Just as they joined in the current motorcycle trend of designing for simpler riding times with its Scrambler, the motorcycle manufacturer has taken its Ducati focus to off-road riding with one of its latest models.
The Multistrada 1200 Enduro was revealed at the Ducati World Première 2016, an event preceding its appearance at the 73rd edition of the International Motorcycle Show to be held at the Milan-Rho trade fair from November 19th to 22nd.
It’s fair to say it was a solid, confident Ducati which appeared at the event in Milan, buoyed by the just-achieved target of 50,000 bike sales and brimming with new products, innovative technology and plans for the future.
Titled ‘More than Red: Black, Wild and Pop’ the Ducati World Première 2016 streamed live around the world and was reportedly viewed by followed by thousands of people.
The Ducati World Première 2016 showcased several new bikes: two new Ducati Scramblers, the Flat Track Pro version and the all-new Sixty2; the new Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939 family; the new Panigale 959; the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak; the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the eagerly awaited XDiavel.
If riders thought Ducati promising to enter new two-wheeled worlds was just hyperbole, they should look to the all-new Multistrada 1200 Enduro. Promising to open up a whole new ‘Wild’ world, representing the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s entry into the maxi-enduro segment.
As a new generation of bikers seem to want to leave the asphalt behind, this certainly appears to be one of the segments enjoying a lot of attention from motorcycle manufacturers. Apparently, Ducati has noticed as well.
Calling the new model ‘born to explore and unstoppable on any terrain’, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro is a full-optional bike designed to satisfy even the most demanding globetrotter. Moreover, it's a maxi-enduro that has specifically been designed and built to handle the stress and strain of off-road riding.
The riding position of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro has been designed to ensure more control during off-road riding, with the same comfort for long-distance road riding. The handlebar is higher, the seat is narrower in the crotch area corresponding to the footpegs, which are produced in steel with removable rubber covers.
As with the footpegs, the levers also have a design inspired by the off-road world: the height of the rear brake lever can be easily adjusted, while the gear lever is foldable to prevent breakage in the case of a crash or impact with an obstacle. Protecting the twin-cylinder of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro is an aluminum sump guard, provided as standard, with supports linked directly to the frame.
The double-sided swingarm is made of shell-cast aluminum, its combination of brushed and rough-finished parts offers eye-catching appeal. Specially designed for off-road use, this tough swingarm combines limited weight with an excellent ability to absorb the punishment meted out by off-road riding.
Positioning the motorcycle for not only capable but also comfortable off-road handling, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro enjoys spoked wheels, 19’’ at the front and 17’’ at the rear and features electronic semi-active Sachs suspension on both the front and rear. Add a nearly eight gallon fuel tank, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro has a range that can exceed 280 miles.
Ducati's 2016 Multistrada 1200 Enduro - Source Ducati Motor Holdings
As with its other models, Ducati knows the devil is in the details, making sure the technology it delivers with the Multistrada 1200 Enduro helps bikers with the ride they’re facing. Those blazing across rural trails have much different needs in their riding assistance than those whose only concern is straightening out the asphalt curves. Based on whats been added to its Multistrada 1200 Enduro, Ducati understands this.
Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system, with 200 mm of wheel travel, all come as standard. Moreover, Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) has been introduced to aid uphill starts.
Cornering ABS controls braking, maximizing safety even when the bike is leaning; DucatiTraction Control regulates rear wheel sliding. Attention is also paid to comfort: Cruise Control, Hands-Free ignition and back-lit handlebar switches greatly enhance the riding experience.
An interesting technology is Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL), a system designed to ensure greater active safety during night riding or when there is little light. On approaching a corner, the dedicated LED light positioned inside the headlights will light up in the direction of the road according to a set lean angle, ensuring better lateral visibility.
The new Multistrada 1200 Enduro is equipped with a 5" Full-TFT display. The configuration of the display is variable and adapts automatically depending on changes in light and the selected Riding Mode, showing, in each case, the most useful data with which to manage the selected riding style. In addition, the display can be set up by the rider according to requirements.
What would any motorcycle be without the ability to tap into a rider’s smartphone? Using Ducati’s Multimedia System technology, riders can connect a smartphone via Bluetooth to the bike and answer calls using the buttons on the handlebar. The system also allows riders to listen to music and receive notification when an SMS arrives.
Finally, with the Multistrada Link App, riders can record their performance and trips, winning rewards and sharing everything with friends.
Developed alongside the bike itself, a broad range of dedicated accessories have also been developed with a focus on off-road needs
Enduro pack offers riders side and lower protectors to preserve the engine from accidental impacts while the grills for the oil and cooling liquid radiators are protected from debris. The LED lights improve visibility, while the brake disc protector and chain guard flap protect the fundamental organs of the bike, increasing safety on muddy, uneven paths.
Sold as the Touring pack, this package allows the rider and passenger to take on any trip, worry-free offering aluminum side bags, with 83 liter capacity which were produced in collaboration with Touratech. Heated grips make the trip comfortable, while the handlebar bag is essential for keeping all of a rider’s personal belongings safe and close at hand.
The Sport pack consists of a’ concentration of adrenalin and pure riding enjoyment’. The Sport pack offers strong emotions thanks to the homologated Ducati Performance by Termignoni titanium exhaust and sporty, machined details such as the brake and clutch fluid tank covers and black pump cover.
Finally, Ducati’s Urban pack, designed to offer an even smarter ride in the city, it is composed of an aluminum topcase produced in collaboration with Touratech with 35 lt capacity, a tank pocket bag and charger so riders can keep their smartphone close even when it is recharging.
Gone are the days when a motorcycle manufacturer would simply change out a model's tank decals and tires just to call it off-road. Ducati’s design team have obviously put a lot of thought and effort into this ‘new world’ approach in the Multistrada 1200 Enduro.
While this does speak volumes about the quality of motorcycle built by Ducati, it says more about the standards and high expectations of the modern rider.