2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Ducati Multistrada 1200

2013 Ducati Multistrada S First Ride

The Ducati is a difficult bike to categorize. as an Adventure Tourer, it has all the requisite and pieces to fit the bill, but there is no it’s so much more less). For 2013 the Bologna-based blurs the lines even with a selection of four models in the Multistrada line.

is the base Multistrada 1200 most closely resembles the model, the Multistrada S Pikes replica racer, the Multistrada S Touring and the fully loaded 1200 S Granturismo. All are built on the basic architecture, and priced $16,995 all the way up to $21,995; there is for every adventure seeking

Last week Ducati the U.S. Press in Bilbao, to sample the one of the four models the Multistrada 1200 S Touring. The models were on hand for but this particular example give the best representation

The Multistrada may not look that different but there are many to the engine and chassis.

of the abilities of the line. They all share the engine, frame and drive and all of the S models share Ducati’s new Skyhook Suspension upgrade. The is just a matter of difference in bits of carbon fiber, and wheels.

Under the threat of rain we set out Spain’s Basque county on a twisting route to see how the host of by the Italian engineers work.

The first thing that that turns a mile on the mentions is the engine. For 2013 massaged the Teststretta 11º for increased torque while smoother operation. The fuel were repositioned to spray on the hot intake valve for a straighter into the combustion chamber better vaporization. The cylinder now gets two spark plugs for a complete burn from a front that consumes the mixture quicker.

This the variation from one firing to the next, and extra fuel is at low rpm to further reduce the variation. To the rich condition used to the engine feel at low speed, a air systems releases air into the port to complete the combustion of fuel before reaching the After all these changes claims the Multi’s mill out 4.5 lb-ft more torque, a 5% increase at the peak of the torque

While the increase in performance and operation is big news, the semi-active Skyhook Suspension (DSS) is the important change to the Multistrada Three of the four models get the new suspension. The DSS uses an electric valve to control the damping of the to give a desired ride for the four riding modes Sport, Touring, Urban or

The DSS system monitors information accelerometers, throttle position and the ABS to constantly manage the damping based on the four settings. Not does the DSS

The Sachs 48mm damping is controlled electronically for and rebound automatically depending on the mode that is selected.

conform to certain modes, it continually adjusts to the immediate and riding environment. Ducati the Skyhook Suspension system the rider a comfortable ride compromising sport handling.

from technical updates the line also received cosmetic tweaks and a new adjustable Now 18mm taller and 43mm the new windscreen is adjustable up and down a range of 60mm via a simple yet “pinch and lift” adjuster. changes include Panigale wheels and headlights that LED low-beams, LED position lights and new lights. The S Touring also side luggage and a center

The Granturismo model has larger luggage, a top-case, heated a comfort saddle, LED foglights and protection bars. Carbon abounds on the Pikes Peak along with Marchesini wheels and a Termignoni carbon silencer.

Almost immediately on the you can feel the newfound smoothness on the generation Testastretta 11º, when chugging through the or being lazy on the shifter. is the hurky-jerky lumpiness when the drop below the optimum rpm. Even below rpm, the engine is smoother any Ducati to date. It makes for a more relaxing ride you just want to roll the scenery

The 2013 Ducati Multistrada S Touring is a just as much of a as before but is now smoother.

in third Adding the smoothness down low enhances the character and usability of the Downshifting is not needed for the sake of only to tap into the surge of for the wonderful 1198-derived mill. not ridden the previous version for than six months it is difficult to if the increase in torque is noticeable, but so much already on tap the Multistada’s cup

Honking-huge wheelies are always on and the rush from corner to approaches superbike standards. Urban or Enduro and the power to a softer top-end power of 100 hp rather than the 150 available on tap in and Touring. We encountered wet patches and pavement often, and the traction settings were spot on for mode and a welcome safety net turning the screws.

A new, smaller Bosch ABS handles keeping the front and wheel traction to the maximum on the brakes. For 2013 there are modes of ABS to suit the four modes. ABS 1 is the default for Enduro and is meant to work better in the thanks to reduced rear intervention.

Ducati Multistrada 1200

We didn’t get any real to test this setting as we crossed a handful of short sections. I did set it to Enduro however in the and tried to lock up the rear The Bosch unit still in fairly early for my seasoned skills. Personally I would prefer ABS to be off as the default for any dirt

Sport riders will the ABS 2 level, which is the default for Intervention is minimal at speed charging hard in the mountains, and I experienced the rear being while trying to hack the into tight downhill ABS 3 is linked to Touring and Urban and ensures the rear wheel not lift off the ground.

This didn’t feel any different ABS 2 stoppies and endos are not an option for me at press introductions. Lets call it good manners.

brings us to what you’ve patiently waiting for the evaluation of the Suspension. Short and simple it works and works well. As we out of town I immediately set to switching up the modes to see if I could feel a between them.

Without a doubt the changes each mode is marked and Each is

calibrated to that intended usage with being the most stiff and the softest. That being each model was amazingly when needed. Even in the setting the suspension was glued to the no matter the surface. As well as it not all is perfect.

I am a rider that on front-end feel to gauge my for error when entering a Because the suspension follows the so well and back to front transfer during braking is feedback from the front is slightly muted. This is notable on turn-in. That said, after about an in the saddle I gave up caring I had less feel and things got

You just have to trust the as you would traction control. As as that trust was established, the was a corner-carving virtuoso. Ducati Suspension takes electronically suspension to a new level and is unbelievably for a first generation system.

At the end of the day, I was left impressed the refined 2013 Ducati 1200 S Touring. I enjoyed the version, but was left with gripes and wants. All of those save the ABS off default for enduro, are

We have posed questions durability of Multistrada in a mixed-use and we will have to answer down the road. For now, I nothing but positive recommendations for riders looking for a do-it-all with a soul that is in its segment (or lack there Ducati set out to provide a better by keeping all of the character and passion, but it more controllable and safe for rider.

I would say the Italians a resounding success on their and Ducati needs to commence patting immediately.

Ducati Multistrada 1200


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