Ducati kicked-off this year’s EICMA bike-show madness with some big unveilings, including the new V4-powred Panigale and Scrambler 1100. To round things out, the Bologna brand’s adventure line got a new addition as well. Take a look at the new Multistrada 1260, available in Standard, 1260 S, 1260 S D-Air and 1260 Pikes Peak variations.
Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262
Ducati took the existing Multistrada 1200 and increased its engine’s stroke to 71.5mm (up from 67.9mm), keeping the same 106mm bore as before, to create the 1262cc L-Twin with Desmodromic Variable Timing. The new powerplant provides potent pull in the low- to mid-range, with Ducati promising 85% of peak torque available below 3500 rpm. In total, the new mill pumps out 158 horsepower at 9750 rpm and 95.5 lb-ft torque at 7500 rpm.
Connecting rods, the crankshaft and cylinders are all revised to achieve the longer stroke. The intake was updated as well as the exhaust pipes and silencers. Ducati fit new belt, generator and clutch covers too.
The six-speed transmission has a 15/40 chain final drive, operated by a wet multiplate, hydraulic clutch.
Chassis and Brakes
The trellis frame is new and the single-sided swingarm 1.8 inches longer than the 1200. Rake changes from 24 to 25 degrees and the wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer. There are two lateral subframes with a rear load-bearing piece made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic for improved torsional rigidity.
As for suspension, there’s some notable differences between the different available models. The Standard comes with a 48mm Kayaba USD fork that offers preload, compression and rebound adjustment. Out back is a Sachs monoshock with fully adjustable compression and rebound along with remote preload adjustment.
The 1260 S and 1260 S D-Air utilize a fully adjustable, 48mm Sachs fork with electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment available via the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo system. The fully adjustable Sachs monoshock works with DSS also.
The Pikes Peak edition comes with Ohlins kit front and rear, a fully adjustable 48mm fork and TTX36 shock.
All suspension configurations provide 6.7 inches travel, front and rear.
Wheels on the 1260, 1260 S and 1260 S D-Air are five Y-spoke light alloy while the Pikes Peak model are three W-spoke light alloy, 17-inches front and rear. All four Multistrada models are equipped with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires.
Brembo four-piston calipers grip dual 320mm semi-floating discs on the Standard model, with a 265mm disc and two-piston floating caliper arrangement out back. The S, S D-Air and Pikes Peak models feature dual 330mm semi-floating discs and radial-mount Brembo monobloc EVO M50 four-piston calipers at the front. The rear set-up is the same as that found on the 1260 S. All iterations are complete with Bosch 9.1ME Cornering ABS.
The ABS set-up makes use of an Electronic Combined Braking system too, with intervention settings adjusted depending on ride mode. The ABS system can be applied to only the front wheel if desired and can be fully disabled also. A nice touch is that settings can be saved to remain in place the next time you fire the bike.
Ducati have put all but the kitchen sink into the new Multistrada, in terms of electronics. A Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit provides information to Ducati Wheelie Control, Cornering ABS and electronic speed control. Additionally there are four ride modes, cruise control, an updated ride-by-wire system, Vehicle Hold Control, Ducati’s Multimedia System and an anti-theft system. The S, S D-Air and Pikes Peak have the additional benefit of Ducati Quick Shift up and down, the aforementioned Skyhook Suspension system and five-inch, color TFT instrument panels. The quick shift system is optional on the 1260 too.
Riders will be able to select from Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro modes on the new Multistrada 1260.
Sport provides complete engine and torque performance and automatically sets DTC and DWC in low settings. ABS is at Level 2 and real-wheel lift detection is turned off while Cornering ABS is left on.
Touring retains full engine power but mellows throttle response. DTC and DWC are placed in higher levels and ABS is set to Level 3. Cornering ABS and rear-wheel lift detection are on and the S model calibrates Ducati Skyhook Suspension settings for “maximum comfort.”
In Urban mode horsepower is reduced to 100 ponies, DTC and DWC set to high levels and ABS at Level 3. Suspension is tailored for “optimum agility” according to Ducati press materials.
Finally, Enduro mode provides 100 horsepower, initiates off-road appropriate suspension settings, sets DWC and DTC to low positions and puts ABS to Level 1. Rear-wheel lift is off, Cornering ABS is off and ABS to the rear wheel is disabled.
Traction control has eight levels of intervention, and riders can change the DTC settings within each ride mode as they see fit. The wheelie control system is similar, with eight settings and adjustability throughout the ride modes.
Vehicle Hold Control provides pressure on the rear brake to help make for easier starts on a grade, releasing pressure gradually as needed.
Additionally, the 1260 can connect to the new Ducati Link App for iPhone and Android. This app records data like lean angle, average and maximum speed, fuel consumption and records the route travelled. There’s a community element built in as well so riders can share routes and plan new trips and connect with other Multistrada riders on the road. You will also be able to set certain bike settings from the app.
The 1260 has new side fairing panels and front-end design. Seat height can be adjusted on each version from a low position of 32.5 inches up to 33.3 inches. Backlit handlebar switches are another refined touch on all of the 1260s.
A new TFT instrument display comes on the S, S D-Air and Pikes Peak models, built with higher resolution than before and better readability in sunlight. Menus and layout design are changed for a better user experience. The standard 1260 comes with an LCD display, but both options offer information such as speed, rpm, gear position, odometer, trip meters, engine coolant temperature, fuel gauge and a clock.
When the motorcycle is at a stop, riders can toggle through menu settings for DTC and DWC and Cornering ABS. The S version allows for suspension settings to be changed also. Ride modes can be altered on the fly.
The S models also come with a full LED headlight and Ducati Cornering Lights. A new touch for the 1260 are auto-cancelling turn signals triggered by lean angle.
Ducati have included a hands free ignition system also, allowing riders to start the bike when its electronic key is within a two meter radius of the bike. An electronic actuator provides steering lock and a more traditional flip-out key opens the fuel filler cap and seat.
There are a selection of upgrade packages available too. The Touring Pack includes heated grips, panniers and a center stand. The Sport Pack comes with a road legal Termignoni exhaust and carbon fiber front mudguard along with billet brake and clutch reservoir caps. The Urban Pack includes a top case, tank bag and USB hub while the Enduro Pack offers supplementary lights and Ducati Performance components by Touratech. These include engine protection bars, a radiator guard, oil sump guard larger kickstand base and off-road footpegs.
Ducati provides a 24-month unlimited mileage warranty on each new Multistrada 1260. No pricing or availability is offered by the Italian manufacturer just yet, stay tuned.