Test Ducati Multistrada 1200 2013: Highly technological road Trail

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Test Ducati Multistrada 1200 2013: Highly technological road Trail

Two years only after its presentation, Ducati Multistrada 1200 undergoes its first recasting. With the menu of this year 2013, more technical evolutions than hardly let it predict minor aesthetic modifications.

Dual ignition, suspensions with thorough electronic assistance, advanced technological package… Who does not advance, moves back known as one sometimes. Then, that is it handlebar in hand?

We arrive on the first spots photographs. After the first passage of recognition, I undertake the second passage on the Touring mode. Then, I spring for the ultimate return ticket in front of the photographers while rocking of the Touring mode to the mode Urban, “like that, to see”. First, second, third: I adjust the entry of the turn with a hair of engine brake…

Light catch of the brakes and there… Oops! I do not recognize any more the motor bike! Good, I exaggerate, but several features of behavior changed.

The mass transfer seems to me different, the arrival of the power also, the support on the brake pedals generates a more powerful braking via the optimized coupling: as a result, I must reconsider the entry in turn.

Not dangerous, simply disconcerting, because the behavior of the motor bike changed compared to the preceding passage! That it is said: the electronic assistances more and more will be part of the development of the motor bikes, and more or less will influence control. And the news Ducati Multistrada 1200 is illustrates it example.

Multiple internal evolutions

Impetus in 2010, Ducati Multistrada 1200 had focused warp the attentions. In its approach of conquest of new customers, Ducati was to clear new concepts while preserving its technical identity. The maximum road trail, tendency very sport, had then astonished.

And Ducati was not flunked, since 20,500 Multistrada 1200 were produced since 2010, on the few 50,000 motor bikes produced annually in Bologna. And 80% of the purchasers of Ducati 1200 Multistrada are new customers. Moreover, two thirds of the sales on average are carried out with the most advanced versions S, and most expensive.

For 2013, Ducati 1200 Multistrada undergoes its first evolution. Some small aesthetic changes, but especially an evolution of its engine and its travelling trains: new ABS, system of the 4 distinct modes of control with cartography re-examined and new Skyhook suspensions with electronic assistance, developed in collaboration with Sachs… Exit Ohlin’s thus.

Even general-purpose, Ducati remains Ducati

The line changes little, ergonomics remains very close. The saddle, located at 850 mm, always shows a hair high for the pilots of 1.70 m, which will have to sway slightly to pose a foot flat. For the rest, one finds the typical position of the maximum kind trail: drawn aside arms, right bust, and unfolded legs.

One notes the obstructing site of the crutches: the power station obstructs the heel of left and the side one is difficult to handle.

While climbing on the saddle passenger – and the term to climb is not too strong taking into account the height of back base – one notes that the place for the feet of the occupants is counted: not the ideal for the daily newspaper and the voyages. For the rest, Ducati Multistrada 1200 year 2013 remains very close to its predecessor.

The motor bike seems rather light (234 kilos all full announced facts), the direction reveals a beautiful precision and the driving character of the twin-cylinder Testastretta 11° remains whole in spite of the arrival of dual ignition supposed to soften it.

To evolve downtown, it is necessary to take care to maintain these large pistons in a beach of comfort, located beyond the 3,000 tr/min. In on this side, the twin knocks and states to you that one will not have to hope to evolve between the files beyond the third report. The driving increase in flexibility asserted by Ducati is not more obvious.

It’s a pity that the mode Urban, attached with 100 ch – against 150 ch in Touring mode or Sport – does not make the engine rounder in bottom, but electronics has its limits. Morality, Ducati Multistrada 1200 2013 can endorse the role of motor bike of the every day, but it will be an all the same requiring hair.

A plane, even in 100 horses

To the attack of the motorway, one does not put any more a question about the flexibility of the engine. An exchanger makes it possible to go down again in third (Touring mode, 150 horses) and to open into large. Devil, that pushes!

Beyond 4500 tr/min, one finds all the typical ardor of the Testastretta block which draws on the arms and catapults Ducati Multistrada 1200 2013 frankly ahead.

And to say that it is not so a long time, Superbikes of generation 1098 developed approximately 160 ch! There, one evolves with the right back, with the orders of a trail which can literally forget in recoveries a package of sporting motor bikes.

And even if Ducati Multistrada 1200 draws rather long, one can go down all the same to 90 km/h – even 80 km/h – that is to say 3000 tr/min in 6th and the recoveries become instantaneous and canonesques as of 110 km/h.

One benefits from it then to regulate the new bubble with manual adjustment. Higher and broader, it is very easy to handle while rolling. Protection is also in clear progression.

