Multistrada D-Air – When touring meets safety

The Multistrada S D-Air has been factory fitted with the sensors required to control the wireless communication with the Dainese manufactured D-Air airbag apparel (either the Gilet or the Textile Jacket). Thanks to this, the time from any incident to the air bag fully inflating is a mere 40Ms.

Do not be fooled, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S D-Air has sports bike agility whilst thanks to it's very upright riding position giving the rider a totally commanding view of the road ahead. The long travel suspension cushioning the bumps to give a smooth and comfy ride.

The four ride modes, Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro each give the rider a totally different attitude in both power variation and varying throttle responses.

In the case of the "S" model, different suspension settings thanks to the "Skyhook" semi active front and rear suspension that reacts to ride mode settings, rider attitude and variations in road surface quality.

In addition to the Skyhook suspension, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S comes standard with a lean angle sensor that allows for cornering ABS and for the full LED headlamps to be directional. The dash on this model is full colour TFT.

Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro accessory kits not only allow the owner the possibility of personalising their new bike but also expanding the versatility of this machine. By the time all of the luggage is fitted, you may even find space for the kitchen sink. 

Backlit switchgear, cruise control, Ducati safety pack that utilises a lean angle sensor for added cornering adjustability, wheelie control and keyless ignition are standard features on all of the Multistrada 1200 models.

Touring versions basically come with the "Touring Kit" pre-installed at the factory. This kit comprises of heated grips, a centre stand and a pair of colour coded panniers.

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Innovative D|air Street® system

D|air Street® is an innovative system for motorcyclists' safety, designed for road use and composed of two separate modules: a unit comprising sensors and electronic components integrated into the on-board electronics of the Multistrada 1200 S D|air, and an airbag module fitted in the Ducati D|air Street® Jacket/Vest, available for rider and passenger. In case of a dangerous situation, on-board electronics wirelessly control the inflating of the airbag to cover those body parts most exposed to impact: back, collarbones, thorax. D|air Street® clothing must be purchased separately from the bike. 

The Engine – Testastretta DVT

The Multistrada 1200 is powered by the brand-new revolutionary Ducati Testastretta DVT engine which adopts a Desmodromic continuous variable valve timing to optimize power and torque across a wider rpm band delivering an unprecedented combination of breath-taking-torque (132 Nm@7.000 rpm), class-leading power (160 Hp* @9.000 rpm) , super-smoothness and low fuel consumption; the Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) is a double and continuous system applied for the first time to a motorcycle engine managing both exhaust and intake camshafts.

On a conventional engine both the exhaust and intake valves' open or closed position depends on their fixed position relative to the timing-belt that's driven by the crankshaft. The timing cannot be altered, so there's no way to increase or decrease the amount of valve overlap when both valves are open at the same time. As a consequence the time that the valves open and close is really optimised for only one engine speed-range away from those rpm, fixed camshaft timing is the best compromise. The aim of the Multistrada 1200's engine was to increase power at high engine speeds and also increase torque at low rpm, the only way to achieve this goal was to use a variable valve timing system.

The DVT system, has the task of setting the most advantageous valve timing according to engine load and speed requirements; it allows to continuously advance or retard both exhaust and inlet valve timing by rotating the camshafts to operate efficiently at a wider range of speeds by delivering high performance at high speeds, with a flatter torque curve at low speeds.

The engine configuration is completed with the secondary-air-system, the dual-sparks injection system where the two plugs are managed independently and the anti-knocking sensor. The combustion process is optimised with high compression pistons (12.5:1). 

Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT)

The Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) uses hydraulically operated camshaft-phasers (two for each heads) to manipulate camshaft position relative to the sprocket connected to the timing belt and therefore vary valve timing. They are on both the intake and exhaust camshaft.

The camshaft-phaser is a two-piece mechanism comprised an outer sprocket (2) connected to the timing belt and an inner rotor (3) connected to the camshaft that varies the valve timing by adjusting the rotation angle of the camshaft.

The two pieces can move about 45° crankshaft degrees independently of each other in 0,45 sec. This inner rotor consists of a set of lobes, ports inside the phaser direct oil in or out of the space between (chambers) the outer housing and the lobes. Oil seals fit into machined grooves of the rotor to provide a tight seal between the chambers. The chambers are grouped into two sides.

Left alone the outer sprocket will simply spin at the same rate as the inner rotor. As one group of chambers receives pressurized oil (system adds oil to one side of the lobe), and the others are vented it provides the force necessary to move or hold the rotor relative to the phaser body.

The camshaft-phasers of each head are connected to the engine oil system via two solenoid valves (4) attached to the cylinder heads.

They direct oil pressure to both the camshaft-phasers according to the signal from the engine control unit.

The oil pressure acting in the cam phasers is continually adjusted by the oil control valves in order to set the right position of each camshaft

The position of the camshaft is dynamically controlled by a specific sensor mounted on the head covers.

The engine control unit according to engine-information (engine speed, engine load and temperature and the positions of the crankshaft and camshafts) actuates the solenoid valves. They open oil galleries in the control housing. Engine oil flows through the control housing into the camshaft-phasers. The camshaft-phasers turn and adjust the camshaft timing according to the specifications of the engine control unit.

Anti Knocking Sensor

The Ducati Testastretta DVT features an integrated anti-knocking sensor; while optimized for high octane fuel (RON 95), thanks to an anti-knocking sensor the motor can also operate – without manual intervention – on lower octane normal fuel (RON 91) as are sometimes found in distant countries. 

