The 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S has a lot to love, but what makes it truly great is the new Testastretta 11° engine which is developed using the company’s experience in World Superbike.
The company says that its new Testastretta 11° is an engine for all environments, as its versatile nature makes it perfect for race tracks, long-distance touring or everyday urban use. The L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled unit delivers a maximum output of 150hp - 110.3kW @ 9250 rpm and 87.5lb-ft (118.7Nm) of torque @ 7500 rpm. Power is sent to the ground by means of a six speed gear box.
As far as suspensions go, the 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is equipped with Öhlins 48mm fully adjustable usd forks with electronic compression and rebound adjustment, and a rear fully adjustable Ohlins electronic monoshock.
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A desire to make the World Superbike engine accessible to everyone resulted in the design and creation of the brand new Testastretta 11°, a motor that’s a racer at heart and yet ready for long-distance touring or everyday urban use.
So named because of its minimised 11° of ‘valve overlap’ - the interval of crankshaft rotation during which both intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time - the new Desmodromic power plant not only transforms the Testastretta Evoluzione’s world championship-winning 41° configuration into a super-smooth motor for sport touring, but also improves fuel efficiency, emissions and cost of scheduled maintenance.
The Testastretta 11° is an engine for all environments and the perfect ‘game-changer’ for the four-bikes-in-one concept.
The ‘S’ version of the Multistrada 1200 is equipped with the latest generation 48mm Öhlins forks featuring the innovative Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES). The brand new fork technology enables rebound and compression damping adjustments electronically controlled via the instrument panel. The top of the range Öhlins TTX rear monoshock is also adjusted electronically in both spring pre-load and rebound and compression damping.
The electronic suspension adjustment can be made easily by using the pre-set riding modes, which have been developed by Ducati test riders, or independent mode, which allows riders to use their own personal settings. Adjustments made electronically send a signal that initiates electronic actuators mounted on the suspension units.
In addition to the riding modes of Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro, there is also an option to quickly change the suspension setting to suit ‘rider only’, ‘rider with luggage’, ‘rider and passenger’ or ‘rider and passenger with luggage’.
The Multistrada 1200 seat immediately transmits a sense of comfort. Constructed in two separate sections for the rider and passenger, the design focussed on form and cushion density to ensure maximum comfort during long journeys and user-friendly lateral shaping to help give sure-footed ground contact when stationary. A confidence-inspiring passenger grab-handle offers a secure and comfortable grip.
The Multistrada 1200 ignition is not actuated with a normal key. Instead, an electronic key in the rider’s pocket communicates with the Multistrada when within a distance of approximately 2 metres (6.5ft), recognising the dedicated key code and automatically enabling the bike’s systems. Pressing the key-on switch then activates all systems to ‘on’ and the engine is ready to be started.
The electronic key, which internally consists of a radio circuit, externally doubles as a mechanical flip-key, required to open the seat and fuel tank cap. When parking the motorcycle an electronic locking device can be actuated on the steering simply by applying full steering-lock and pressing the ignition-off button a second time.
L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad. ABS as standard equipment
245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
FUEL TANK CAPACITY
20l - 5.3 gallon (US)
2 years unlimited mileage
BODY COLOUR (FRAME/WHEEL)
Red (racing grey / black) - Arctic white (racing grey / black) - Race titanium (racing black / black)
Dual seat, ABS as standard equipment
Not available on this model
Bikez----"While the Touring riding mode is also programmed to produce 150hp, the power characteristics are designed in a configuration that delivers a smoother and more user-friendly throttle response. Active safety is already available with the advanced ABS system."
Total Motorcycle----"A dream Ducati - 4 bikes in 1. A sport bike, long-distance tourer, urban and road enduro are now separated by just one click.
Touring Edition - Characterised by the ABS and DES by Öhlins systems, the ’S’ version Touring edition focuses on comfort and cargo for long-distance travel with handy heated grips, 57 litres of stylish side luggage and a centre stand for practicality."