Service Intervals Extended With the arrival of the new Multistrada 1200, Ducati will reach a significant milestone in the company’s engineering history by extending the periods between major services on the new model to an owner-friendly 24,000km (15,000 miles).
Doubling the mileage between valve clearance inspection has been made possible with the introduction of a new valve seat material combined with improved combustion efficiency and temperature management designed into the Multistrada’s new Testastretta 11° engine. So called because of its minimised 11° of ‘valve overlap’ – the interval of crankshaft rotation during which both the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time – the new Desmodromic power plant not only transforms the world championship-winning 1198 configuration into a super-smooth 150hp motor for sport touring, but also improves fuel efficiency, emissions and cost of scheduled maintenance.First revealed at the Milan International Motorcycle Show in November 2009, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 combines innovative design and unprecedented technology to unleash a four-bikes-in-one concept. Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro riding modes now enable a customisable 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 to transform the Multistrada 1200 to meet the rider’s needs, and not the other way around.Arriving in Ducati showrooms from early 2010, the 189kg (417lb) Multistrada 1200 is offered with optional ABS, 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 specific components in carbon fibre or ‘Touring edition’ with side luggage, heated grips and centre stand.A long list of pre-orders for the Italian manufacturer’s latest masterpiece reflects the massive interest generated since its official unveiling, an interest now further enhanced by the added benefit of more ‘strada’ between major services.