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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 and 1200S
The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is an entirely new concept for the very active factory in Bologne. To coin a phrase it is the Swiss Army Knife of Bikes.
This bike is currently on offer with the following options:-
Both of these offers have a value of close to £1000 and are limited to 31st October 2012
By the use of a powerful 1198 L-Twin engine mounted in an all new slim, lightweight chassis that has been built to cope with a mulitude of demands. A series of different ignition and fueling maps for different ridestyles available at the flick of a switch (whilst riding). Each of the modes also affects how traction control and ABS reacts. ie. in Enduro mode both ABS and Traction control would be switched OFF allowing the bike to move around more.
The Ducati Multistrada 1200S model comes with the very latest Ohlins electronically adjustable suspension that allows ride height as well as reaction rates to be changed. All of these adjustments can be applied on the Multistrada 1200 by selecting one of the 4 set modes as mentioned above, or alternatively offer an infinate number of rider selected personal preference options.
A round display to the right of the instrument cluster clearly displays which preset mode is being used at the time.
4 Variants are available:-
1) The Ducati Mulistrada 1200 (Standard)
2) The Ducati Mulistrada 1200 ABS
3) The Ducati Mulistrada 1200 S Sport and (4) The Mulistrada 1200 S Touring
What are the 4 available modes ?
On the touring model, the pannier mounting brackets are so subtle that you hardly realise their existance when the luggage has been removed.
All derivatives of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 utilise a keyless ignition system that allows the bike to be started as long as the rider has on his person the remote transponder that initialises the ignition when within a 2 metre range of the machine. A keyless fuel cap is also available as an accessory option.
As if not enough Ducati knew that cost per mile is also a big factor in touring.
Doubling the mileage between valve clearance inspection has been made possible with the introduction of a new valve seat material combined with improved combustion efficiency and temperature management designed into the Multistrada’s new Testastretta 11° engine.
So called because of its minimised 11° of ‘valve overlap’ - the interval of crankshaft rotation during which both the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time - the new Desmodromic power plant not only transforms the world championship-winning 1198 configuration into a super-smooth 150hp motor for sport touring, but also improves fuel efficiency, emissions and cost of scheduled maintenance.First revealed at the Milan International Motorcycle Show in November 2009, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 combines innovative design and unprecedented technology to unleash a four-bikes-in-one concept. Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro riding modes now enable a customisable riding experience separated by just one click.
MCN article where "Adam Child was blown away by the new Ducati Multistrada 1200" and he actually only followed it!!
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