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.
MCN’s spy photographers have come up with the most recent shots of the Ducati Stradaperta, which was tested on a motocross track in Italy. While it is unclear how they managed to take such close shots at a presumably remote location, the persons in case also mentioned that the 1098-powered Italian bike “was getting at least six feet of air over some of the jumps,” but their exclusive pictures don’t show that.
Although the successor of the Multistrada was expected to come as a response to the KTM 990 SMT and Triumph Tiger, we can now start referring to it as being a quite possible rival for the R1200GS and KTM 990 Adventure. Still, as you can see, nothing is certain until the bike is unveiled in Milan next month.
These are the leaked official photos of the much anticipated Stradaperta, Hypermotard’s successor in the adventure touring class (that is if you get your hands on a pair of off-road wheels and soften up the suspension a little bit). The bike will be powered by a liquid-cooled, V-twin engine of large displacement such as the ones found on the Ducati Streetfighter (1099cc) and on the Ducati 1198 (1198cc).
In terms of style, Ducati makes quite a daring move with the aggressive air intakes cut into the mudguard and stops pretty much there. Now, we could have lived with the thought that this 2010 Italian road bike comes with a dirt-style mudguard, but what’s with the bar-mounted mirrors? At least they stick to the abbreviated brush guards with integrated indicators and keep things in the off-road register although the bike will most likely never leave the tarmac. The Ducati Stradaperta will debut at the EICMA show next month.