2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring Review —

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Ducati Multistrada 1200

The versatile Ducati gets of upgrades, including a revised and a semi-active suspension

Photos by Video by Mike Maez and Duke

Ducati broke a niche in the adventure-touring market it introduced the 2010 Multistrada, the rugged appeal of the class but much of the implied dirtbike-ness of the BMW R1200GS. Despite being into the A-T category, the MTS became the brand’s de facto sport-touring

More than 20,000 have been sold just 30 months, which is a number for a company that only 40,000 bikes a And of the various MTS models, it’s the S Touring version that best.

The above is important to why the long-legged Duc has been given an after less than years on the market. The list of new or retooled is extensive: cylinder windshield, fairing, suspension, traction control and ABS. says the goal of the 2013 is to further develop the bike’s ability without compromising its concept.

Ducati did an amazing job its 1198cc superbike V-Twin a much more streetable for use in the MTS and, later, the Diavel. Its key was reducing valve overlap the hi-po superbike’s 41 degrees to 11 degrees, hence its “Testastretta 11 ” However, fueling at low revs was a lumpy, especially in Sport so Ducati engineers made key changes to create the new “Testastretta 11

The “DS” indicates dual which features a second plug placed to the side of the head for more complete Further to that end is a secondary air that pipes fresh air the airbox through a reed in the cylinder heads. This the ECU to deliver a richer mixture at low and revs while still emissions regs, making of throttle less lurchy.

In the fuel injectors are now aimed to petrol directly at the inlet instead of at the wall of the intake and this greatly aids atomization rather than hard-to-digest droplets.

More the DS now responds much cleaner at low aiding rider confidence expanding the usable range of its Horsepower remains at a claimed 150 horsies (or about 132 hp at the wheel). delivery and output is varied via riding modes (Sport, Urban and Enduro).

The base retails for the same $16,995 it did in and it now includes the addition of LED low-beam that combine with the LED position lights, both of remain lit when the incandescent beams are switched on for maximum

Also new is the front fairing and a and wider windscreen that now a clever pinch-and-slide adjustment of the previous two-knob arrangement, on-the-fly tuning over its 60mm vertical range. The bin on right side of the cockpit enlarged, and its new wheels are similar to the A dual-rate shock spring a single-rate spiral for greater resistance.

In addition, the now-standard Ducati Pack gets updated. Traction Control remains to different riding modes and can be set independently to eight levels. If slip is detected, intervention is to be smoother thanks to new software can deliver as much as a 60% torque with only ignition before cutting fuel.

The ABS system is now governed by the Bosch 9ME ECU as in the Panigale, employing four sensors (both master and front and rear calipers). The brakes are linked front to with less linkage in the and Enduro modes. Rear-lift is switched off in Sport and Enduro (stoppies, anyone…?).

The rear can be skidded in Enduro, and ABS can be disabled in any Any electronic setting can be manually and stored in memory simply by off the ignition.

Upgrading to the S Touring ($19,995) gets several additions, including removable and saddlebags, a centerstand and heated But most interesting is the Skyhook suspension that replaces but fully adjustable suspenders on the version.

Ducati Skyhook (DSS) is a high-tech suspension similar to BMW’s new HP4 using electronic solenoid valves in the fork leg and the shock to actively damping circuits depending on such as road speed, application and four accelerometers around the bike. The vertical on the lower triple clamp and subframe transmit “sprung” while sensors on a lower leg and the swingarm provide unsprung

Ducati invented the Skyhook for an imaginary fixed reference above the bike acting a hook in the sky. That like the product of marketing but a more apt description is comparing DSS to an camera versus a manual as each riding mode has appropriate for each of the four-bikes-in-one modes. Or, like another marketer once said, set it and forget it!”

If you prefer customizing your ride, compression and rebound damping can be altered to one of five positions. If sounds like a small of adjustment, you’d be forgetting the automatic damping circuits actually yield a wider of settings than a conventional suspension. Interestingly, damping is at its when the key is switched off

Rear is four-position adjustable at the push of a as on the previous Ohlins DES system, to varying loads. Front must be adjusted manually atop the right fork

The Proof Is In the Ride Pudding

To out the new MTS, Ducati invited us to the S Touring model in the hills and coastline surrounding Bilbao,

Sidling up to the row of Multis, not much new except for the “matte chrome” finish that appears classy and sporty. Hidden mounts ensure a clean end when not using the bags, and the new look cool, especially the rear that is exposed by the swingarm.

Ducati Multistrada 1200

The enlarged storage bin on the right of the cockpit has a push-style latch replaces a troublesome slider previously used, and it’s a place to stash the key fob that a proximity sensor to enable ignition. An optional Garmin GPS is by a factory-supplied wire, augmenting the two sockets located below the Both hand levers are for reach.

First impressions are of a narrow waist, especially for a rig. The first bike I was fitted with an optional low that makes 6.7 inches of travel 1-inch easier to for short legs than the seat placed 33.5 high. The low version is standard in markets and is a good choice for riders, but larger pilots find the rear section upward uncomfortably.

Scrolling the ride modes and DTC settings is frustrating, as the system (controlled by on the left handlebar) isn’t intuitive. That said, any will be able to figure out after some miles in the

It didn’t take traveling than a few feet to notice the engine’s user-friendlier power at low revs. The 90-degree V-Twin now cleanly from as low as 2500 making urban crawling more pleasant. At 494 pounds the Multistrada is a relative lightweight in the ranks, and its wide handlebar and steering geometry enables reactions to scythe up traffic or a road.

The efficacy of the Multi’s new windscreen was put to the on a freeway section. It’s now taller, which helps some wind over a body, but it’s the 43mm of width that notably airflow deflection, even if not to the levels of some sport-tourers.

impressive is the brilliantly simple adjuster that can be operated just one hand while Greater wind protection is with the screen in its uppermost but I enjoyed the non-turbulent air deflected at the screen’s lowest position. comfort is good, with an satisfying rider layout puts zero strain on and provides generous legroom.

riders might find the to be a bit short front to rear, reduces …-position options.

was drenched with rain the before our ride, and the roads damp during the morning of our ride. This gave a test for the Ducati Safety which really aided confidence on the unfamiliar wet roads. In mode, DTC’s default is level 5, and it makes throttle in a corner stress-free.

Also rider confidence is the engine’s smooth response at the low end of the bar-graph With the old bike, I’d be feathering the to tame its lumpy low-end on damp surfaces. This bottom-end smoothness also widens the engine’s powerband, it to pull cleanly out of tight even in second gear.

On that subject, the Multi’s isn’t what you could slick, although the bikes had than 400 miles and not once was a missed.

Negatives are few and far between. The tang interferes with left heel when on the balls of feet, and the short causes the bike to lean far when parked. The package be improved by the addition of TFT instrumentation and control, but these are minor rather than deal

The above statement holds more water with the of the 2013 Multistrada. The only to your consideration might be the entry price. The updated will be available in North early in 2013.

Ducati Multistrada 1200
Ducati Multistrada 1200
Ducati Multistrada 1200
Ducati Multistrada 1200


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