Harder Strada

New En­duro Pro model

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR WRITER

Over the last few years the Du­cati Mul­tistrada has steadily trans­formed it­self from an ad­ven­ture-styled sports tourer into a com­pletely cred­i­ble off-road ma­chine – and now it’s tak­ing another step to­wards the dirt. The new En­duro Pro builds on the foun­da­tions laid by the Mul­tistrada En­duro and Du­cati say the Pro is “de­signed for rid­ers ea­ger to get off-road and get ex­plor­ing”. So what’s new?

En­duro’s new clothes

Like it or loathe it, a big part of the ad­ven­ture bike craze is the look and that’s where many of the big changes come on the En­duro Pro. The whole bike has a new sand-coloured paintscheme that is re­flected in the new two-tone sad­dle. To keep the sleek looks the sub­frame is now painted black, as are the al­ter­na­tor and clutch cov­ers. Com­plet­ing the rally look and help­ing with a bet­ter view of the road is a low screen.

To tempt you fur­ther off the beaten path, the En­duro Pro is fit­ted with Pirelli Scor­pion Rally tyres as stan­dard and if those tyres take you places where it all gets out of hands, the Pro has a set of crash pro­tec­tion bars made by Tourat­ech, which could come in handy. A Du­cati wouldn’t be a Du­cati with­out the sound track ei­ther, so the Pro also comes with a ti­ta­nium Ter­mignoni ex­haust.

The rest of the bike is the same, so it shares the stan­dard En­duro’s 1200cc Tes­trastretta DVT en­gine, which pumps out 160hp and 100ftlb of torque. It’s also got the same trac­tion con­trol, wheelie con­trol, power modes and cor­ner­ing ABS. It’s also re­tained the com­forts of the stan­dard En­duro in­clud­ing cruise con­trol, hill-hold con­trol, a de­cent 30-litre fuel tank and semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion.

Lit­tle ras­cals

It’s clear that the En­duro Pro has been de­signed to com­pete di­rectly with the new BMW R1200GS Ral­lye, as it shares the same hard­core off-road fo­cus while main­tain­ing some road go­ing sen­si­bil­i­ties and com­fort. While the elec­tronic pack­ages of both bikes are sim­i­lar, the BMW has Pro modes at­tached to its elec­tron­ics that are suited to­wards ag­gres­sive off-road rid­ing. In prac­tice they work very well, the brakes es­pe­cially, so it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how the Du­cati com­pares when the bike is avail­able in July.

The Ral­lye has gen­er­ated a lot of in­ter­est for BMW and clearly Du­cati will be hop­ing the En­duro Pro will do the same for them.

It also leaves the door open for a Mul­tistrada 950 En­duro, per­haps with a 21in front wheel to com­pete with the equally off-road fo­cused KTM 1090 Ad­ven­ture R.

Du­cati say the Mul­tistrada En­duro Pro will be avail­able in the UK from July, start­ing from £18,995.

The new En­duro Pro looks rugged

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