Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring (2013 — ) expert review — Bike Trader UK

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Powerful and V-twin engine

Practical and tourer


Not built for off-roading

Expensive, especially in S

Semi-active suspension unproven

The Multistrada’s thunderous 1198cc eight-valve V-twin engine is gives the bike its character, with far more straight-line than any rival dual-purpose can manage. (Not that road-biased rocketship really has a rival, though Aprilia’s revealed Caponord might it a run for its money.) As before it has four modes, and kicks out 150bhp in or Touring, with softer to a maximum of 100bhp in Urban and Updates for this model are at improving refinement and fuel rather than increasing though a revised fuel-injection and new twin-plug cylinder head have added a little to the awesome midrange torque.

There’s also a new secondary air aimed at curing the original slightly rough feel at low On the new Ducati’s launch in Bilbao its running in city traffic was This model also has an version of Ducati’s DTC traction system, which works by cutting ignition rather fuel, and gives a smoother with less of the previous stuttering.

The powerful Brembo set-up’s updated ABS system now adjusts to suit the riding In Urban or Touring modes it adds some rear when the handlebar lever is

Our rating: 5 out of 5


The Multistrada’s unique appeal was due to its light and capable chassis, gave roadgoing handling more typical adventure bikes couldn’t approach. The Multi 1200S model, its Öhlins suspension, was better Now this S-model’s conventional are replaced by the innovative Skyhook system from Sachs, from a system developed for and modified in collaboration with engineers.

The semi-active system uses located around the bike’s plus info from the control and ABS braking systems speed, acceleration and throttle Skyhook then takes an fixed point above the and varies its suspension damping every ten milliseconds or less to keep the bike on an even Ducati say the advantage is improved without compromising performance.

definitely works, though the old Öhlins set-up was so good I found it hard to decide the semi-active system gave a advantage. Its main benefit came when the Multi was on its Urban setting, and Skyhook near instantly to firm up the under hard braking. useful change is the adoption of a rear shock spring, to some owners’ complaints the old one was too soft when carrying a

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5


The Multistrada is not a bike, especially in this specification S version. But Ducati done well to introduce the Skyhook system while the price unchanged at just £15,000 for this Touring which comes with grips, centre-stand and panniers. the standard Multistrada 1200, gets the engine and bodywork but not those extras or the Skyhook costs a considerably lower — and is still a mighty and versatile motorbike.

Ducati GT 1000 Touring

Touring models in grey and


The brilliance of the original 1200 was that it combined the and Italian glamour of a Ducati the practicality of a genuine all-rounder. latest Touring model is still thanks to a slightly screen that can now be adjusted on the with one hand. There’s a new, more practical Gran Turismo model, with taller screen, bars, comfort seat, panniers and top-box.

No price yet but it’s likely to cost £16,300.

The original aircooled 1000 was praised for its all-round when launched ten years but … for its dumpy looks and sold poorly, partly for reason. No such worries for the sharper Multi 1200, styling is a big part of its appeal. looking of the family is the racy Pikes Peak model, after the famous Colorado to the Clouds” won on Multis in recent

This comes with paint, carbon-fibre bits, Marchesini wheels and Termignoni and costs £17,250.


The had a pretty good reliability as do most recent Ducatis. On model’s launch it was interesting to ask the firm’s development chief Forni about a few problems the original 1200 model and hear him reply that he was of the cylinder head and rear issues that some have experienced and has made to prevent them. Can’t ask for more than that.

Our 4.5 out of 5


By Ducati’s high the Multistrada’s accessory list is modest, comprising a dozen or so parts plus a couple of seats and a Termignoni exhaust and silencer. That’s largely the 1200S now comes in the three of Touring, Gran Turismo and Peak, which are essentially the model kitted out with accessories as well as the Skyhook Should be enough options for most people, we’d thought…

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