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Ducati Multistrada 1200


year: 2013 Ducati Model: Multistrada €17250 Engine: L-Twin 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, Spark, liquid cooled 6 speed Horsepower @ RPM: 81 @ Torque @ RPM: 91 @ 7500 Mitsubishi electronic fuel system, Mikuni elliptical bodies Displacement: 1198 cc


Posted on 12.26.2012 by Sulthoni

The new Ducati Multistrada S is an attractive replica of the Multistrada that has been victorious in the The motorcycle features a sporty language which combines a form with smart and superior performance.

At the heart of the is the Testastretta 11° introduced in 2010. The is based on the Superbike 1198 Compared to its donor, has lost power in favour of improved smoothness, especially in the mid-range.

The brakes consist of Brembo callipers with four pistons and 2 pads, radial with adjustable levers, and two discs. At the back, you’ll a single 245-mm disc, thick, gripped by a Brembo with a single 34-mm It’s also worthy of mentioned that the 2013 1200 comes with Bosch 9ME ABS.

Hit the jump for information on the Ducati Multistrada S Pikes Peak.



The Pikes Peak Edition is a faithful replica of the that has been victorious in the PPIHC three years Based on the S version, it includes all the typical of Ducati’s sporting Marchesini 3-spoke wheels, exhaust and gritty carbon accessories.



At Ducati, design is much than creating an aesthetically look. Design is about exciting form, smart and superior performance.

On the Multistrada the most telling example of design concept is the simple, yet exhaust.

Both main end up straight into the single silencer, which acts as a collector box and accommodates cat converter and material. The two compact, light alloy tail pipes the silencer and are positioned low to the side to noise and heat away the passenger.

4 bikes in 1

Ducati’s concept is achieved by selecting a choice of four pre-set Modes programmed to instantly the engine character and the riding of the Multistrada 1200 — while riding. The four are made possible by combining a of class-leading technologies.

An electronic (RbW) system administers mappings to regulate power by interpreting the rider’s throttle while the world-beating Ducati Control system (DTC) eight levels of system to enhance control by reducing For 2013, ABS is also programmed to the optimum setting appropriate to the Mode selected and, for the ‘S’ Sachs electronic suspension and rear not only configures the set-up with Riding appropriate electronic adjustment, but Skyhook Suspension (DSS) now instantly reacts to additional to maintain overall vehicle for a smoother ride.


Riding Mode The Sport Mode provides the rider an adrenalin-fuelled 150hp ride a sport-oriented throttle response on the ‘S’ versions, an instant high suspension set-up with DSS to provide appropriate active in this mode. In character its Superbike heritage, the sport also changes the DTC system to level four for expert and ABS to level two for a performance-oriented interaction combined front/rear function reduced and lift-up detection for those whose ‘comfort is a little closer to the limit.

S Pikes Peak

The new S Pikes is the replica of the racing bike has the Pikes Peak International Climb race since The new Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Peak is offered in a new, red colour with white inspired by the Ducati Corse which is the same colour of the Multistrada 1200 that won the edition of the popular US race.

The S Peak features superior that enhances its style, and places emphasis on weight the extra lightweight forged Marchesini wheel rims are by a broad assortment of carbon including racing windscreen, and rear mudguards, front air side extractors and engine The dual-material seat with red stitching lends an additional touch. The sound of the exhaust is by the Termignoni carbon exhaust as standard equipment (type for EU countries only)


As an environment often requires an more user-friendly motorcycle, the Riding Mode instantly the Multistrada 1200 into the manageable, everyday transport. output is reduced to 100hp, and the on the ‘S’ versions, to a setting perfect for the maze of city streets of speed bumps and drain Once again, DSS is also to provide appropriate active in this demanding environment.

