Du­cati re­de­fines ad­ven­ture

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

DU­CATI presents the Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro, the most ad­ven­tur­ous ver­sion yet of the renowned Bologna-built multi­bike.

Born to be un­stop­pable on any ter­rain, the Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro is a full-op­tional bike de­signed to sat­isfy even the most de­mand­ing glo­be­trot­ter.

This maxi-en­duro has specif­i­cally been de­vel­oped and built to han­dle the stress and strain of off-road rid­ing. Du­cati test rid­ers have put the Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro through its paces un­der the most ex­treme rid­ing con­di­tions to en­sure re­li­a­bil­ity what­ever the ter­rain, while main­tain­ing the ride qual­ity and fun one ex­pects from a Du­cati.

Thanks to spoked wheels — 19’’ at the front and 17’’ at the rear — the Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro is per­fect for long-dis­tance ad­ven­tures.

Fea­tur­ing elec­tronic semi-ac­tive Sachs sus­pen­sion (front and rear) and a 30-litre fuel tank, the Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro has a range that can ex­ceed 450 kilo­me­tres.

The Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro marks Du­cati’s en­try into a new mar­ket seg­ment, that of the maxi-en­duro tour­ers; how­ever there’s been no com­pro­mis­ing on Du­cati style and tech­nol­ogy. The smart, sports look has been re­newed and up­graded with nu­mer­ous off-road fea­tures.

The elec­tron­ics pack­age is ev­ery­thing a rider could wish for, thanks to the in­er­tial mea­sure­ment unit (IMU), de­vel­oped by Bosch, which dy­nam­i­cally mea­sures pitch and roll an­gles and ac­cel­er­a­tion along the three axes, rais­ing per­for­mance and safety standards even fur­ther.

On the Mul­tistrada 1 200 en­duro cor­ner­ing ABS, cor­ner­ing lights (DCL), Du­cati trac­tion control (DTC), 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, for the very first time on a Du­cati, ve­hi­cle hold control (VHC) has been in­tro­duced to aid up­hill starts. Tested and de­vel­oped un­der the most ex­treme con­di­tions, the Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro fea­tures the ex­cel­lent, hard-wear­ing Mul­tistrada 1 200 frame to­gether with a new twin-sided swingarm. The bike is pow­ered by the tried and tested 160 hp Du­cati Tes­tas­tretta DVT (Des­mod­romic Vari­able Tim­ing) en­gine with Euro 4 type ap­proval, now equipped with a new ex­haust sys­tem.

Thanks to Rid­ing Mode tech­nol­ogy (En­duro, Tour­ing, Sport and Ur­ban), the Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro of­fers that same four-bikes-in-one spirit that has made the Du­cati multi­bike such a win­ner.

Other as-stan­dard fea­tures on the Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro in­clude elec­tronic speed control and the Blue­tooth mod­ule; the lat­ter, via the Du­cati mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem (DMS), lets rid­ers con­nect the bike to a smart­phone and man­age key mul­ti­me­dia func­tions (in­com­ing calls, text mes­sag­ing, mu­sic) via the switchgears and dis­play in­for­ma­tion on the TFT dash­board.

The new Mul­tistrada Link App for iOS and An­droid pro­vides ac­cess to a whole series of func­tions. Th­ese process bike data re­ceived via Blue­tooth al­low­ing the user to im­prove, ex­tend and share the ride ex­pe­ri­ence via con­nec­tion with the du­cati.com web­site or so­cial net­works.

The Mul­tistrada 1 200 En­duro comes in three dif­fer­ent colours and can be per­son­alised with items from the com­pre­hen­sive Du­cati Per­for­mance ac­ces­sory cat­a­logue by Tourat­ech which in­cludes the four En­duro, Tour­ing, Sport and Ur­ban pack­ages.

— Sup­plied.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

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