Du­cati to in­crease cc and power, but re­duce weight on its top-of -the-range ad­ven­ture bike

MCN - - Front Page - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Doc­u­ments pub­lished by the Cal­i­for­nia Air Re­search Board have re­vealed that there is a new larger-ca­pac­ity Mul­tistrada on the way. They list three new models of ‘Mul­tistrada 1260’, with all three boast­ing a new 1262cc en­gine. The Mul­tistrada is cur­rently pow­ered by a 1200cc Tes­tas­tretta en­gine with the firm’s DVT vari­able valve tim­ing, but MCN un­der­stands the new 1260 will be based on the en­gine cur­rently used in the mighty XDi­avel. Both en­gines have the same her­itage, but the DVT Tes­tas­tretta fit­ted to the XDi­avel has had the wa­ter pump moved to be­tween the cylin­ders. This al­lowed the de­sign­ers to clean up the out­side of the en­gine con­sid­er­ably, so that it looks nicer ex­posed on the XDi­avel. Both en­gines have a 106mm bore, but the en­gine in the XDi­avel gains the ex­tra ca­pac­ity from a longer stroke. The power fig­ures for both en­gines are sim­i­lar too – both en­gines make 152bhp. How­ever, the peak torque ar­rives much sooner in the rev range on the XDi­avel. The CARB doc­u­ments also show that the en­gine in the new Mul­tistrada will pro­duce al­most twice the emis­sions of the cur­rent XDi­avel, sug­gest­ing that it will be in a much higher state of tune. As­sum­ing it fol­lows the same torque curve of the ex­ist­ing bike we ex­pect it to pro­duce around 165bhp, which means it will take the power bat­tle firmly to KTM’s new fam­ily of 1290 ad­ven­ture models. The doc­u­ments also show that the 1260 Mul­tistrada will be an im­pres­sive 10kg lighter than the 1200, which is a con­sid­er­able weight sav­ing and could see the bike nip be­neath 200kg dry. It’s not clear how Du­cati have achieved this, but with the new en­gine it’s pos­si­ble the en­tire frame and swingarm have been re­designed. With the new V4 Du­cati ex­pected to use an alu­minium twinspar frame, it’s pos­si­ble the Mul­tistrada will fol­low suit – while the sub­frame is likely re­main a steel trel­lis. It will be the light­est big ad­ven­ture bike by far, mak­ing it 15kg less porky than the sim­i­larly-pow­ered KTM. So when are we go­ing to see it? Du­cati have a lot go­ing on at the mo­ment with the V4 due at the end of 2017 as a 2018 model, as well as the re­cent re­lease of the 1200 En­duro Pro – so it seems likely that the new 1260 will be shown at the end of 2018, as a 2019 model.

Du­cati’s big­ger Mul­tistrada will take the fight to KTM’s range-top­pers

The XDi­avel mo­tor is 1262cc and ex­pected to ap­pear in a new Mul­tistrada

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