DTC is enhanced to level six to provide system intervention during the chaotic of stop-start traffic and ABS to a level three interaction for confidence with lift-up active and combined braking


Enduro Riding If adventure invites the Multistrada off the beaten track, it has the capability to off-road routes in its stride. and lightweight and with high, handlebars, serrated footrests and designed tyres, the Multistrada features an Enduro Riding which instantly produces a 100hp engine, immediately an appropriate suspension setting on the ‘S’ and reconfigures DSS to provide appropriate management. The DTC system is reduced to two for minimal intervention

and ABS to an off-road-oriented one interaction for a low-grip terrain setting with lift-up deactivated and rear wheel ABS interrupted for controlled rear end

The S Philosophy

The range-topping ’S’ versions of the 1200 feature the innovative DSS Skyhook Suspension) active system and come with equipment depending on specific There are three configurations S Touring, S Pikes Peak and S

The S Touring is ideal for those who to travel in comfort and style, spacious 58-litre side centre stand and heated

The S Pikes Peak is the replica of the bike that won the Pikes International Hill Climb giving evidence of its amazing on all terrains and confirming how the Multistrada the same racing DNA of all Ducati

The S Granturismo is the top-class tourer in the Derived from the Multistrada S Touring, the S Granturismo features a range of accessories to emphasise its road touring vocation.

The Touring Riding Mode is programmed to produce 150hp, the power characteristics are designed in a configuration with a smoother, user-friendly delivery. Active is enhanced by increasing DTC system to level five, specifically for an enjoyable and relaxing ride and ABS to a level three interaction for confidence with lift-up active and combined braking On the ‘S’ versions, the suspension automatically a set-up ideal for long touring, ensuring maximum for both the rider and passenger and DSS reconfigured to provide appropriate management, even considering the of load onboard preprogrammed the system by the rider.


Slipper clucth less effort at the lever

The wet of the Multistrada 1200 provides a feel at the lever, ensuring comfort even when the needs to shift gears

The system features an anti-hop for guaranteed stability under braking.

Power Modes

technology offers three engine mappings with torque and power delivery:

150 hp sporty delivery

150 hp with delivery

100 hp with progressive

The structural characteristics of the new second-generation 11° DS engine combined with technology made it possible to four bikes in one.

Riding Mode has a pre-set mapping, but can be adjusted and customised to rider needs.

For instance, a may change the progressive 150 hp output for the Touring Riding Mode to the 150 hp or the 100 hp output.

Crankcase — Technology

Weight reduction is a consideration also in the design of the new Testastretta 11° DS engine. Crankcases are using the Vacural® technology, maximum weight reduction, wall thickness, and increased strength.


Gearbox and drive ratio have designed for fuel efficiency and comfort with less

Oil Sump Guard

The motorcycle is capable on unpaved country and compact off-road terrain. capability is ensured by long travel and low weight and a robust, structural aluminium sump that protects the oil sump riding over bumpy

Service Intervals every

The new Multistrada 1200 has been for long-distance riding in all four Modes. This is one of the reasons why maintenance costs and time was a goal of the engineering project.

engineering and top-quality materials amazing results. For example, clearances are adjusted every km, twice the mileage as the Testastretta with great benefits for This was made possible by the improved combustion efficiency and operating temperatures of the new Testastretta 11° DS

The instrument panel includes a reminder just in case riding pleasure makes the forgetful of anything else.

11 DS

The Testastretta 11° engine was introduced on the 1200 in 2010. Derived the Superbike 1198 engine, it brilliant results when overlap was reduced from 41° of sport engines) to 11°, some peak power in of improved overall smoothness, in the mid-range.

The new Multistrada family the second generation of Testastretta 11° DS with several new features make it even smoother and tractable. Dual Spark (DS) uses two plugs per to ensure complete combustion in short time. The fuel have been relocated to aim the jet of directly at the hotter rear end of the valve, so that all fuel is

A secondary air system similar to of the 1199 Panigale has been to optimise operation and reduce combustion variability without emissions. A controlled flow of air is supplied to the exhaust duct to complete oxidisation of hot unburnt to effectively reduce hydrocarbon and monoxide levels.

With 150 hp 12.7 Kgm (124.5 Nm) torque and 10% consumption (at 90 kph), the Testastretta 11° DS sets a new benchmark for Ducati engines.


Bosch-Brembo system

The front brake Brembo radial callipers four 32-mm pistons and 2 radial cylinders with levers, and two 320-mm discs. The brake uses a single disc, 5-mm thick, by a Brembo calliper with a 34-mm piston.

