Ducati MTS1200 Multistrada S Ash On Bikes

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Ducati MTS1200 Multistrada S

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It needs an introduction, does it? The Multistrada is the most hotly intensely discussed new motorcycle okay, since the Honda

That was only a very while ago, but still of these machines have an exceptional amount of interest. The VFR was hung out to dry by Honda`s own publicity it didn`t quite live up the expectations, on top of which it failed in key points in its quest to be all bikes to all All it takes, after all, is one like the VFR`s inadequate range, and the rest ceases to

So has the Bologna factory slipped up? you love the Ducati Multistrada, Alright, no teasing, you`ll scroll down to the end anyway: the MTS does exactly what it on the box.

It`s not flawless, but it is a clever and accomplished motorcycle is more likely to do what had promised of the VFR (test here) . motorcycling in the next decade.

the bike is clearly aimed at the trail market sector then dominated by BMW with the GS (2010 BMW R1200GS test . it aims to bring with it a new level of sportiness and high not previously considered possible. And only due to developments in automotive that it has become possible. The features four basic modes, which I`ll in more detail in a separate Sport, Touring, Urban and

These are selected by using the kill button to navigate a in the circular sub-section of the high dash.

In Sport, the engine 148bhp with an aggressive action, the suspension is firmed up and the control is backed off to intervene In Touring the power remains the but it`s introduced more by the twistgrip, the suspension is softer and the control are keener. Urban and bring the power down to with appropriate adjustments to the suspension and wheel control

Ducati had been hoping to change the ABS parameters according to but for now at least this doesn’t though it’s a possible development.

The suspension is more sophisticated BMW`s ESA II in two ways: first, the and compression damping are adjusted as each has its own controlling stepper where the German system just one motor to control simultaneously. Secondly, it`s to modify the default settings in mode to your personal The system uses 5-25 out of a of 30 damping settings, so you can make the firmer for example in Sports if you wish, and it will remember settings, or if you get muddled, you can reset to

My test bike was in Sport when I swung a leg across it and down into the GS-alike position, comfortably in the bike than perched atop it. The though is much closer the GS`s, almost disconcertingly so you`re moving around the to set yourself up for corners. Ignition is all you do is slide the kill switch and the dash activates in a high flurry of lights and colours.

the switch up to reveal the starter press that and the 1198cc churns into life, and thumping as it should. There`s no clutch rattle as the MTS 1200 has a durable wet clutch, using its self servo design the torque of the engine squeezes the together under load, lighter springs can be used. The action is 25 per cent lighter the 1198`s in fact, and is an easy pull in.

First engages a bit of effort and a clunk, and the bike away smoothly, with low speed balance and easy from the wide bars. out onto the road, pick up the and turn the twistgrip to see how it reacts- if got more than 4,000rpm in, the bike punches forward shocking force, instant, and nonchalantly lifting the front No boxer twin ever did like this-

There`s mid-range torque than the and that`s hardly lacking in respect. The Multistrada carries weight of course, but not enough to its near-superbike performance. And it keeps on fading more as the revs than the 1198, but still out with the speedo the far side of

Stability isn`t quite bike, thanks to that travel suspension with 170mm (6.7in) travel at end, but even at these speeds it`s just a bit rather than properly The feeling starts from 100mph, but to put it in perspective, this is by far the accurately tracking bike in the it`s just that it to be compared with full-on bikes.

There`s plenty of available from the brakes but you do to squeeze them smoothly than grab- it`s fork travel again, the front to dive down and then, especially if the road`s to trigger the ABS prematurely before settle and it goes quiet You could always add more damping via the dash if you wanted, this might spoil the ride quality (even in mode), which makes you why boring old telescopic forks and drive still have over shafts and Telelever.

lighter, and it shows when wanting the wheels to follow a surface. It does help of that the suspension is Ohlins` including the latest technology TTX tube technology rear

Change direction and this is Italian sports bike: the Multistrada flicks side to with an agility not seen in this class, far quicker the GS and with a very natural too despite the high riding The raised rear of the seat around your backside can make it slightly awkward out of the seat, otherwise this feel anywhere near as as most tall bikes hustled through turns. You do at first anyway, that the tends to take a wider than you were expecting that`ll be the long wheelbase but it responds to a correcting nudge of the immediately and obediently, and you adapt enough anyway.

The Pirelli Trail tyres, developed for the Multistrada, are astonishingly good. The has dual tread compounds, on the outside edges and more wearing in the centre, which is tougher for off-road use. The pattern is designed to offer loose-surface grip without road stability or feel, and it just that — you treat the tyres like any sports tyre and they with accuracy, grip and

It`s fair to say the Ducati concept has been enabled by Pirellis. The bike has also tested with Dragon rubber and apparently works better as sports machine, but you get any more dirt-biased tyres in the 17 wheel sizes or the 6 inch rear rim. Pirelli is at making some if there to be enough demand, but doesn`t this is likely.

I`m sure right.

