2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo Rider Magazine

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2013 Ducati Multistrada S Granturismo Road Test

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 has a front fairing, a larger and LED low-beam and position lights. The S version gets an even windscreen, as well as LED auxiliary engine protection bars, saddlebag lids and more.

Credit: Kevin Wing

If, as the goes, four wheels the body but two wheels move the then the Ducati Multistrada snarling, …, technological de force—gives my soul whiplash. the hundreds of motorcycles I’ve over the past few years, one of a select few endowed with a mojo-maximizing X-factor that riding a transcendent experience.

I can my first ride on the new-for-2010 1200 like it was yesterday: blue sky, brilliant bike, 150-horsepower Sport roaring exhaust, high-alpine of Angeles Crest Highway. turn of the handlebar, every of the throttle felt just Riding near the limit confidence and finesse, I was immersed in a of amped-up focus, what call “flow.”

Just the handlebar and the Multistrada leans over. The pegs never down, but the centerstand scraped the a few times on the left side.

adventure-bike styling and ergonomics, a 1,198cc L-twin engine and modes that adjust output, throttle response, control and suspension damping, the Multistrada nearly clinched Motorcycle of the Year award for But it was held back by some issues, such as balky fuel delivery, a mushy brake and leaky saddlebags (on the S model), all of which were under warranty or resolved for the model year (Rider, 2010, May 2011). By offering unique brand of race-bred in a versatile, comfortable, easy-to-live-with the Multistrada 1200 became a

Hoping to build on its success, upgraded the Multistrada platform for and expanded its lineup to include the model and three S models—Touring, Peak (which replaces the and the all-new Granturismo (Rider, 2013). The Granturismo is the bike serious sport-touring Ducatisti been waiting for.

In to options common to all S models, Ducati Skyhook Suspension, a centerstand and heated grips, its bag also includes a bigger a taller handlebar, larger lids (increasing total from 58 to 73 liters), a 48-liter top luggage liners, a rider seat, auxiliary LED lights, protection bars and Pirelli GT sport-touring tires. The icing on the is special matte gray with a gray frame and red pinstripes on the black 10-spoke which match the seat All of this coolness carries a tag of $21,995—$5,000 more than the model and $2,000 more the S Touring.

The Multistrada is very a street-biased adventure tourer, in Granturismo trim with Angel GT sport-touring tires. But it rough, nasty pavement nobody’s business.

Although changes from the previous are few, improvements to the Multistrada for 2013 are many. The 1,198cc 11˚ L-twin got a dual-spark cylinder for more complete and consistent repositioned fuel injectors for vaporization, and a secondary air-injection and revised engine mapping for running, particularly at low rpm and under

At times, our test bike some cranking before it start, but on the road, regardless of rpm or mode, the Multistrada feels refined, purring quietly at speeds and responding precisely to throttle inputs. Yet, in Sport and Touring modes, it every bit of its aggressive character, the front wheel easily in or second gear and ripping out of like the Tasmanian Devil.

Claimed horsepower is unchanged at but Ducati says the engine boosted both torque and economy. On Jett Tuning’s the 2013 Multistrada spun up horsepower at 9,300 rpm and 85.5 of torque at 7,400 rpm at the rear in Sport mode, up from horsepower and 82.8 lb-ft on the model. And, over the of this test, running the premium fuel, we recorded an of 37.9 mpg vs.

35.8 mpg in 2010.

hard saddlebags with lids have 73 liters of capacity.

When it debuted years ago, the Multistrada was one of the first motorcycles equipped fully integrated electronics. riding modes (Sport, Urban and Enduro) offered settings for engine output, response and, on S models, Traction Control (DTC) and Electronic Suspension (DES). mode, for example, provided power, aggressive throttle mild DTC intervention and firm damping.

For 2013, multiple ABS have been added to the and the passive, Öhlins-built DES has been by semi-active, Sachs-built Ducati Suspension. The Ducati Safety (DTC and ABS) is now standard on all models, not just S versions, and to the eight-level DTC software make less noticeable than

The anti-lock braking system, uses the latest two-channel 9ME ABS control unit with pressure sensors, is now linked and offers three modes: (Enduro), with less intervention; ABS2 (Sport), minimal intervention; and ABS3 and Urban), with more and rear wheel lift DTC and ABS can be deactivated in any riding mode, and the will be saved even the ignition is turned off.

Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo

To stay on the leading edge of the 2013 Multistrada S models are the first motorcycles to be offered semi-active electronic suspension. As as Ducati Electronic Suspension Ducati Skyhook Suspension is even better because is adjusted in real-time rather in a fixed manner based on settings.

The DSS control unit in a continuous stream of signals the front and rear accelerometers, position sensor and ABS control and tells the electronic CDCi valves in the fork and shock how to Each riding mode has its own point”—firmest for Sport, softest for the overall range of damping but the entire range is available in any as needs require.

