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2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 | Preview

Multistrada 1200

The new 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 combines innovative design and unprecedented technology to unleash four-bikes-in-one. Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro riding modes now enable a truly enjoyable and customizable riding experience separated by just one click.

The ground-breaking design makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings and traction control, transforming the Multistrada 1200 to the rider’s needs, and not the other way around.

Hailed as a true ‘game-changing’ motorcycle, the technologically-advanced Multistrada 1200 is sure to attract all types of riders by opening up the borders between motorcycle categories.

With the new 150hp Testastretta 11° engine, a class-leading dry weight of just 189kg (417lb) and the application of advanced ergonomics, the Multistrada 1200 is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels.

The Multistrada 1200 offers ABS as optional, while the flagship Multistrada 1200 S presents ABS and Ducati Electronic Suspension by Öhlins as standard equipment. The 1200 S is available in ‘Sport edition’ with carbon fibre components or ‘Touring edition’ with side luggage, heated grips and centre stand.

Multistrada 1200 Concept

‘A new biking concept’. That was the brief given to the Ducati designers when they started work on the original Multistrada. It arrived on the market in spring of 2003 and, typical of the Bologna manufacturer, created a new and exciting segment. A new vision which combined sports performance with trail road capabilities and provided a comfortable ride and unrivalled versatility.

Initially produced with the air-cooled 1000 DS engine, and later upgraded to 1100cc in 2006, the Multistrada immediately made a name for itself with its bold personality. Thanks to its impressive performance, it soon became synonymous with pure riding pleasure by being equally at ease on mountain roads or motorways and ideal for long distances as well as agile and manageable in town.

Now, Ducati have taken the concept much further, with a design that satisfies the demands of all motorcyclists in one bike. The new Multistrada 1200 puts the emphasis on Multi by being a sport bike that is powerful, fun and easy to ride, while giving first priority to safety and comfort.


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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