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Ducati Reveals the 2013 Multistrada 1200

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Model Lineup

Since its introduction in 2010, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 has provided the optimal platform for those seeking a do-it-all motorcycle.

The bike arrived with the same 1198 engine featured in Ducati’s superbike, but the powerhouse was detuned for better street manners; Ducati renamed the engine the Testastretta 11° for its 11° valve overlap (reduced from the Superbike’s 41° overlap).

The 2010 Multistrada 1200 featured four riding modes, eight levels of traction control, and Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W), and arrived in a standard mode, an S Touring and an S Sport, the latter two receiving ABS.

Not much changed for the next two years, except for the addition of a Pikes Peak model, introduced in 2011, and ABS becoming standard on all models, introduced last year.

But for 2013, Ducati has revised the Multistrada, the “many roads” motorcycle receiving enhanced aesthetics, a second generation Testastretta 11° engine, the very latest ABS and, on the “S” versions, the innovative semi-active suspension system, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS). This DSS is the first in Ducati’s history that will allow “semi-active” electronic suspension adjustments without rider input, a technology similar to what BMW just released on its HP4.

For 2013, the Ducati S Touring will be upgraded with additional side luggage, heated grips and a center stand as standard equipment.

The new additional to the Ducati Multistrada 1200 model lineup – the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo – features increased side luggage capacity, a top case, addtional LED illumination, enhanced wind protection and long-distance tires.

Ducati also returns with the Multistrada S Pikes Peak, which dons Corse colors, and celebrates the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb races that the Multistrada 1200 has dominated for the past three years.

Speaking of the model’s technology, Ducati says “the Multistrada’s award-winning Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro electronic Riding Modes enable a truly enjoyable and customisable riding experience separated by just one click of a button.

“The four-bikes-in-one concept makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings, traction control, and now ABS and Ducati Skyhook Suspension, instantly transforming the Multistrada 1200 to suit its rider and environment with even more precision.”

Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 International Press Test is set to take place in Bilbao, Spain from Sept. 20-27. The bike will unveiled to the pubic at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany, Oct. 3-7. Ducati says the 2013 Multistrada 1200 models will be available via the official Ducati dealer network from December 2012.

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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