Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring | Quick Ride Review

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring | Quick Ride Review

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring Test

The 1200cc era of the Ducati Multistrada was launched in 2010, and quickly cemented a reputation as a cutting-edge sport-touring bike—with off-road capability if you dare.

Ducati’s four-bikes-in-one concept is based on selectable riding modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro) that optimize the electronically adjustable suspension (updated for 2013, though this review is of the 2012) and Ducati’s awesome Testastretta motor for the desired riding conditions.

However, Ducati now takes the concept to another level with their Skyhook Suspension System that detects the prevailing conditions and automatically adjusts the suspension accordingly to maintain the bike’s road attitude.

The smooth motor has perfectly calibrated EFI coupled with dual sparkplugs per cylinder, so complete combustion is assured. Power and torque are abundant, and if you think too much is on tap, feel free to use the Urban setting to slow things down. The gearbox and final drive ratios have also been optimized for touring, offering extended fuel range and fewer vibes from the L-twin.

With 150 horses on tap when you need them, Ducati has given the Multistrada 1200 S Touring handling to match that sort of power. You can ride this touring bike with a serious amount of commitment, and it will deliver the feedback you need. Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires may sound like a dirt/street compromise, but they perform astonishingly well on the pavement.

In the dirt the front cylinder head is not well-protected, and the smallish front wheel is not ideal for off-road handling. Just consider the Multistrada to be a stunning sport-touring bike, and buy an adventure bike if off-roading is in the cards.

Without a doubt, the Multistrada offers a unique take on the long-distance motorcycle genre. The bike’s 58-liter color-matched panniers, heated grips, and center stand please the touring cognoscenti. If you want a seriously high-performance, high-tech motorcycle capable of long distance in comfort, then the Ducati Multistrada S 1200 Touring is very hard to beat.

Story from Ultimate MotorCycling’s Special Travel Issue

Avatar
Arthur Coldwells
President and Owner of Ultimate MotorCycling magazine

2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR: All New (15 Fast Facts)

Kawasaki has totally revamped its 2021 Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR superbikes. The motorcycles, built with input from Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT), won the past...

2021 Kawasaki KLX300SM First Look with Specs (6 Fast Facts)

Adding to the KLX300R and all-new KLX300 dual-sport, Kawasaki has completed it's 2021 KLX lineup with an unexpected motorcycle. Meet the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300SM,...

2021 Kawasaki KLX300 First Look (5 Fast Facts)

From the moment we rode the 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R, we were crossing our fingers that we would see a dual-sport version. It took only...

2021 Honda Trail 125 Review (17 Fast Facts On- and Off-Road)

Honda continues to mine its archives for fun, approachable, small-displacement motorcycles with the release of their cool-as-a-Swiss-army-knife 2021 Honda Trail 125 ABS. This is...

1957 Gilera Extra Rossa 175 by Machine 1867: The Inside Story

“I really liked the look of the engine,” Edi Buffon of Machine 1867 explains, “and I thought I’d make something really interesting from it.” The...

2021 BMW S 1000 R First Look (16 Fast Facts + Specs and Photos)

Last year, the BMW S 1000 RR superbike enjoyed a major overhaul. The 2021 BMW S 1000 R upright naked sportbike gets much the...