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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 And though since superseded by newer models, this 2010 example barely seems dated at all.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.
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.
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.