Author: Rob Slade

Everything you need to know about the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Last week at EICMA Ducati revealed the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, a more adventurous version of the standard sports tourer that has been around for some time now. The Enduro has been specifically developed and built to handle the stress and strain of off-road riding. So what do we know so far?

Equipped with the same tried and tested 1198cc, 160bhp Ducati Testastretta DVT engine as the standard Multistrada, the Enduro retains not only the power and performance of its sibling, but also the sleek design that makes it such a good looking bike.

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The bike has however been modified in an effort to answer the demands of the modern day globetrotter. It comes with spoked wheels (19” at the front and 17” at the rear), electronic semi-active suspension at both front and rear and also a 30-litre fuel tank giving it a claimed range of 280 miles.

Other modifications include a longer front beak and a redesigned front mudguard in an effort to offer greater protection against mud while the two tank side covers are made of anodised aluminium.

The handlebars have also been raised while the seat is narrower in the crotch area over the footpegs – which themselves are made out of steel and feature removable rubber covers.

To further the motorcycle’s off-road capabilities there is a height-adjustable rear brake lever while the gear lever has a special coupling in an attempt to prevent any breakage in the event of a drop. An aluminium sump guard has also been connected directly to the frame to offer protection to the engine.

Another big modification is the change in seat height. The Enduro is equipped as standard with an 870mm high seat while higher (890mm) and lower (850mm) options are available. A centre stand now also comes as standard.

As with most new modern motorcycles, there is also a rather comprehensive electronic package too. There is an Intertial Measurement Unit (IMU), developed by Bosch, which measures pitch and roll angles and acceleration along the three axes in an effort to raise performance and safety standards further.

Prospective buyers would also have use of cornering ABS, cornering lights, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system with 200mm of wheel travel. Plus, for the first time on a Ducati there will also be a Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) feature which has been added to help with hill starts.

As you would see on the standard Multistrada the Enduro features the same frame but sees the inclusion of a new twin-sided swingarm while there is also a new exhaust system. The four riding modes of ‘Enduro’, ‘Touring’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Urban’ are also present offering the same four-bikes-in-one spirit Ducati has been striving for with their other models.

The Enduro will be available in three different colourways including ‘Ducati Red’, ‘Phantom Grey’ and ‘Star While Silk’ and can be personalised further with items from the Ducati Performance accessory catalogue by Touratech which includes four different packages (listed below).

Other as-standard features on the Enduro will be electronic speed control and a Bluetooth module. The latter feature will enable riders to connect their smartphone to the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and manage functions such as incoming calls, texts and music.

The motorcycle will also be compatible with the new Multistrada Link App – the smartphone app which links with your motorcycle to gather and provide in-depth ride data and information about your latest ride and the bike’s performance. Read more about the app here.

Personalisation packages

•    Touring: Heated grips, Ducati Performance aluminium panniers by Touratech and handlebar bag.
•    Sport: Type-approved Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni (complies with EU homologtion requisites), billet black aluminium water pump cover, billet aluminium front brake fluid reservoir plugs.
•    Urban: Top case in aluminium, tank bag with tank lock and USB hub to charge electronic devices.
•    Enduro: Supplementary LED lights plus Ducati Performance components by Touratech including engine protection bars, radiator protection, oil radiator guard, sprocket cover and rear brake guard.

Quick specs

Type: 1,198.4cc Ducati Testastretta DVT with Desmodromic Variable Timing, L-Twin
cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Dual Spark, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.9mm
Power: 117,7 kW (160 hp) @ 9,500 rpm
Torque: 136 Nm (100,3 lb-ft) @ 7,500 rpm
Front suspension: Sachs 48mm fully adjustable usd forks. Electronic compression and
rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS)
Front wheel travel: 200mm
Front wheel: Tubeless spoked wheel in light alloy 3″ x 19″
Front tyre: Pirelli Scopion Trail II 120/70 R19 as optional Pirelli Scorpion Rally same
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Electronic compression & rebound damping
adjustment. Electronic spring pre-load adjustment with Ducati Skyhook
Suspension (DSS). Aluminium double-sided swingarm
Rear wheel travel: 200mm
Rear wheel: Tubeless spoked wheel in light alloy 4.50″ x 17″
Rear tyre: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 170/60 R17 as optional Pirelli Scorpion Rally
same measure
Front brake: 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted monoblocco Brembo
callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad, with cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake: 265 mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper, with cornering ABS as standard
Fuel tank capacity: 30L
Dry weight: 225 kg
Wet weight: 254 kg
Seat height: Not adjustable 870 mm (890 – 850 mm with optional seats)
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage