Ducati Unveils the 2010 Multistrada 1200

After months of teasing, Italian manufacturer Ducati finally revealed the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 model at the 2009 EICMA Show in Milan. The heart of the new bike is derived from the World Championship-winning Superbike 1198 Testaretta engine, modified to provide both smoothness and tractability (improved low-end torque).

The power unit therefore develops 150 horsepower and 119 Newton meters of torque, while the gearbox and final drive ratios have also been optimised to enable the use of a higher-ratio 6th gear.

According to a company statement, Ducati wanted to produce a motorcycle “to tackle any kind of journey and road surface, a motorcycle that used technology derived from the Bologna-made race bikes in MotoGP and World Superbike. A bike without limits, which could transform itself to suit the rider's needs and not the other way around. A motorcycle that is four bikes in one.”

With the Multistrada 1200, Ducati introduce the concept of four-bikes-in-one with four riding modes: Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. The concept uses three technologies which interact to instantly change the chassis set-up and character of the bike.

Fitted as standard equipment on all versions, the electronic ride-by-wire system administers three different engine mappings to change the character of the engine, while Ducati Traction Control (DTC) uses eight levels of system interaction to enhance control. For the 'S' version, Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) instantly configures the suspension set-up to suit 'rider only', 'rider with luggage', 'rider and passenger' or 'rider and passenger with luggage'.

Moreover, with a dry weight of just 189kg (417lb) the Multistrada 1200 is said to be lighter than any other road enduro, touring or sport touring bike currently available. The new Multistrada 1200 will be available in the two color schemes: red or arctic white for the standard version, while the 'S' version will be available in red, arctic white or diamond black.
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