Ducati Multistrada 1200

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Multistrada 1200
Ducati multistrada 1200 ABS.jpg
Manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.
Also called MTS1200
Production Since 2010
Predecessor Multistrada 1100
Class Adventure touring[1]
Engine 1,198 cc 4-valve desmodromic liquid-cooled 90° L-twin engine.[2]
Bore / stroke 106.0 mm × 67.9 mm (4.17 in × 2.67 in)
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Top speed 145 mph (233 km/h)[3]
Power 150 hp (110 kW)[4]
136.5 hp (101.8 kW) (rear wheel at 9,200 rpm [3]
Torque 87.5 lb·ft (118.6 N·m)
85.0 lb·ft (115.2 N·m) (rear wheel at 7,700 rpm[3]
Ignition type Electronic
Transmission 6-speed constant-mesh with overdrive 6th gear
Wet, hydraulic multi-plate slipper clutch, radial master cylinder
Frame type Large-diameter light-gauge steel tube trellis main and rear subframes connected by cast aluminum central sections
Suspension Front: Standard model - Marzocchi 50 mm fully adjustable upside-down fork. S models - Öhlins 48 mm upside-down fork with electronically adjustable compression and rebound damping and manually adjustable preload. 170 mm (6.7 in) wheel travel)
Rear: Standard model - fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. S models - Öhlins TTX twin tube shock with electronically adjustable compression and rebound damping and preload. 170mm (6.7 in) wheel travel. Aluminium single-sided swingarm with cast, fabricated and welded construction designed to deliver a rising suspension rate.

Front: 2 × 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted 4-piston, 2-pad Brembo calipers, radial master cylinder
Rear: 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper

Bosch-Brembo (defeatable) ABS (S models, optional on standard model)

Front: 120/70ZR17 Pirelli Scorpion Trail dual compound mounted on 3.50 x 17 10-spoke light alloy wheel

Rear: 190/55ZR17 Pirelli Scorpion Trail dual compound mounted on 6.00 x 17 10-spoke light alloy wheel
Rake, trail 25°/ 109 mm (4.3 in)
Wheelbase 1,530 mm (60 in)
Dimensions L: 2,200 mm (87 in)
W: 945 mm (37.2 in)
985 mm (38.8 in) with panniers
H: 1,045 mm (41.1 in), windsreen lowered
1,465 mm (57.7 in), winscreen raised
Seat height 850 mm (33 in)
Weight 189 kg (417 lb) (dry)
239 kg (527 lb)[3] (wet)
Fuel capacity 20 L (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 US gal)
Oil capacity 3.4 L (0.90 US gallons)
Fuel consumption 7.84 l/100km - 5.00 l/100km (30 - 47 MPG US), 6.19 l/100km (38 MPG US) average[3]
Turning radius 2,535 mm (99.8 in)

The Multistrada 1200 is a motorcycle manufactured by Ducati since 2010. The engine is a retuned version of the Testastretta from the 1198 superbike, now called the Testastretta 11° for its 11° valve overlap (reduced from 41°). All models include throttle by wire, selectable engine mapping (full power with sensitive or relaxed throttle response, and reduced power with relaxed throttle response) and traction control adjustable through eight levels, called DTC (Ducati Traction Control).

The bike comes in three equipment levels, the base, the S-Sport and the S-Touring. The S models include ABS (optional on standard model) and electronically adjustable suspension, called DES (Ducati Electronic Suspension). The S Sport model features carbon fiber air intakes, cam belt covers and rear hugger, while the S Touring model comes with heated grips, hard luggage and a center stand.

