Versatility sells. That’s a fact. But when the level of orders exceeds even the manufacturer’s expectations is when you know you got yourself a winner in your lucky hands. This pretty much describes Ducati’s case with the all-new Multistrada 1200, which was introduced in the United States this past weekend. Turns out that the 150hp and over 87lb/ft of torque Italian motorcycle featuring four different riding modes – Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro – won the hearts of the Americans and Ducati has pre-sold more than 500 units. They even call it "2010’s Hottest Motorcycle," and it now comes with a sixty-day waiting period. Please read the press release after the jump.
Ducati’s Borgo Panigale factory turns similar to a motorcycle saloon booth every time a new model joins the lineup and this time it was the turn of the Multistrada 1200 to be the soul of the party. The first bike, a white S model to be precise, rolled off the assembly line a couple of days ago and the event took place in the presence of Production Director Silvano Fini, Ducati Motor CEO Gabriele Del Torchio and Product Director Claudio Domenicali, not to mention the crowd of proud workers. We can only imagine how satisfying moments like these are for everybody involved.
Ever since the world has first seen Ducati’s all-new Multistrada 1200 we’ve been hearing complains about the thing looking like a duck mostly because of that big nose. Even so, the most potent BMW R1200GS competitor was voted the most beautiful bike at the EICMA show in Milan, where Ducati unveiled it.
Because he thought the new Multistrada needs a nose job before fully deserving its votes, Motoblog reader Marco has come up with this rendering. He started by removing the front beak and repositioned the LED lights and that’s pretty much it. Simply take a look at the bike’s profile and you’ll notice the difference yourself.
In the now traditional survey attained by the Italian magazine Motociclismo at this year’s edition of the EICMA show in Milan, the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 turned out to be the audience’s favorite in what regards aspect, with a decent percentage in front of the new MV Agusta F4 superbike.
Although we are still traversing the global economic crisis, EICMA 2009 was very successful, more than 450.000 people participating at the 67th edition of the show, which registered a 30% raise of international public.
Ducati has finally made their much awaited move – go against the BMW R1200GS – and they did it in their own characteristic style. Not only the new Multistrada 1200 looks one-of-a-kind, but it is also backed up by a 150hp Italian engine.
During no less than two years, we’ve seen the new Ducati Multistrada being developed, rendered and tested until finally finding out that two versions will be available – a standard version with optional ABS and a high-spec S version (how does an Ohlins electronically adjustable suspension system sound to you?). This last ramifies into two editions – Sport and Touring.
The Sport Edition can be distinguished by the presence of carbon fiber parts such as the engine covers, front air intakes, rear mudguard and spoilers.
The Touring Edition’s distinguishing features are the panniers, heated grips and a center stand. More information as we have it.
After finally unveiling the all-new Ducati Multistrada 1200 at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, we found that the 150bhp Italian enduro motorcycle is extremely versatile as a result of the four electronic riding modes: Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. So Ducati has released a video explaining the concept behind these modes, but because they wanted to keep it cheap, they use animated pencil sketches to illustrate how their systems works.
A newly-launched Ducati website teases us with an official video of the Multistrada 1200 (initially thought to be "Strada Aperta" or "Stradaperta") which they will reveal on November 9th at EICMA. The Italian manufacturer finally decided that their new adventure touring motorcycle will benefit of the 1198.4cc twin from the Ducati 1198 instead of the Streetfighter’s less powerful 1099cc mill. This is great news, but we can’t understand why "Open Road" translated in Italian suddenly didn’t sounded good to Ducati any more. Watch the video after the jump.
These latest spy shots of the Ducati Strada Aperta come to reveal the fact that the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has entered in a straight line with the development of its new bike in expectancy of the 2009 Milan Show.
The future Multistrada won’t be a veritable street enduro model, but more of a sport-touring motorcycle offering the ability to hit the off-road once in a while. We look at it as to a taller, comfier and possibly more often dirtier Yamaha FZ1, but it is a totally different thing when it comes to the engine. Unlike the Fazer’s in-line four-cylinder engine, the spied bike will be powered by a 4-valve, liquid-cooled Testastretta Evoluzione engine displacing, most likely, 1200cc.
If it is to look at it in terms of engine configuration and expected performance, models such as the Triumph Tiger and KTM 990 SMT seem more adequate for the comparison.
When Ducati set out to built the sport-touring Multistrada 1100 model they did it with top notch engineering, refinement and, most of all, style. As a 2009 model year, this represents the Italian way of building a bike that would prove efficient on the way to and from work during the first five days of the week and great fun during weekend trips as well.
Not only that, but Ducati also offers the “S” Multistrada 1100 model, which is no more or less than an upgraded model with performance suspensions and even carbon fiber insertions.
After revealing with courtesy of MCN the first spy shots featuring the all-new 2010 Ducati Multistrada, we get to see in the same way a proper computer interpretation of the bike that is meant to become THE alternative for the BMW R1200GS.
This is how the adventure-style Ducati will supposedly look when it will be shipped to dealers in 2010 and these lasts confirm it: "This is an accurate representation of what the bike looks like. I know I could sell loads of them this week if they were available."
Ducati plans are to present the new Multistrada at the Milan Motorcycle Show this November and start selling it at the beginning of 2010.