2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 / S / Pikes Peak
Ducati made a surprising move when it unveiled the Multistrada for the first time in 2010. They were basically introduced to satiate the thirst of those motorcycling aficionados, who love traversing new territories with pace, but naturally, find the supersport motorcycles too hardcore for the job. The Multistrada proved to be a successful amalgamation of the traits of both Superbike and sports tourers, easily giving it the title of the most practical motorcycle Ducati ever made.
Taking that practicality to new levels, Ducati has expanded its Multistrada family with the new Multistrada 1260, Multistrada 1260 S, Multistrada 1260 S D|Air (with airbag system) and Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak. They come equipped with a bigger 1262cc engine, advanced electronic package, new chassis and more touring capability.
2014 - 2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 / 1200 S
Ducati’s multi-use Multistrada 1200/1200 S continues the family’s Jack-of-All tradition with a host of features both electronic and mechanical to further its adventuresome pursuits. Traction control, rider modes and ABS come bundled with the standard equipment package, but in truth are actually the more mundane of the available gadgetry. The Ducati Wheelie Control and the inertial-measurement device that feeds data to the lean-angle sensitive Bosch ABS are the stars of that show, but Duc packed even more onto its proven chassis to carry it through the ’17 model year. A Testastretta mill with Ducati’s Variable Timing provides up to 125 horsepower with plenty of bottom end to help you come out of the hole for that all-important lead position on the pack of cars clogging the road behind you.
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2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro
We all know that Ducati is one such motorcycle maker which makes machines straight from the heart. Every motorcycle in the stable of Ducati speaks of some purpose which is beautifully blended with the pinch of hardcore passion. Ducati made a surprising move some half a decade ago when it unveiled the Multistrada for the first time in front of the world. Out of all the motorcycles from Ducati, the Multistrada proved out to be the most practical motorcycle which still doesn’t miss out on the specific Ducati principles.
The Multistrada gradually went on creating a new niche of motorcycles, thus changing the image of Ducati as a manufacturer of only hard-core supersports. Then in 2015, they gave us the Enduro edition. Unlike the urban design of the standard Multistrada 1200, the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro claims to expose the wild side of Ducati, with its pure adventure appeal.
Now in 2017, the brand has taken it to the next level. They have given the adventure junkie more tools to let the 1200 Enduro go “even more globetrotter with the Pro version”. To allow treading on even less-beaten track, the Pro features rally tyres, new tank bars, new colour schemes, type-approved titanium exhaust sets and more. Let me go ranting about them:
Ducati takes safety to the Nth degree with its 2015 Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|air. Yeah, I realize that "motorcycle safety" is something of an oxymoron, but the features on this bike are almost enough to make one change how we think about that phrase. Road-sensing technology, variable engine mappings, lean-angle sensors and a wearable airbag system are just a few of the innovations that improve safety and reduce the amount of rider skill needed to handle this machine.
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For those into adventure motorcycles, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is arguably one of the best in the market. As an outright street performer, there are only a handful of bikes that can match wits with the Multistrada 1200 S. I’m not just talking about its style and performance; the model also has some of the most sophisticated technology found on any motorcycle.
First introduced in the market in 2010, the Multistrada 1200 has laid claim to a handful of performance titles, including its victorious stint at Pikes Peak when it won the 1205 Division from 2010 to 2012.
It’s a testament to a bike that was built to be a conqueror in its segment, something the Multistrada 1200 can lay claim to without even batting an eyelash. The only downside to the model is that it’s going to cost you a pretty penny just to own one.
But if you can stomach that thought, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is as good a choice as any for an adventure motorcycle.
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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is a fun and comfortable motorcycle that can deal effortless with the requirements of the city traffic, but it also feels fairly comfortable on the open road.
At the heart of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 sits the Testastretta DVT with Desmodromic variable timing, L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, dual spark, liquid cooled, EFI engine with a displacement of 1198.4 cc. The engine e puts out a maximum output of 160 hp (117.7kw) at 9500 rpm and 136 Nm (100.3 Lb-Ft) of torque at 7,500 rpm. For enhanced versatility the motorcycle’s engine is equipped with an advanced technology which instantly adjusts according to riding conditions or rider choices.
