Ducati Multistrada 1200 arrives with
more 'strada' between major services
3rd February 2010
the arrival of the new Multistrada 1200, Ducati will
reach a significant milestone in the company’s
engineering history by extending the periods between
major services on the new model to an owner-friendly
24,000km (15,000 miles).
Doubling the mileage between valve clearance inspection
has been made possible with the introduction of a
new valve seat material combined with improved combustion
efficiency and temperature management designed into
the Multistrada’s new Testastretta 11° engine.
So called because of its minimised 11° of ‘valve
overlap’ - the interval of crankshaft rotation
during which both the intake and exhaust valves are
open at the same time - the new Desmodromic power
plant not only transforms the world championship-winning
1198 configuration into a super-smooth 150hp motor
for sport touring, but also improves fuel efficiency,
emissions and cost of scheduled maintenance.
First revealed at the Milan International Motorcycle
Show in November 2009, the Ducati Multistrada 1200
combines innovative design and unprecedented technology
to unleash a four-bikes-in-one concept. Sport, Touring,
Urban and Enduro riding modes now enable a customisable
riding experience separated by just one click.
The ground-breaking design makes instant adjustment
to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic
adjustment of suspension settings and traction control
to transform the Multistrada 1200 to meet the rider’s
needs, and not the other way around.
Arriving in Ducati showrooms from early 2010, the
189kg (417lb) Multistrada 1200 is offered with optional
ABS, while the flagship Multistrada 1200 S presents
ABS and Ducati Electronic Suspension by Öhlins
as standard equipment. The 1200 S is available in
‘Sport edition’ with specific components
in carbon fibre or ‘Touring edition’ with
side luggage, heated grips and centre stand.
A long list of pre-orders for the Italian manufacturer's
latest masterpiece reflects the massive interest generated
since its official unveiling, an interest now further
enhanced by the added benefit of more 'strada' between