steel rings, which offer improved sealing and a significant reduction in oil consumption. The connecting rods are made from a new material composition (30NiCrMo12) that has exceptional flow characteristics during forging. In cross section, the new rods are thinner side-to-side, but wider side to side, increasing strength and lowering weight for increased reliability and performance.
The crankshaft is a more compact design and the oil passages have been strategically repositioned in areas less critical to structural strength. The result is a stiffer crankshaft with less flex, causing for less vibration and improved reliability.
The 1100 Dual Spark engine also features a new ‘wet’ clutch which provides a less lever pull, is quieter than a dry clutch, and characterised by having exceptional wear-resistance.
Thanks to an excellent compromise between performance, reliability, noise and lever effort, this clutch is ideal for sport 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 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 from a new maintenance program in which service intervals have been extended, less parts are required and fewer repairs have to be performed. The result is that the bike’s overall scheduled maintenance costs are reduced by up to 50%.