Ducati Multistrada 1200S Sport Road Test

10 Фев 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Ducati Multistrada 1200S Sport Road Test отключены
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport

Ducati Multistrada 1200S Road Test


Of course being a Duke, you can take for granted the 1200 has of style, exciting performance, and In fact so sorted is it, I’d my neck out and say it’s the most bike I’ve ridden in — and there’s more a handful of others I could rave about.

The well-built and finished Multistrada is an utterly bike that you just to ride and ride — a go anytime type bike. It has more versatility than R1200GS, and is lighter, easier, advanced and refined.

I wasn’t to discover the Ducati suited me; tools like this one do. But just how much I warmed to it was the shock. Save one aspect of the bike, which I’ll to later because there’s too else to praise it for, I it a thoroughly intoxicating machine.

In ways it’s a wonder found time to write test, so keen was I to be out and about it. I’ve already clocked up 750 travelling the roads of Gloucestershire and in just four days, and likely to double that by the I return the 1200 after my ten day with it.

There are effectively three of the bike. The 1200S Sport I’ve tested here, and the S (complete with panniers grips, and a few less of the S’s like the carbon bodywork) has the same ?14,416 on the road For ?11,116 you can have the lower base model, which has the of ABS for an additional ?700.

Such is the for the Multistrada, especially the two higher models, you may have to wait a before you can get one at your local The cheaper version is more available.

Learning there’s a list for the S models came as no to me. I myself fell for this one on the first day of riding it. Though its wheels turning did involve a hour delay while all its options were explained to me. Via the indicator cancel switch, are four separate modes to from — Sport, Urban and Enduro.

Each has a power (level and delivery), and traction control settings, there’s also a chance to the clever Ohlins suspension specifically via tuneable electronic compression and damping adjusters. are also some pre-ordained you can select to cope with the weight of pillions, or luggage, or Now I’m going to leave it for a while, as I’m sure like I was when it was all being to me, you’re getting a bit flummoxed by it and would prefer to get on the with the of learning about what the feels like to ride!

Well let me tell you, the big V-twin is both straightforward and It’ll be bit of a bind for a while if quite short in the leg like me Until you’ve loaded onto the broad seat and the suspension, it stays at its lofty elevation making it tricky to your leg over both it, and the arrangement that sits

In time this becomes of an issue, and if it doesn’t then the 25mm lower version of many official accessories are available) will help.

seconds of your hands and meeting nicely-sited wide, bars and none too high you’re given an impression of the nature of this Ducati.

ignition (and steering continues the feeling of ease and though the typical light and rattles from the engine at dent the otherwise sophisticated air of the a little. A VFR owner might be to call the AA!

Having ridden lots of sportsbikes, the engine of which the has a retuned version of, I’m to all the clattering so my own phone remained And just a few miles on the 1200 the big V-twin motor was very alive and well. With the mode selected, which a maximum of 150 bhp, but with a slower throttle response the Sport setting, there’s of meaty surge available you need it.

More than power and torque exists in the and after choosing this more than any other to its usability and good behaviour, I rarely needed to rev the motor this zone.

Some prefer the Urban setting at thanks to its appreciably softer and 100bhp peak output, but I thought the Touring mode was than well-mannered, and especially for overtaking and making traffic The slick gearbox doesn’t its ratios swapping much for this sort of thing

Take the rpm higher though, and no doubt the 1198 is a very, strong motor. A glance at the will often reveal a higher figure than anticipate.

There’s rarely to worry about that Like virtually all other the Multistrada’s chassis is more up to the task of dealing with It’s just as adept at pace as it is at going fast; as are the excellent Pirelli Scorpion tyres.

There’s a light, predictable and feel to the bike at all times, the at-the-touch-of-button adjustability of the suspension very well with about every road and rider preference. It’s a system that makes you how you ever coped with and skinned knuckles. If you want, you can one of the preset four modes to your most preferred (as well as the power and traction settings at any time.

Its overall does however highlight one in the electronics package for me personally. The may well be very strong and good feel, but the ABS system is too at times. As well as that, it be adjusted to alter its sensitivity. it’s triggered by a slippery or surface it reacts well.

But its predictive mapping triggers it a early on occasion. To be honest I really noticed it when I was the same stretch of road for and when I was using more of the of the Multistrada and therefore its brakes harder. However the slight the ABS intrusion caused was a bit unnerving, and me switch the system off — defeats its point somewhat.

I’m told Ducati be working on this in future and fine-tuning should be possible.

It something I dwelt on too much or for too during any ride, but does that the Ducati is just a bit of perfection.

But if there’s anything just about spot on the Multistrada’s versatility. Being as as it is, the Ducati always behaves whatever you ask it to do. Apart from its impressive dynamic performance and key factors like the 150-220 tank range, surprisingly hand-adjustable screen, and hugely instrumentation make living the Ducati all the more simple.

even a quality puncture and tool kit to ease any possible

Nice touches within the like the remaining fuel and consumption gauge (though why I never better an indicated I don’t know) add to the convenience, as do the hooks, handguards, power and roomy underseat storage. It have been nicer to an electric screen, and the size of the tiny fairing pocket is a bit but I can easily live with

No, none of my minor complaints spoil the time I had with the thrilling, stylish and real Ducati. It really is a bit special, and if you believe me, get down to a dealer and try one But be warned there’s a very chance you’ll be tempted to with some of your to have one.

It’s not cheap, but you certainly get a of a lot for your money from truly brilliant motorcycle.



Type: liquid-cooled, 8-valve, dohc, 90? V-twin

Maximum power: @ 9250rpm

Maximum torque: @ 7500rpm

Transmission: 6-speed

Drive: Chain


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Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport


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