As a sports bike the Multistrada 1200 wears the badge uncompromised, so scroll to Touring, hold the button for seconds to select, and if the throttle is close it briefly for the mode to Both suspension and power soften and the bike feels friendly. The difference in damping great, but you do notice when you pushing hard as the bike to wallow where in Sports it was more settled.

The power is easier and you don`t have to so hard, just open it to go and that muscular mid-range.

not be wanting the top end horsepower any more, but drop down the scale, and the bike is less impressive, at low revs jerking more and less happy. The BMW will almost to idle and still along happily, but with its drive and lumpier power the Multistrada is less comfortable, not obstructively so.

Urban or Enduro improve things slightly, but who do a lot of low speed trickling (sub and who would never utilise the MTS performance might consider with a GS. Again some plenty of 1198 riders are enough around town, and the is considerably better than so it`s not a major issue.

time now to consider the ergonomics getting around the next and things here mostly are The screen is small but keeps pressure at bay with no serious — there`s a little it`s raised and none it`s lower, and while it keep you dry it does let you cruise at figure speeds indefinitely. are some feet problems

Your right heel is out slightly by the passenger footrest an irritant I got used to and forgot but if you have the centre stand its long lifting arm pokes up where your left wants to be, unless you ride the arch of your foot on the I tend to slide my feet back than that, and I was pushing the centre stand so much so that it scraped the a few times in mild cornering.

I`d to either cut the arm right back and put up a heavier leverage getting the on the stand, or remove it altogether, but I leave it as it is. The stand comes the Multistrada S Touring package, and is an on the other models.

The mirrors are excellent, and I never thought I`d say in a Ducati report- There`s no worth mentioning from the at steady speeds and they`re and set well out, so the rear is outstanding. You do notice some when you`re revving the and under load the bike with the torque pulses, but you find any of your extremities numb or being bothered.

bikes need more comfort of course, tank is important too. It was difficult this on the press launch as was a very wide range of including near flat out and bore acceleration, as well as gentle stuff. I was achieving 41mpg, but would expect at 45mpg in every day riding, a fair bit more bearing in Ducati`s claim for the MTS 1200 of at a steady 75mph.

But the bike be fine for a GS-matching 200 mile at least so this isn`t to be a VFR-type issue.

The luggage be better though. The right is a lot smaller than it looks as a large cut-out to pass the gases, but the left will take a full face and with the optional larger and big topbox you should have capacity for typical trips. It flimsy though, and on our test the lids fitted poorly, so so they would definitely profusely in the wet.

This is to improve on production versions as Givi is still finalising the shapes to ensure the lids without distorting into the shape, which is normal But I do suspect they will flex too much in use and not be waterproof.

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You operate them with the ignition though, which be good as long as you remember to it somewhere convenient — it needs to be in your pocket to the bike, so it would be easy to it under a few layers of clothing by

Passengers are well looked There`s plenty of fore and aft and you don`t feel too precarious, the bike does accelerate and you need to hold on. With the fitted you`re okay if you the arches of your feet on the but they won`t move any further. The grab rail is all you and offers good support, larger bottomed pillions find their cheeks are on it lightly.

But comfort appears to be as far as can be judged after a short Importantly, life is good for the with someone on the back. the loading mode appropriately same button and intuitive again) — you can have with luggage, with or with both, in any of the four modes — and the bike and rides beautifully, remaining and steering neutrally.

It`s a pleasure two-up in fact, and is, on the quiet, one of its most impressive as it shows how deeply Ducati has about the Multistrada (feet oddities aside-).

There`s to say about Urban mode as it quietens the bike down causing any problems. The engine is at its at low revs, though it could be improved as mentioned, and sudden movements won`t launch you orbit. It soaks up potholes stops efficiently and generally is while that high up position works very for seeing ahead in traffic.

The to the ground isn`t too bad, shorter riders might and want to opt for the low seat, which is a improvement for them.

Off road the copes well, although as the GS, you`d not really attempt too ambitious. According to Pirelli`s the two bikes have similar in the dirt, although I`d temper by expecting the Ducati to cope well with soft such as sand. That 17 front wheel can feel even on harder stuff, but in the tyre sinks into I it will be very eager to in and dump you.

Stick to forest fire and you`ll be fine.

Ducatis often scared off potential with their running but the company says now that in with its four main rivals, the Multistrada MTS 1200 is the same in the first year not the most expensive) after it becomes the cheapest of all to maintain. services where the valve are checked and the cambelts are changed at 15,000 mile (25,000km) and neither operation is especially or costly. In between it asks for oil and filters.

I`ll be adding Multistrada features in the next few but as far as the riding experience is concerned the most important aspect all — the MTS 1200 S absolutely It`s searingly fast, with torque, handles the electronics not only work extremely useful, it`s characterful, beautifully made, and one of the exciting motorcycles you can buy. If placed an order already- you!


Prices are for the base model (not £11,695 for the ABS version and £14,295 for the S Sport and Touring models.


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