These ensure benchmark-setting braking in the segment, as is typical with all

The new Multistrada 1200 comes with the new latest-generation Bosch 9ME for confident, effective braking any grip conditions. The ABS can be switched off the instrument panel and is switched on upon next key-on.

swinging arm

The single-sided swinging arm is the most elegant, yet complex component of the new Multistrada 1200. It is in a single piece with bonded cores for a sleeker contour, machined and paint The result is a beautifully sculpted, component that enhances the design of the Multistrada 1200 and superior roadworthiness.


The frame features a trellis up front with large-diameter tubing, two central cast and two rear side elements from welded tubing, by a rear load-bearing component from fibreglass reinforced plastics.


With distance touring ability among its distinctive features, the 1200 underwent an extensive study using CAD and prototype to ensure superior comfort for and passenger, also when a full load.

Rider and triangles have been to offer the utmost comfort and

There is ample space for two up with top case and side installed.

To further enhance its vocation, the Multistrada 1200’s were designed and tested to it easy to ride standing up, a benefit when riding on terrain.

Sachs active suspension

The current Multistrada ’S’ versions are equipped with front fork and Sachs monoshock, both integrated the Ducati Skyhook Suspension system. In addition to providing and rebound damping and rear spring preload adjustment either automatic adjustment with the Riding Modes or through the on-board computer the system is characterised by semi-active adjusted continually to ensure vehicle balance, so that the seems to run off the ground, gliding in the

Suspension travel is longer mm front and rear) than is for road bikes. This for a comfort ride even carrying a full load and to tackle off-road terrain in safety. On the ’S’ versions, comfort is enhanced by a DSS function that the rider to change setup and quickly to suit load and type of trip: riding rider and luggage, riding or two-up with luggage.

Lightweight components

Weight is a priority consideration in the design of all motorcycles. Weight is indeed the consideration when you want to get the riding performance and safety out of a Other conditions being a lighter bike will shorter braking distance, acceleration and require less effort.

This is why each and component has an essential design in shape is dictated by function, without compromising on strength and the capacity of the motorcycle As a result, the 1200 weighs in at 194 kg (S Pikes version), and is the lightest road touring or sport touring in its market segment ever.

front subframe

Ducati Multistrada 1200

The magnesium subframe helps shed off more weight and provides stable support to front unit, instrument panel and Its special construction has been to reduce weight up front and up on the bike, so as to further improve control. Although this is hidden from sight the fairing, its design has been down to the finest detail

The Multistrada 1200 seat an instant feeling of comfort and up your desire to ride. Two seats for rider and passenger, with great attention to and foam density, ensure comfort also on long and excellent ground reach. The grab handle is ideally with respect to seat top to ample grip space, grip and an ergonomic position.

The new Peak edition is equipped a sporty-looking dual-material rider and seat with contrast


Pirelli Scorpion tires

Pirelli has been in the project since its inception as a partner and co-designed the Pirelli Trail tires specifically for the 4 in 1 concept for the first Multistrada The Pirelli Scorpion Trail was the on/off-road tyre in the 190/55 capable of ensuring unrivalled thanks also to a special pattern in which grooves do not to the outer edge, offering stability, steep lean worthy of a true sports and the mileage you would expect of a The new Multistrada 1200 is equipped a rear tyre that a new compound with latest-generation and ensures maximum traction all weather conditions, a well as the balance between effective and mileage.

The result is a new-generation off-road tyre that the multi-purpose concept of the bike

Ducati Traction Control

An integral part of the Ducati Pack (DSP), the Ducati Control system can be adjusted to levels (four of which are in the Riding Modes). It processes the from the wheel speed to control rear wheel significantly improving performance and safety.

The system installed on the new 1200 is re-tuned for a smoother of the system, which now gives a priority to ignition delay. In of wheel-spin, the system reacts by the ignition, up to a 60% torque reduction For higher torque reduction the injection is cut off.

Each DTC level associated with the Riding Modes can be customised by the and stored from the setup

Marchesini forged wheel

The new Multistrada 1200 S Pikes boasts 3-spoke Marchesini rims with the same design as the S version of the 1199 Forged and machine-finished, these provide 2.7 Kg unsprung weight The wheel rims sport a finish and red accents reminiscent of racing tradition.


