Ducati releases 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro

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By Ben Purvis

Writing about bikes for 20 years. Published in dozens of titles on five continents. Mildly obsessed with discovering how things work.

 

It’s only been a couple of years since Ducati added the rough-and-tumble Enduro model to the Multistrada range but with the launch of the enlarged Multistrada 1260 this year it was only a matter of time before the Enduro also got the up-sized engine.

In fact, we’ve known about this bike for a little while; regular readers might recall that we revealed key details back in September. And it turns out that our information was pretty much spot-on. As expected, the big change is the adoption of the 1262cc Testastretta DVT V-twin, giving a 64cc capacity hike over the previous 1198cc motor. Still using variable valve timing, the bigger engine ups peak power from 152hp to 158hp, but more importantly it fattens the torque curve, giving 85% of the 94.4lb-ft maximum as low as 3500rpm and providing a 17% boost in torque at 5500rpm compared to the previous Multistrada 1200 Enduro.

As you’d expect from Ducati, all this power comes with a host of technological treats including multiple riding modes and an endless stream of three-letter abbreviations; Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) up-and-down, a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), cornering ABS, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Vehicle Hold Control (VHC). On the chassis side there’s even more, with the semi-active Sachs suspension using Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution, and the bodywork sporting Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) – and they’re LEDs, of course, as are the headlights.

Ducati is even extending its three-letter obsession to the instruments; forget a dashboard, the thing in front of you is a Human Machine Interface (HMI) with a colour TFT, LCD screen that incorporates the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) that connects your bike to your phone via Bluetooth for calls, texts and music. There’s a USB port under the seat, too.

It can’t be long now before the obsession with abbreviation evolves even further and manufacturers start filling their spec sheets with emojis instead of words.

 

 

Aside from the engine, it’s not easy to spot big changes between the old Multistrada 1200 Enduro and its new 1260 Enduro descendant. But there are tweaks that you’ll struggle to spot with the naked eye.

The bars are 30mm lower, requiring a reshaped tank cover, and the seat is 10mm closer to the ground than before. What’s more, that electronic suspension is recalibrated compared to the previous model and there’s a lighter aluminium sump guard, although the bike’s overall weight remains unchanged at 254kg ready-to-ride, including a full 30-litre tank of fuel.

Most of the bodywork remains the same as before, as do the 19in front and 17in rear wheels.

As usual, there’s a host of optional extras and accessories, including luggage, plus four options packages. The ‘Touring’ pack includes heated grips and Touratech aluminium panniers. The ‘Sport’ pack adds a Termignoni exhaust and some billet parts. An ‘Urban’ package combines the Touratech panniers with a tank bag including a USB hub to power more electronics. And finally, you can add an ‘Enduro’ pack to your Enduro, with extra LED lights and more Touratech-made goodies including crash bars, a radiator guard, sprocket cover and a rear brake guard.

Ducati will show the bike to the public at the EICMA show in Milan in November, and says it will reach dealers early next year. We're riding it on the international press launch in Italy next week, so stand by for our review.

 

2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro spec

Price

£TBA

Expected in dealers

Early 2019

Power

158.3bhp (116.4kW) @ 9,500rpm

Torque

94.4lb-ft (128Nm) @ 7,500rpm

Tank size

30 litres

Seat height

860mm

Wet weight

254kg

 

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