Over 10,000 units were sold in the first year.[5]

The Multistrada 1200 won the 1205 Division of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2010, 2011 and in 2012. In 2012 a Spider Grips Ducati Team Multistrada ridden by Carlin Dunne achieved the first sub 10 minute time for a motorcycle with a 9:52.819, only a bit over a second slower than the 2011 overall record.[6][7][8]

Engine modes[edit]

The bike offers four engine power modes, Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. Riders can change power modes with the motorcycle underway by using the turn-signal cancel button. Sport and Touring modes provide the full 150 bhp with the Touring mode providing a softer throttle response. Urban and Enduro reduce horsepower to 100 bhp and provide different levels of ABS and traction control accordingly. Riders also have the option of customizing any of these modes by changing the horsepower, throttle response, ABS and traction control levels using menu items inside the instrument cluster.

DES suspension[edit]

The Ducati Electronic Suspension was developed in conjunction with Öhlins, and was by-product of its MotoGP and World Superbike motorcycle racing experience.

On the S-model Multistradas, with electronic suspension, preload and damping rates change with each of the engine power modes. Riders can also choose between four different base-settings based on having a passenger or luggage. Just like with the engine performance modes, riders can customize each of these settings using menu's inside the instrument cluster.


For the 2012 model year the seat was redesigned to allow more rider movement forward and aft. ABS was made standard on all iterations of the bike.


For 2013 the Multistrada 1200 had changes including the addition of an active suspension system, using solenoid/valve actuated methods to actively control damping rates, often called the "Sky-Hook method". The bike also had a revised second generation of the Testastretta 11-degree motor, now with "twin-plug cylinder heads for smoother, more efficient combustion", the change contributing to a 5% increase in torque and a 10% improvement in fuel consumption.[9] Also, there are significant changes to the windscreen, which is "larger and shaped to reduce noise at high speed".[9] A new Granturismo model features larger side-cases, the addition of a top case, driving lights and more touring-oriented tires.[10]


The 2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 uses the second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine and the Bosch ABS 9ME braking system along with the Ducati Traction Control (DTC). Ducati continues to use the electronic Ride-by-Wire system, which allows riders to switch between four riding modes while in motion; sport, touring, urban and enduro. The modes range in horsepower from 150 high, 150 low, 100, and off-road respectively. The bike has a dry weight of just 428lb and uses advanced ergonomics.[11][12][13][14]


  1. ^ "Performance Index Winter '11/'12 Edition", Motorcycle Consumer News, Bowtie Magazines, p. 28, January 2012 
  2. ^ http://www.ducati.com/bikes/multistrada/1200/tech_spec.do
  3. ^ a b c d e Cycle World, June 2010
  4. ^ Ducati 2010 Multistrada 1200 (specifications for standard model), WebBikeWorld, 2009, retrieved 2010-01-04 
  5. ^ Megafactories: Ducati
  6. ^ Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2012 – a round-up of the winners, Gizmag, 2012, retrieved 2012-09-18 
  7. ^ http://www.omnimoto.it/magazine/10266/pikes-peak-2012-la-vittoria-di-carlin-dunne-video
  8. ^ Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Records Shattered at 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, retrieved 2012-09-18 
  9. ^ a b Kevin Ash (29 September 2012), "Ducati Multistrada MTS1200 S Touring 'Skyhook' review", Daily Telegraph, p. M18, retrieved 2012-09-29 
  10. ^ DucatiUSA, Ducati preview the release of their 2013 Multistrada models, retrieved 2012-09-18 
  11. ^ Serafim. "2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring." Top Speed RSS. N.p., 2014. Web. 06 Oct. 2016.
  12. ^ Yu, Andria. "Review: Ducati Multistrada Excels Even in the Rain." USA Today. Gannett, 2014. Web. 06 Oct. 2016.
  13. ^ @Tom_J_Roderick. "2014 Ducati Multistrada Granturismo Review - Motorcycle.com." Motorcyclecom. N.p., 2014. Web. 06 Oct. 2016.
  14. ^ By Riders, For Riders, 250 Million Readers for over 16 Years. "2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200Back to 2014 Ducati Motorcycle Model Review Page." 2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2016.


  • Owner's manual, Multistrada, Multistrada 1200S ABS Touring, Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., cod 913.7.175.1A, 04/2010

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