And within mode, DSS can be further firmed up or with two steps of adjustment in direction. Front preload be adjusted manually, but setting preload requires just a push of the button when

At the Multistrada press launch fall in Bilbao, Spain, I was but not fully convinced of the benefits by Ducati Skyhook Suspension. The gets its name from the of the bike being “suspended the sky,” maintaining overall and keeping both wheels in with the ground.

The Öhlins-built Electronic Suspension on the previous was sublime, and my first ride in on the DSS-equipped S Touring seemed a bit in comparison. But, back at months later, with miles in the Granturismo’s saddle on roads, mostly solo but two-up, I’ve seen the

The Sachs system is not quite as as the Öhlins setup, but DSS never out of sorts, and it responds to changes in speed, lean angle and surface better than any system I’ve experienced. And on embarrassing occasions when I got mid-corner, DSS helped smooth my feathers. With similar now offered on high-end sportbikes and tourers like the BMW R 1200 GS and KTM Adventure, semi-active suspension—offered with fully integrated modes—is the future.

Top trunk holds 48 liters, total luggage capacity to 121 plus storage compartments in the fairing and under the seat.

of its riding modes, Ducati’s department touts the Multistrada as bikes in one—a sportbike, a bike, an urban bike and an bike. Really, it’s one bike—a tall, adventure-styled tourer—that can be easily adapted to a of riding conditions. Changing certainly makes a big difference in how the behaves, but it isn’t a Transformer

It doesn’t adopt a crouched position in Sport mode, nor more wind protection, a seat and shaft final in Touring mode. With a front wheel and vulnerable guards with built-in signals (that cost each to replace), calling the an enduro is a bit of a stretch, especially on the with its dedicated sport-touring But as a sport tourer, it truly

Both the Multistrada and the BMW K 1600 GT, of our last sport-touring comparison May 2013), put nearly 140 horsepower to the wheel, but at 570 pounds wet the Ducati is 187 lighter than the BMW, it a much better power-to-weight All that power is not only but easy to control, though it can be dialed back in Urban and modes (to 100.9 horsepower and lb-ft of torque) for a more fuel-efficient ride.

The Multistrada’s handlebar—which is 0.8-inch higher stock on the Granturismo thanks to risers—and fairly sporty geometry give it light, handling. Ducati’s signature lightweight trellis frame to the Multistrada’s agility, and the top-shelf, Brembo brakes provide control and stopping power.

Stubby brushed-metal 2-1-2 is stylish but partly hidden by the Removing the

hard luggage the look of the bike.

Taller will appreciate the Multistrada’s position, which allows for posture, a short, natural to the handlebar and plenty of legroom. The 33.5-inch seat height adjustable, but a 1-inch lower is available as an accessory.

The Granturismo’s seat is firm but supportive, and the seat and backpad on the top trunk get marks from my fiancée only complaint was the severe angles I carried through of the corners!). One hand is all it takes to the pinch-and-slide mechanism to raise or the windscreen, which on the Granturismo is and taller than stock and is tinted.

Ducati 60 S

Wind protection is as or better than other bikes, but not as good as most tourers since they have wider fairings and Hand guards and heated provide some additional against the elements. The Givi-made and top trunk are cavernous and are easy to close and remove (though can’t be left unlocked), and use the key in the remote ignition fob that the fuel filler.

Dual 4-piston Brembo calipers a radial-pump master cylinder. brakes.

Grace notes on the Multistrada, like the LED headlight and lights, keyless ignition and lock, Brembo radial-pump and brake master cylinders, rubber inserts in the cleated storage compartments in the front and under the passenger seat, and two 12V But it has quirks, too, like that vibrate too much and signals that don’t

Also, when riding the balls of my feet on the pegs, my rest on the centerstand (left) and (right). Given the Multistrada’s and broad appeal, cruise a tire-pressure monitor and adjustable would be useful additions.

most Ducatis, the Multistrada isn’t for everyone. It has love-it or styling (overall, I’m a fan, but never warmed up to its sharp with flared nostrils), a engine with a barky and a boatload of technology that regard as too complex or simply But it has won me over with a potent of performance, handling and goosebump-inducing very qualities that made me a two-wheeled addict the very beginning.

The much-improved especially in S Granturismo trim, has realized its sport-touring potential.

aluminum 10-spoke wheels the same design as those on the 1199 Panigale superbike. red pinstripes match the seat

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Base Price: $16,995

as Tested: $21,995 (S Granturismo

Ignition: Electronic digital

Output: 360 watts max.

12V 12AH

Frame: Tubular-steel w/ single-sided aluminum swingarm

60.2 in.

Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in.

Height: 33.5 in.

Suspension, Sachs 48mm male-slider w/ electronic compression rebound (as tested), manual preload, travel

Ducati 60 S
Ducati 60 S
Ducati 60 S

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