Long Service Intervals

Careful engineering and top-quality materials achieved amazing results: the valve clearances are checked every 30,000 km, and the service intervals are every 15.000 Km. 

Chassis

The Ducati Multistrada chassis is designed to deliver high overall performance in a wide range of riding situations: the 1.529 mm of wheelbase ensures great abitability and keep the weight of the passenger and side paniers inside the wheelbase length, a considerable contribution to the motorcycle’s dynamic performance; a maximum lean angles of 47° to have fun on back roads; 180 mm of ground clearance makes the bike enjoyable in off-road; the total steering lock angle of 80° combined with a low weight and a perfect weight-balancing (50% front, 50% rear) makes tight manoeuvres at low speeds, typical of urban environment, easy to manage.

The fuel tank has a capacity of 20 Litres. Subject to riding style, the 20 Litres can provide more than 400 km of motorcycle pleasure between fuel stops, measured on homologation riding cycle. 

Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evo

The Multistrada 1200 S is equipped with Æ 48 mm front fork and Sachs rear monoshock, both integrated with the latest evolution of the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system. This system is characterised by semi-active suspension control, that automatically and continually adjusts damping to maintain a steady attitude regardless of road conditions, reduce the amount of vibration transferred to rider and passenger, and significantly improves riding comfort and stability. The name "Skyhook" describes the feel of the bike, which seems to be hooked up to the sky and immune to bumpy terrain.

The DSS system processes the inputs from a number of sensors (vertical accelerometers and spring travel sensor) located on sprung and unsprung components instantly and adjusts compression and rebound damping according to selected Riding Mode so as to minimise the vertical motion caused by the road and maximise riding comfort and stability.

In addition the 2015 DSS system uses pitch angles information provided by the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to adjust damping continually to minimise load transfers during transition from braking to acceleration and deceleration, with great benefits in terms of dynamic performance.

Rear suspension spring preload adjustment is integrated with the Riding Modes. The system enables the rider to select the different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro), and to change setup conveniently and quickly to suit load conditions and type of trip: riding solo, rider and luggage, riding two-up or two-up with luggage. The DSS recognises customised settings and re-tunes accordingly before starting interaction.

Superbike Spec Brembo Braking System

The Multistrada 1200 S features a Superbike spec Brembo braking system composed by racing oriented PR 16 brake pump managing two Ø 330 mm front discs coupled with Superbike-spec Brembo Monobloc M50 calipers. The rear performs with an huge single Æ 265 mm disc gripped by a single 2 x 28 floating Brembo caliper with sintered pads.

The performance of the brake system is supported by the 2 channels Bosh 9ME multi-calibrations ABS with cornering functionality that provides optimum braking even in bends. 

Ergonomics

The Multistrada 1200 underwent an extensive ergonomic study to ensure superior comfort for rider and passenger.  

  • Rider and passenger triangles have been designed to offer the most comfort and fit. There is ample space for riding two up with top case and side panniers installed.
  • The screen features 60 mm of vertical adjustment with an one-hand manually operated system to ensure a further more efficient wind protection for all rider heights and effortless high-speed riding over long distances.
  • The wide handlebars have been designed for maximum comfort and ensure a commanding riding position. A confidence-inspiring passenger grab-handle offers a secure and comfortable grip.

To further enhance its "multi-purpose" vocation, the Multistrada 1200's ergonomics were designed and tested to make it easy to ride standing up, a significant benefit when riding on bumpy terrain.

Adjustable Seat

The Multistrada 1200 seat provides an instant feeling of comfort and stirs up your desire to ride. Two independent seats for rider and passenger, designed with great attention to shape and foam density ensure excellent comfort also on long trips and excellent ground reach.The rider's seat is adjustable by ± 20 mm so that the standard seat height can be easily adjusted from the lower 825 mm position to 845 mm.

The passenger grab handle is ideally positioned with respect to seat top to provide ample grip space, good grip and an ergonomic position.

Specification

Specification

General

Instruments Color TFT display 5"
Warranty 24 months unlimited mileage
Service Interval 15.000 km (9.000m)
Valve Clearance 30.000km (18,000m)

Chassis

Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase 1,529 mm (60.2 in)
Rake 24°
Trail 106 mm (4.2 in)
Front Suspension 48mm fully adjustable usd forks. Electronic compression & rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS)
Front Wheel Y-shaped 3-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front Wheel Travel 170mm (6.7in)
Front Brake 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo monobloc Evo M50 4-piston calipers, 2-pad, radial pump with cornering ABS as standard equipment
Front Tyre Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70 17''
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring pre-load adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS). Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel Y-shaped 3-spoke light alloy 6.00 x 17
Rear Wheel Travel 170mm (6.7in)
Rear Brake 265 mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper, with cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear Tyre Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 190/55 17''
Fuel Capacity 20l - 5.3 gallon (US)
Dry Weight 213 kg (469.6 lb)
Wet Weight
Seat Height Adjustable 825 - 845 mm (32,5 - 33,3 in)
Max Height
Max Length 2200mm

Engine

Type Testastretta DVT with Desmodromic Variable Timing
Displacement 1198.4
Bore And Stroke 106x67.9mm
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Power 152hp - 112kw @ 9500rpm
Torque 128 Nm (94 lb-ft) @ 7,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery Bosch electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire, equivalent diameter 56 mm
Exhaust Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, aluminium tail pipes
Emissions Euro 4
Gearbox 6 speed
Ratio 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Primary Drive Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
Final Drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 40
Clutch Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run

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