Du­cati’s Mul­tistrada 1200 En­duro

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Du­cati launched its new Mul­tistrada 1200 En­duro last month claim­ing that this version of the big Ad­ven­ture bike was the most ‘off-road’ big bike it has ever made. The bike will cost £16,690 in red or £16,890 in grey/white.

Du­cati boss, Clau­dio Domeni­cali, said: “The new En­duro 1200 is a prod­uct that we really never ever had in our range. It’s a prod­uct that’s been de­vel­oped to cope with ex­treme sit­u­a­tions and is a prod­uct with which you can start dream­ing about how to con­quer any ter­rain. We call it the wild style of Du­cati.

“Play­ing with ac­ces­sories and com­po­nents you can cre­ate dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the same mo­tor­cy­cle. With this bike you can have a pure off-road version, a true off-road mo­tor­cy­cle, the other version that we are show­ing to­day is a true globe trot­ter, so you can travel with a lot of lug­gage.”

Pow­ered by the same 1199cc DVT (Des­mod­romic Vari­able tim­ing) mo­tor that is in the stan­dard Mul­tistrada 1200 and S mod­els we’ve al­ready got, the changes are all about how well the bike can now cope with se­ri­ous off-road ac­tion. The new bike gets dif­fer­ent sized wheels to the bike it re­places. There’s a 19in front wheel, a 17in rear spoked wheels and the tyre sizes are 120/70 and 170/60.

Domeni­cali added: “The orig­i­nal bike was con­ceived as a road mo­tor­cy­cle. But this is dif­fer­ent. The bike’s body­work is more rugged, the pan­els are in alu­minium so that they are light­weight and tough – they are more ro­bust.

“The 200mm stroke sus­pen­sion is longer in stroke but the harder and softer parts of the elec­tronic sus­pen­sion have been de­signed specif­i­cally to cope with tougher ter­rain. The ground clear­ance, at 205mm, is 31mm higher than on the pre­vi­ous model and there is also a dou­ble sided swingarm, high-exit ex­haust, a 30-litre new shape fuel tank with a 280-mile range and a new seat too.

“The new seat lets the rider move back and forth when rid­ing up­right, stand­ing on the your flat feet while rid­ing off-road. The bike also gets var­i­ous rid­ing modes, wheelie con­trol, trac­tion con­trol and for this bike specif­i­cally we have ve­hi­cle hold con­trol for when rid­ing and stop­ping/ start­ing on a hill.”

The bike’s cruise con­trol is stan­dard and it also comes with com­bined ABS with mid-cor­ner func­tion too. There are four ac­ces­sory pack­ages; tour­ing, sport, ur­ban and en­duro.

The En­duro tops the scale at 234kg wet and the seat height is 870mm. The bike gets three colours; Phan­tom grey, Star white and Du­cati red.

Du­cati also re­vealed a Mul­tistrada Pikes Peak edi­tion in the range. Ba­si­cally, it’s a high-end, spe­cific spec version of the bike with a car­bon wind­shield and car­bon body­work, a com­plete Ter­mignoni ex­haust sys­tem, three spoke wheels and Oh­lins sus­pen­sion. The Pikes Peak spe­cial edi­tion will sell for £19,220.

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