The new Multistrada is offered with a choice of four different equipment packages including Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro.
Prices start from £12,995.
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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo is equipped with all it needs to deal great with long journeys. Therefore, it comes with 73-litre panniers, a top case, Ducati’s Skyhook Suspension (DSS) and engine protection bars.
The motorcycle is built around an 1198.4 cc, Testastretta 11° L-Twin, liquid cooled engine with 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder. The unit is mated to a six speed gearbox and delivers a maximum output of 150 hp (110.3 kw) at 9250 rpm and 124.5 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm.
For enhanced versatility, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo features Ride-by-Wire technology which offers three different engine mappings. Moreover, Ducati has also gives you the possibility to choose between pre-set Riding Modes including Enduro, Urban, Touring and Sport.
The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo can be yours for no less than $22,295.
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The Ducati Multi Strada 1200 S Touring is one of the most wanted models in its class. And there is no wonder why, as it delivers first class performances, faultless ergonomics and is reliable to the core. Moreover, thanks to a long list of special features it is also perfectly suited for the long haul. Among them you’ll find panniers, heated grips and a useful centre stand.
Other features offered by the Ducati Multi Strada 1200 S touring include the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), an adjustable windscreen Marchesini forged wheel rims, LED headlights and the Ducati Traction Control (DTC).
The motorcycle is built around an 1198.4cc, Testastretta 11° L-Twin, liquid cooled engine with 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder. The unit puts out a maximum power of 110.3kW (150HP) at 9250rpm and 124.5 Nm (91.8 lb-ft) of torque at 7,500 rpm. All this power is kept under control by a six speed gearbox.
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The Sport riding mode delivers an adrenalin-filled 150hp ride with sports-oriented throttle response and, on the ‘S’ version, an instant high performance suspension set-up. In character with its Superbike bloodline, DTC immediately adjusts to a level for expert riders whose ‘comfort zone’ is a little closer to the limit. Ducati’s racing experience combined with first-rate components makes riding the Multistrada 1200 a pure motorcycling thrill and a dream come true for those searching for best-in-class performance as well as comfort.
The new Ducati Multistrada 1200 combines innovative design and unprecedented technology to unleash four-bikes-in-one. Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro riding modes now enable a truly enjoyable and customisable riding experience separated by just one click.
The ground-breaking design makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings and traction control, transforming the Multistrada 1200 to the rider’s needs, and not the other way around. Hailed as a true ‘game-changing’ motorcycle, the technologically-advanced Multistrada 1200 introduces the new 150hp Testastretta 11° engine, and advanced ergonomics to be powerful, playful and a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels.
The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes is powered by the Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine which delivers a maximum power of 150hp - 110.3kW @ 9250 rpm and 87.5lb-ft 118.7Nm @ 7500 rpm.
The 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes’s engine is mated on a six speed gearbox which delivers efficient fuel consumption and smooth shifts. If the 1198 Superbike reaches its top speed in 6th gear, the Multistrada 1200 is able to reach it in 5th gear and maintain it effortlessly in 6th.
The 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes features top notch ergonomics and was carefully designed to maximize the rider’s comfort. The company says that the ‘ergonomics triangle’ of handlebar, seat and footpegs has been designed for both the rider and passenger, optimising comfort while providing a commanding and upright riding position.
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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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The Ducati Multistrada was blessed with many traits that make it a desirable motorcycle. It’s agile, lightweight and on top of that is also very good looking.
We especially like the high, wide handlebars, serrated footrests, stylish sump guard and specially designed tyres. Not to mention about the L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine which rewards you with a maximum power of 150 hp @ 9250 rpm and 118.7 Nm of torque achieved at 7500 rpm.
The Multistrada 1200 was especially developed to offer perfect ergonomics. Thereby the ‘ergonomics triangle’ of handlebar, seat and footpegs has been designed for both the rider and passenger, optimising comfort while providing a commanding and upright riding position.