The Multistrada 1200 has two 12 V power one on each side just the rider’s seat. They loads up to a total of 8 A (fused including heated riding intercom or mobile battery The GARMIN navigator is supplied by a connector in the front section of the

Bosch 9ME ABS

The new Multistrada 1200 is equipped with the latest 9ME ABS, an integral part of the Safety Pack. This combination of safety and braking provides shorter stopping and greater stability under Three different settings in the Riding Modes are available.

to the same processor used to the ABS on the Superbike 1199 Panigale, the new 1200 now offers combined and rear braking optimised for the and Touring Riding Modes, instantly adjusts to the riding typically associated with the and Enduro Riding Modes a softer setup is preferable. The braking system uses pressure sensors (located in the cylinders and in the braking circuits of and rear callipers) to analyse performance whenever the front is operated and applies controlled pressure at the rear end to increase In certain Riding Modes, the 9ME ABS performs an anti-lift up function to optimal ground contact of the wheel.

The system integrates with the Riding Modes and has operation levels. Level 2, for the Riding Mode, ensures front and rear braking, less braking force at the and without rear wheel detection. Level 3 offers combined braking in the Touring and Modes, with rear lift detection for the utmost

Level 1 provides the utmost performance, and rear wheel detection is disabled to allow for rear-wheel lock-up.

Riders who to try out unassisted braking performance can the ABS from the instrument panel The ABS will remain disabled at the key-on and this setting can be for each Riding Mode.

Safety Pack (DSP)

The Safety Pack (DSP) is standard throughout the new Multistrada range, giving evidence of how gives top priority to road Designed to achieve superior and active safety, the DSP includes state-of-the-art 9ME ABS with three and Ducati Traction Control with eight operation

On Board Computer

The on-board consists of two sections: a large LCD with key indications and a round LCD that displays different depending on whether the bike is or moving.

During operation, the computer communicates continually the other ECUs of the vehicle a data communication line so the customer is informed of any malfunctions system problems (battery alarms, errors, etc.) in time.

Adjustable windscreen

The new 1200 is equipped with a windscreen (18 mm taller and 43 mm wider) to superior wind protection. height can be adjusted within a 60 mm through a mechanism designed for single-hand operation even the gloves on.

New LED Headlights

The new Multistrada 1200’s feature redesigned style and with ample use of LED technology. The LED low can be turned on at the same time as the high beams and significantly visibility and night vision.

The new models also sport LED parking lights and hazard which are turned on by keeping the turn indicator button for three seconds.

Ducati Suspension (DSS)

The Multistrada ’S’ versions are equipped with front fork and Sachs monoshock, both integrated the Ducati Skyhook Suspension system. This system is by active suspension control, automatically and continually adjusts to maintain a steady attitude of road conditions, reduce the of vibration transferred to rider and and significantly improves riding and stability. The name Skyhook the feel of the bike, which to be hooked up to the sky and immune to bumpy

The DSS system processes the inputs a number of sensors (vertical located on sprung and unsprung instantly and adjusts compression and damping according to selected Mode so as to minimise the vertical caused by the road and maximise comfort and stability.

In addition to vertical motion on bumpy the DSS uses the inputs from the system and the pressure sensors of the ABS to damping continually so as to minimise transfers during transition braking to acceleration and deceleration, great benefits in terms of performance.

Rear suspension preload adjustment is integrated the Riding Modes. The system the rider to select the different Modes (Sport, Touring, and Enduro), and to change setup and quickly to suit load and type of trip: riding rider and luggage, riding or two-up with luggage. The DSS customised settings and re-tunes before starting interaction.


The Multistrada 1200 is without a mechanical key. As the approaches the bike with the key in his pocket, the system will the key code within a 2-metre and enable actuation. At this a simple press of the key-on will switch on the panel, and the rider can start the engine.

The lock is electrically actuated. parking the bike, it can be actuated by the key-on button. The steering is released automatically at the next

Storage Compartsment

The new Multistrada has been designed with the of customers with a dynamic who appreciate the quality of detail.

is why is offers two storage compartments. The new 1200 features a larger compartment with push-push lid up in the right panel and a roomy 3-litre capacity) storage under the passenger seat to tool kit, owner’s or other personal belongings.

Ducati Multistrada 1200
Ducati Multistrada 1200


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