Review: a 1200 S Touring Ducati Multistrada Guitar Aficionado

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Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring

Review: a 1200 S Touring Multistrada

January 5th,

by Tom Beaujour

This article appeared in Guitar Aficionado , 2011 Issue – Buy Issue

a friend who had just returned a trip to San Francisco was bemoaning he had rented a large cruiser for a day down Pacific Coast “The bike was great we hit the long straightaways, but it was too heavy and for the twisties,” he said, referring to the turns that make itinerary a challenging favorite motorcyclists. “I wished I had rented else, because I felt I was just throwing a ton of steel those corners.”

Perhaps it’s the exposure to the or the hyperawareness to changes in environment, conditions, and traffic movements; it’s just because working with two wheels of four. But when a motorcycle is ill to your ride, it quickly obvious.

Ducati has attempted to this anxious feeling its new aggressively styled—and some say insect-like—Multistrada, a motorcycle that can to different roads and conditions nothing more than the of a button. And while skeptics be forgiven for thinking that a design concept could produce a laughable “jack of all master of none” misfit, rider’s experience is that the company has largely achieved its with the nimble 423-pound

The Multistrada’s versatility is summoned an ingenious four-mode system not only communicates electronically the bike’s 150-horsepower 1198 power plant via a wireless but also modifies stability settings and the adjustable Öhlins-equipped Handlebar-mounted multifunction controls in conjunction with a well-organized speedometer and display allow the to switch between the modes—Urban, Touring, and Sport—on the fly, and the are immediately discernible.

I picked up the Multistrada at a congested New York location, giving me an to start my ride by sampling the mode, which reduces the output to a smoothly regulated 100 lowers the suspension, and increases control. For anyone who’s suffered through an hour of city traffic on a jerky, nervous bike that wants to run flat out, comfortable and restrained (but not low-end power delivery be nothing short of revelatory.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring

you’ve reached the open a flick of the switch is all that’s to engage either Sport or mode, both of which tap the available 150 horsepower. Touring, its slightly smoother response and traction control, was my personal for longer hauls, but Sport crisp oomph certainly the blood racing.

In both modes, steering and communication with the road are lively and present without fatiguing, and the bike feels comfortable, stable, and controlled at approaching the triple digits. If journey just happens to you past to some dirt or paths, Enduro mode is a Here, the suspension raises and drops to 100 horses, as in Urban

As you negotiate sand and gravel, barely believe that riding the same vehicle on you just zipped effortlessly the highway.

As if all of this intelligence were not Ducati has thoughtfully added a clutch, an integrated adjustable ABS brakes, heated grips, and a electronic suspension that can be adjusted for luggage requirements and riding two-up. Admittedly, the of options and controls can at first almost overwhelming, or even if you’re the “I just want to type.

But after a brief period, you’ll soon how you could have ever something that didn’t all these features. And when you to your own bike, you’ll dejectedly at your handlebars, the switches and buttons that your last couple of the most carefree of your

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