2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Preview
Since arriving in 2010, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 stuck to its roots of a four-in-one bike that offers “endless transformation.” This was due to the bike’s engine mappings that were changeable on the fly: Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro.
The Multistrada 1200 was an immediate success, winning many awards, and only got better in 2015 with the introduction of the new engine – the 1198cc Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) that produces 160 horsepower.
But though capable in Enduro mode, which drops horsepower to 100 and allows for rear tire spin and a snappier throttle, the Multistrada was never a true off-road capable motorcycle – a segment that BMW has ruled with its R1200GS and KTM with its 1190 Adventure.
The main problem? The 17-inch alloy wheels that can quickly get destroyed when off-road riding intensifies. Plus the 5.3-gallon tank didn’t get you too far – 180 miles at best under perfect riding conditions (read – not fun).
Ducati has listened to the crowds, and is finally offering a true ADV machine – the 2016 Ducati Multistrada Enduro. The Enduro is highlighted by spoked wheels – 19-inch front and 17-inch rear – wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires, and a large 7.9-gallon gas tank that Ducati says will provide 280 miles between fill ups.
Adding to the mix for supremacy in the “maxi-enduro tourers,” Ducati has fitted the Multistrada 1200 Enduro with electronic semi-active Sachs suspension, cornering ABS and – for the very first time on a Ducati – Vehicle Hold Control, which aids in uphill starts.
The other noticeable difference on the Ducati Multistrada Enduro is the use of a traditional dual-sided swingarm in place of the gorgeous single-sided setup; the dual-sided swingarm provides better strength for off-road situations.
Along with the bigger fuel tank, Ducati has extended the front beak, added an aluminum sump guard, and has now made the two tank side covers out of anodized aluminum. Ergonomics were also tweaked for the true ADV rider, and the Multistrada 1200 Enduro has a higher handlebar and a narrower seat, which is 34.25 inches standard, but available in a higher version (35 inches) and a lower version (33.46 inches).
The windscreen on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro is adjustable with one hand, and offers 2.36 inches of travel. As for other ADV-savvy features, the Ducati features two 12 V power sockets, an underseat USB socket, and a center stand as standard equipment. Heated grips and Touratech panniers are available as options.
The engine is the same one offered in the other Multistradas, the DVT producing 160 horsepower at 9500 rpm and 100 ft/lbs of torque at 7500 rpm. The engine is mounted to a six-speed transmission that features a lower first gear ratio over the other Multistradas, and a high-mounted 2-1-2 exhaust.
Besides the four riding modes, the Ducati Multistrada Enduro arrives with Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, 3-level cornering ABS, Ducati Cornering Lights, and a hands-free ignition. Of course, the Multistrada 1200 has LED lighting.
The Ducati Enduro’s suspension is handled by a 48mm Sachs front fork and a rear Sachs monoshock, both controlled by Ducati Skyhook Suspension. The Enduro’s suspension ensures 200mm of wheel travel at both the front and rear for optimal off-road performance.
Ducati has yet to release a price and when the Multistrada 1200 Enduro will come to the USA, but expect an announcement soon. For now, here are the colors, highlights, specs and a photo gallery of the 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro.
2016 Ducati Multistrada Enduro Colors:
- Ducati Red with Racing Grey frame and black wheel rims
- Phantom Grey with Racing Grey frame and black wheel rims
- Star White Silk with Racing Grey frame and black wheel rims
2016 Ducati Multistrada Enduro Highlights:
- Ducati Testastretta DVT engine
- Inertial Measurement Unit(IMU) by Bosch
- Bosch-Brembo ABS9.1ME Cornering braking system
- Electronic cruise control
- Riding Modes
- Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
- Ride-by-Wire Power Modes (PM)
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
- Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
- Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
- Sachs semi-active electronic suspension (front and rear): Ducati Skyhook Suspension
- (DSS) Evolution system
- Full LED headlight with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
- Dashboard with full-TFT5” color screen
- Center stand
2016 Ducati Multistrada Enduro Personalization Packages:
- Touring Pack: heated grips, Ducati Performance aluminum panniers by Touratech and
- Sport Pack: type-approved Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni (complies with EU
homologation requisites), billet black aluminum water pump cover, billet aluminum front brake
fluid and clutch fluid reservoir plugs
- Urban Pack: top case in aluminum, tank bag with tank lock and USB hub to charge electronic
- Enduro Pack: Supplementary LED lights, Ducati Performance components by Touratech:
engine protection bars, radiator protection, oil radiator guard, sprocket cover, rear brake guard
2016 Ducati Multistrada Enduro Specs:
- Engine: Ducati Testastretta DVT with Desmodromic Variable Timing, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Dual Spark, liquid cooled
- Displacement: 1,198.4 cc
- Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.9 mm
- Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
- Power: 117,7 kW (160 hp) @ 9,500 rpm
- Torque: 136 Nm (100,3 lb-ft) @ 7,500 rpm
- Fuel Injection: Bosch electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle bodies with Ride- by-Wire, equivalent diameter 56 mm
- Exhaust: Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, single stainless steel muffler
- Emissions: Euro 4
- Transmission: 6 speed
- Ratio: 1=38/14 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
- Primary Drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1
- Final Drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43
- Clutch: Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
- Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
- Wheelbase: 1556 mm (61.3)
- Rake: 25°
- Trail: 110 mm (4.3 in)
- Front Suspension: Sachs 48 mm fully adjustable usd forks. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS)
- Front Wheel Travel: 200 mm (7.9 in)
- Front Wheel: Tubeless spoked wheel in light alloy 3″ x 19″
- Front Tire: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70 R19 as optional Pirelli Scorpion Rally same measure
- Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Electronic compression & rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring pre-load adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS). Aluminum double-sided swingarm
- Rear Wheel Travel: 200 mm
- Rear Wheel: Tubeless spoked wheel in light alloy 4.50″ x 17″
- Rear Tire: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 170/60 R17 as optional Pirelli Scorpion Rally same measure
- Front Brakes: 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted monoblocco Brembo calipers, 4-piston, 2-pad, with cornering ABS as standard equipment
- Rear Brake: 265 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper, with cornering ABS as standard equipment
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 7.9 gallons (30 liters)
- Dry Weight: 496 lbs (225 kg)
- Wet Weight: 560 lbs (254 kg_
- Seat Height: Not adjustable 870 mm (890 – 850 mm with optional seats)
- Instrumentation: Color TFT display 5″
- Ducati Electronics: Vehicle hold control, Riding Modes, Power Modes, RbW , Ducati Safety Pack (cornering ABS + DTC), Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo, Ducati Wheelie Control, Cruise control, Hands-Free, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), TFT colour dashboard, Full Led headlamp with Ducati cornering lights
- Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage