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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling - By Phil West MCN GUEST TESTER

What we said then

“The Mul­tistrada is an as­ton­ish­ingly well thought out, de­tailed and welle­quipped bike. Ev­ery­thing from the lug­gage sys­tem to the mir­rors is ef­fec­tive and clever. Un­der­neath the nice de­tails and touches is a bike that is part old Mul­tistrada in terms of feel and rid­ing po­si­tion, part Du­cati 1198 in terms of en­gine per­for­mance and part BMW GS in terms of prac­ti­cal­ity and ver­sa­til­ity. It could be the new bench­mark for the class.” MCN launch re­port | Fe­bru­ary 28, 2010

But what is it like now?

Back in 2010 the first 1200 MTS rev­o­lu­tionised the ad­ven­ture bike cat­e­gory by in­tro­duc­ing so­phis­ti­cated elec­tronic rider aids and su­per­bikestyle per­for­mance to the class – so much so, in fact, that within 50 me­tres of leav­ing Wheels, the Peter­bor­ough dealer sell­ing this mint, 11,000-mile, 2010 ex­am­ple, the Du­cati still seems Colours White or red Dealer £7200 Pri­vate good £6800 Pri­vate av­er­age £6500 This one 2010 base model in white with colour­matched lug­gage sys­tem. 33K miles, £5995 pretty much cut­ting-edge to­day. Sure, there have been two up­dates since, with im­proved Sky­hook sus­pen­sion in 2013 plus DVT vari­able valve tim­ing help­ing raise peak power to 160bhp along with new body­work and clocks in 2015. In ad­di­tion, this ex­am­ple is the base, non-s ver­sion, with­out the elec­tri­cally ad­justable Öh­lins, so it’s the old­est and plainest of all.

Though tall and up­right, the MTS is a clas­sic, po­tent, lumpy Du­cati sport­ster with bags of grunty drive and sharp, en­gag­ing steer­ing; though a base model, the 1200 still has enough good­ies to sat­isfy, rang­ing from switch­able en­gine modes to an ad­justable screen. And though since su­per­seded by newer mod­els, this 2010 ex­am­ple barely seems dated at all. Yes, most pre­fer the high­er­specced S ver­sion but at a sav­ing of get­ting on for £2000 this is still a tempt­ing propo­si­tion.

Any faults to watch for?

Not much goes wrong with Mul­tistradas. There were a few re­calls on early mod­els such as this so it’s worth check­ing they’ve been done but as this ex­am­ple has a full dealer ser­vice his­tory there’s not much to worry about. In­stead, it’s all about con­di­tion. Pres­tige bikes like Du­catis only com­mand top dol­lar if they’re in good nick and this one, bar a very slight scuff on the ex­haust and the usual dis­colour­ing of the stain­less header pipes, is ex­actly that.

What about the ex­tras?

Be­ing an ad­ven­ture bike, Mul­tistradas tend to get fes­tooned with ac­ces­sories such as lug­gage kits and heated grips and, es­pe­cially if they are fac­tory Du­cati items, this is gen­er­ally a good thing. This ex­am­ple, how­ever, is un­usual in be­ing not just the ba­sic 1200 ver­sion but also be­ing, with the ex­cep­tion of a tank pad and re­cent Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso Corsa tyres, com­pletely stan­dard and un­mo­lested. Still, that makes it a great blank can­vas should you want to spec it up your­self.

Af­fec­tion rekin­dled

Be­fore this re­visit I half ex­pected the older, base Mul­tistrada would now seem out­dated and out-gunned by newer ver­sions. Not so. Apart from the mono­chrome LCD dis­play, which does now seem a touch old hat com­pared to the lat­est full-colour ver­sions, this 2010 model is just as im­pres­sive, po­tent and use­ful as ever. Nor did I par­tic­u­larly miss the S ver­sion’s fancy sus­pen­sion. What you’re left with is a vir­tu­ally mint, stan­dard and just 11,000-mile ‘Strada in the ‘right’ colour which, at £7000 (when some later ver­sions are over £10k) is not only great value, it makes a tempt­ing blank can­vas you can spec up with ac­ces­sories ex­actly how you like.

This one

The 11¡ Desmo has ban­ished Du­cati re­li­a­bil­ity con­cerns but ser­vic­ing is crit­i­cal Ð es­pe­cially the Desmo ser­vice for the belts.

Cheaper than the S but still a great ride 2010 Du­cati Mul­tistrada 1200 £7000, 11,000 miles. www. wheelsmo­tor­cy­cles.co.uk

Cor­ro­sion/wear As a pres­tige ma­chine, any dam­age is crit­i­cal. Bar dis­coloured head­ers and a slight ex­haust end can scuff this one’s mint.

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