Among the features offered by the 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 you’ll find a Bosch-Brembo ABS system, DTC, LEDs and Pirelli tires.
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The new Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is an attractive replica of the Multistrada model that has been victorious in the PPIHC. The motorcycle features a sporty design language which combines a dynamic form with smart functions and superior performance.
At the heart of the bike is the Testastretta 11° introduced in 2010. The engine is based on the Superbike 1198 engine. Compared to its donor, has lost some power in favour of improved overall smoothness, especially in the mid-range.
The front brakes consist of Brembo radial callipers with four 32-mm pistons and 2 pads, radial cylinders with adjustable levers, and two 320-mm discs. At the back, you’ll find a single 245-mm disc, 5-mm thick, gripped by a Brembo calliper with a single 34-mm piston. It’s also worthy of being mentioned that the 2013 Multistrada 1200 comes with standard Bosch 9ME ABS.
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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring is equipped with anything it needs to be a perfect tourer. The bike features the innovative DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) active suspension system and comes with different equipment depending on specific usage. There are three configurations available: S Touring, S Pikes Peak and S Granturismo.
The bike also offers the possibility to select from a choice of four pre-set Riding Modes programmed to change the engine’s performance according to your needs. These modifications are made using a series of innovative technologies such as the electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system and Ducati’s Traction Control system (DTC) which uses eight levels of system interaction to enhance control by reducing wheel-spin.
The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring is propelled by an L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, Dual Spark, liquid cooled engine with a displacement of 1198.4cc and maximum power output of 150 hp.
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Derived from the Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the Ducati Multi Strada S 1200 S Granturismo is ready to deal with any kind of trips and was especially designed to be both comfortable and practical. The bike features the DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) active suspension system which comes with three configurations including S Touring, S Pikes Peak and S Granturismo.
As far as practicality goes, the S Touring is equipped with spacious 58-litre side panniers, centre stand and heated grips. You’ll also find a large glove compartment with push-push lid up front in the right panel and a roomy (over 3-litre capacity) storage compartment under the passenger seat.
Power comes from an L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, Dual Spark, liquid cooled, 1198.4cc engine that churns out 150hp @ 9250rpm and 124.5Nm of torque at 7500rpm. The engine is mated on a six speed gearbox with the final drive ratio being designed for fuel efficiency and increased comfort with less vibration.
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The Ducati 350 GTL first broke into the scene in 1975 when designer Tumidei decided that an update of his 1965 design was in order. But at that time, Ducati’s line-up of bikes only concentrated on small singles and those big, bad, and powerful V-Twins.
Undaunted, the Italian bike maker pushed forward with the release of the 350 GTL in ’75. The surprising success of the bike pushed Ducati to introduce the 500 Sport Desmo two years later in 1977, followed by the 500 Super Sport, and finally, the GTV model in 1978.
As far as the bike that was being offered at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, the 350 GTL - CN: DM350B/035718 - it came in original condition, complete with a two-tone red and black paint finish, alloy rims, and a 350 cc SOHC parallel-twin engine mated to a five-speed transmission.
Expected bidding price for the Ducati 350 GTL was expected to hit anywhere from €3,000 - €4,000, which is about $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $2,273.
If you want to talk about a true one-of-a-kind classic Ducati, it doesn’t get any better than the Ducati 860 GT Polizia. On the same vein that the American police rode Harley-Davidsons for years, its European counterpart used Ducatis.
This particular 860 GT Polizia, which was put on auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, was built on a 750GT frame, with 750 tanks and side covers. In addition, it carried a powerful 864 cc SOHC V-twin engine that was mated to a five-speed transmission.
As a 1981 model, this 860 GT Polizia - CN: DM750S/755495 - was used by the Bologna Police Department and came with a windshield, leg shields, and side panniers, as well as a black paint and chrome finish.
Its condition is still impeccable even after all these years, and is highlighted by a relatively low mileage considering its age and the purpose it was used for (patrolling the mean streets of Bologna, Italy back in the 80’s).
Expected bid price for this 1981 Ducati 860 GT Polizia was pegged at around €4,000 - €6,000, which is about $5,200 - $7,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $10,606.