Official: Flagship Ducati Multistrada range upgraded for 2018 | EICMA 2017

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a KTM 1050 Adventure. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty, bumpy backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 

 

A 63.6cc increase in capacity for the Desmodromic variable valve timing-equipped 90° V-twin motor sees the new Ducati Multistrada 1260, 1260 S, 1260 S D|Air and 1260 Pikes Peak models hit 156bhp (116.2kW) @ 9500rpm and 95.5lb-ft (129.5Nm) @ 7500rpm. The previous 1200 motor, which continues to be used in the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, makes 150bhp (112kW) @ 9500rpm and 94lb-ft (128Nm) @ 7500rpm.

Ducati says that the new engine, which independently varies the timing of both the inlet and exhaust valve timing camshafts, makes 79lb-ft (85% of the maximum torque) at just 3500rpm, while the output at 5500rpm is 18% higher than the previous model. So while the overall increase in peak torque is negligible, it promises to give more drive in the most used rev range.

Capacity has been increased with a longer stroke, which demanded new con rods, crankshaft and cylinders. The DVT (Ducati Variable Timing) system has been recalibrated, while the exhaust and intake have also been redesigned.

The Multistrada’s tubular steel trellis frame now has a longer swing-arm, which takes the wheelbase from 1529mm to 1585mm, while the kerb weight has crept up 3kg to 232kg. The seat height of all the 1260 models is now adjustable from 825mm to 845mm.

All the new bikes feature cruise control and keyless ignition, while the S versions gets the Ducati Multimedia System to connect to your smartphone and display music, calls and text notifications on the new TFT dash.

The standard model has fully adjustable 48mmupside-down KTYB forks and fully adjustable Sachs shock with a remote preload adjuster, while the S model has Ducati’s Skyhook Evo suspension, which has electronic compression and rebound damping on the front and rear Sachs forks and shock, with electronic preload on the rear too.

The bikes are expected to be available in dealers by the end of December 2017.

 

Ducati Multstrada 1260 2018

 

Ducati Multistrada 1260

  • Price: £14,295. With touring pack of heated grips, panniers and centre stand: £15,249
  • Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 cc engine
  • Bosch IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit
  • Bosch-Brembo 9.1ME Cornering ABS system
  • 320-mm front brake discs with Brembo 4-piston radial callipers
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Riding Modes
  • Ride-by-Wire
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
  • Rider seat with adjustable height
  • LCD instrument panel

Colour: ‘Ducati Red’ with grey frame and black wheels

 

Ducati Multistrada 1260

 

Ducati Multistrada 1260 S (and Multistrada 1260 S D|Air)

  • Price: £17,195. With touring pack of heated grips, panniers and centre stand: £17,395. The D|Air model costs £17,895.features
  • Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 cc engine
  • Bosch IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit
  • Bosch-Brembo 9.1ME Cornering ABS system
  • 330 mm front brake discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial callipers
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
  • Riding Modes
  • Ride-by-Wire
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
  • Rider seat with adjustable height
  • Electronic semi-active Sachs Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution suspension
  • system
  • Full LED headlamp with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
  • Instrument panel with 5” full colour high-resolution TFT screen specifically designed for
  • motorcycle applications
  • D|Air system (Multistrada 1260 S D|Air only)

Colours: Ducati Red with grey frame and black wheels, Iceberg White with grey frame and gold coloured wheels (+£200), Volcano Grey with grey frame and gold coloured wheels (+£200). D|Air model only available in red.

 

Personalisation Packs

Along with the Touring pack, which includes heated grips, panniers and a centre stand, the bikes will also be available from your dealer with a choice of the following:

Sport pack: Termignoni exhaust, carbon-fibre front mudguard, CNC machined billet aluminium brake and clutch reservoir caps.

Urban pack: Top box, tank bag with lock and USB hub.

Enduro pack: Additional LED lights and Ducati Performance components by Touratech of crash bars, rad guard, sump guard, larger side-stand base and off-road foot-pegs.

 

 

New Ducati Link app

Connecting to your bike via Bluetooth is a new app for iOS and Android that records data such as average speed, max speed, lean angle, power, fuel consumption and more.

The app records the route along with the bike data and performance, which can then be shared with other users and on social media.

A reward system offers prizes to users who reach differing goals based on their journeys. Riding modes can also be set from your smartphone, while the ‘Alert and Info Service’ reminds the owner of maintenance intervals, and flags any abnormal operation, with information on the problem, and the ability to contact the dealer directly.

 

 

New TFT dash

While the 1260 retains an LCD dash, the S models get a new TFT display, which promises improved readability in the sun and an improved layout.

The S model also has a full LED cornering headlight that illuminates the road based on lean angle.

