Du­cati Mul­tistrada MTS1200 Split per­son­al­i­ties

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS PARKES VETS • POWER RALLY - Test Rennie Scays­brook Pho­tos Jim Scays­brook

The most ver­sa­tile mo­tor­cy­cle in Du­cati’s range is just as much fun with­out the elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable sus­pen­sion that sets the high­er­spec MTS1200 S apart from its ri­vals.

It’s been five years since the Mul­tistrada MTS1200 S hit Aussie shores and in that time it’s de­vel­oped al­most a cult fol­low­ing. This is a bike seem­ingly made for Aussie roads and tracks – a ma­chine Du­cati proudly boasts is four bikes in one, thanks to the four dif­fer­ent en­gine rid­ing modes and vari­able sus­pen­sion set­tings. But that’s the en­hanced S model, what of the stan­dard MTS1200? This bike doesn’t come with the elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable sus­pen­sion, which has been the MTS sell­ing point since its in­cep­tion, but it does come with the same vari­able en­gine modes as the S model (Sport, Tour­ing, Ur­ban and En­duro), and a whop­ping $7,000 ex­tra back in your pocket over the big brother S model (you could go to the Ital­ian Mo­toGP on that, just to com­plete the Du­cati ex­pe­ri­ence!). Ev­ery­thing else is the same – you get the 1198cc, 106 x 67.9mm L-twin with a claimed power fig­ure of a stonk­ing 150hp, six-speed gear­box, comfy seat and high ’bars, top notch Brembo brakes, ABS and trac­tion con­trol and a plethora of op­tions via the Du­cati Ac­ces­sories cat­a­logue. It’s one of the safest – and fastest – ma­chines on the road.

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