The directional stability is irreproachable at high-speed, the comfort of very good saddle, the vibrations are contained, one will be able easily to swallow the kilometers of motorway on board Ducati Multistrada 1200.

The Skyhook suspensions with the service of the effectiveness

On such a flat ground, one cannot really judge qualities of the new Skyhook suspensions. But the tortuous district distributors, embossed and strewn with bleedings of the area of Bilbao will be more revealing.

Let us be frank: the touch of road of Ducati Multistrada 1200 S was already remarkable. Presetting of the Ohlin’s suspensions following the adopted mode brought already a comfort and a very high level of performance.

Ducati 1200 Multistrada 2013 uses a new system even more elaborate, resulting from a partnership with the equipment supplier Sachs. On the versions S, the new Skyhook suspensions lay out of accelerometers and sensors placed in the sleeves of fork and on the oscillating arm.

This measuring equipment records all the movements of suspensions and holds informed, via the multiplexing, a central processing unit.

If the suspensions record a starter of shock, the central processing unit orders from this one to adapt on the hydraulic level, for example by reducing the speed of depression. The internal mechanism of the suspensions was completely adapted to these functions, and this system approaches what BMW developed on the news BMW S 1000 RR HP4, an innovation which goes down from the semi-active suspensions that one can find in car. But finally, is this transparency?

Ducati Multistrada 1200

Enough, one would be tempted to say. Since Ducati Multistrada 1200 2013 offers a really remarkable quality of damping. She is played of the irregularities and even if the bleedings of the roadway are aimed at, one remains bluffed by her capacity to absorb the shocks, the suspensions not coming practically never in thrust.

In the same way, the phenomena of pumping are almost absent: in the shifts phase and the conks country fast, Ducati Multistrada 1200 2013 does not pump when it reaches the vertical point. The hydraulic relaxation is learnedly controlled.

Four modes of control, but how much useful

This new electronic system of suspensions acts into instantaneous and is seen coordinated with the various modes of control. Each mode has its laws of hydraulics.

But it is also possible to refine these modes by selecting additional adjustments: solo use, duet, solo with luggage… The parallel with the ESA from BMW is obvious, except that the system Skyhook de Ducati is reactive according to the constraints. For example, the suspensions harden instantaneously with the approach high-speeds.

To complicate all that, the four modes of control also have preset adjustments for the assistances of the pack safety delivered of series on all Ducati Multistrada 2013. Thus, the Enduro mode limits the anti-skid DTC to notch 2 (against 8 for intrusive) and ABS with notch 1 (against 3 for intrusive), to allow a control any ground punctuated of skids and wheel locking back.

The whole with an attached engine with 100 horses. The Touring mode – extremely of 150 horses – adjusts the DTC on 5 and coupled ABS (but rose on the back) uses level 3. With final, it is more when one rocks of the opposite modes which one perceives the largest mess. Nothing more normal after all since multiple parameters is upset.


But one retains especially that the Touring mode one is crowned compromised and that in free version, it meets all the needs. Those which want to try an aft wheel can rock on the Sport mode, but it would have been liked that the mode Urban softens the engine more or that the distribution of braking is marked according to the modes.

In the same way, the latency time necessary to the change of mode is a little high. And of course, the attached French poor with 100 horses which we are will not be able to draw leisure from the various levels from power.

Assessment: Which long-term reliability?

Already innovating in 2010, with its electronic suspension Ducati Electronic Suspension, Ducati Multistrada 1200 pushes even further this concept with the new suspension Ducati Skyhook Suspension. Here a very high technological level is reached, which regales the blazon of the suspensions to the classical architecture.

Nevertheless, the degree of sophistication reached by this news Ducati Multistrada 1200 2013 has what to leave thoughtful. How the components supports will the ravages of time? How will the sensors placed behind the mudguard before and on the oscillating arm age?

How will they endure the cold, moisture?

Ducati ensures to have taken care of the insulation of all the elements, without any economy. But the automobile industry, which already passed by there, knew and knows still many risks related to electronics. Then, that to think of all that?

Will we be preserved? Only the intensive use and the long run will give us answers, in particular thanks to Maxitest.

Most sensitive to cold will be able to always take refuge towards Ducati Multistrada 1200 2013 “basic”, sold 16,390 € and equipped already well with series with package ABS/DTC. Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring (with side Skyhook suspensions, bags and central crutch) will be proposed with 19,690 €, which in fact definitively a top-of-the-range motor bike. The Gran Truism news (large bags, top puts, additional headlights…) will for its part reach 20,990 € and sporting Pikes Peak 22,290 €.

Posted by Rana Abaidullah on September 29, 2012. Filed under Top Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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