 

 

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak

Also available will be the Pikes Peak version with the new 1260 motor – this bike has fully adjustable Öhlins 48mm upside-down forks and shock. At 229kg, it’s slightly lighter than the other models – thanks to forged aluminium wheels –  and has its own paint scheme, carbon-fibre screen, mudguard and other panels along with red-stitched seat and a Termignoni end-can.

 

  • Price: £20,795
  • New 1260 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine
  • Fully adjustable Öhlins fork and TTX36 shock
  • Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni
  • Carbon fibre screen (in addition to the standard one)
  • Aluminium forged wheels
  • Carbon fibre front mudguard
  • Carbon fibre hands free cover
  • Carbon fibre front side panels
  • Red seat stitching
  • Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) by Bosch
  • Bosch-Brembo ABS 9.1ME Cornering braking system
  • 330 mm front discs with Brembo M50 4-piston radial calipers
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
  • Riding Modes
  • Ride-by-Wire Power Modes (PM)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
  • Height-adjustable rider's seat
  • Full LED headlight with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
  • Dashboard with full-TFT 5” colour screen

Colours: Pikes Peak livery, Ducati red chassis and black wheel rims

 

Full specification

Engine:

1262cc Testastretta, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled

Bore x Stroke:

106 x 71,5 mm

Compression ratio:

13:1

Power:

156bhp (116.2 kW) @ 9,500 rpm

Torque:

71lb-ft (96.2 Nm) @ 7,750 rpm

Fuel injection:

Bosch electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire, equivalent diameter 56 mm

Exhaust:

Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, aluminium tail pipes

Gearbox:

6 speed

Ratio:

1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25

Primary drive:

Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1

Final drive:

Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 40

Clutch:

Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run

Frame:

Tubular steel trellis frame

Wheelbase:

1,585 mm (62.4 in)

Rake:

25°

Trail:

111 mm (4.37 in)

Front suspension:

48 mm fully adjustable USD forks. S model: Sachs 48 mm fully-adjustable USD forks. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS). Pikes Peak model: Öhlins 48 mm fully adjustable USD forks

Front wheel travel:

170 mm (6.7 in)

Front wheel:

5-spoke Y-shape cast light alloy 3.50" x 17". Pikes Peak model: 3-spoke Ѱ-

Front tyre:

Pirelli Scopion Trail II 120/70 R17

Rear Suspension:

Fully adjustable Sachs monoshock unit. Remote spring preload adjustment. Aluminium single-sided swing-arm. S model: Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring pre-load adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evo. Aluminium single-sided swingarm. Pikes Peak model: Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber. Aluminium single-sided swing-arm

Rear wheel travel:

170 mm (6.7 in)

Rear Wheel:

5-spoke Y-shaped cast light alloy 6.00" x 17". Pikes Peak model: 3-spoke Ѱ-shape forged light alloy 6.00" x 17"

Rear tyre:

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 190/55 R17

Front brake:

2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted monobloc Brembo callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad, with cornering ABS as standard equipment

Rear brake:

265 mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper, with cornering ABS as standard equipment

Fuel tank:

20 l – 4.4 gallons

Dry weight:

209 kg (461 lb). S model: 212 kg (467 lb). S D|Air model: 213 kg (470 lb). Pikes Peak model: 206 kg (454 lb)

Wet weight:

232 kg (511 lb). S model: 235 kg (518 lb). D|Air model: 236 kg (520 lb). Pikes Peak model: 229 kg (505 lb)

Seat height:

Adjustable 825 - 845 mm (32.5 - 33.3 in)

Instrumentation:

LCD: S and Pikes Peak models: Colour TFT display 5"

Electronics:

1260 model: Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch Cornering ABS + DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Cruise control, Hands-Free, Backlit handlebar switches, Auto-off indicators, ready for Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Anti-theft system. S and S D|Air models: Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch Cornering ABS + DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Cornering Lights, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evo, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Cruise control, Hands-Free, Backlit handlebar switches, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Full-colour TFT display, Full LED headlamp, Auto-off indicators, ready for Anti-theft system. Pikes Peak model: Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch Cornering ABS + DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Cornering Lights, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Cruise control, Hands-Free, Backlit handlebar switches, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Full-colour TFT display, Full LED headlamp, Auto-off indicators, Ducati Performance by Termignoni homologated exhaust, Carbon fibre windscreen, High performance Öhlins suspension, Carbon fibre front mudguard, Carbon fibre side panels and Hands-Free cover, Forged wheels, rady for Anti-theft system

Warranty:

24 months, unlimited mileage

Maintenance service intervals:

1999miles (15,000 km) / 12 months

Valve clearance check:

18,000 miles (30,000 km

Claimed fuel consumption:

54mpg

 

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