In advance of its Sept. 24 dealer meeting in San Diego, Ducati has unveiled a preview of its 2013 Multistrada models.
The bikes include new features such as enhanced aesthetics, a second generation Testastretta 11° engine, the latest in ABS and, on the “S” versions, the semi-active suspension system, Ducati Skyhook Suspension.
The lineup includes the Multistrada 1200 with the associated Riding Mode technologies of Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) in addition to the latest in ABS. The Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now equipped with Ducati Skyhook Suspension, R-b-W, DTC and ABS with additional side luggage, heated grips and center stand
The new touring flagship of the range for 2013 is the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo, with increased side luggage capacity, top case, additional LED illumination, enhanced wind protection and long-distance tires. The enhanced Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak celebrates the sporting side of the model’s character with a replica of the famous 2012 mountain race bike in its stunning new race-winning livery.
The Multistrada’s award-winning Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro electronic Riding Modes enable a customizable riding experience separated by just one click of a button. The four-bikes-in-one concept makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings, traction control, and now ABS and Ducati Skyhook Suspension.
In the Multistrada 1200, the eight-level DTC and new three-level ABS introduce the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) concept to the Multistrada family.
Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 International Press Test takes place Sept. 20-27 in Bilbao, Spain, while the first public showing of the 2013 Multistrada range will be Oct. 3-7 at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany.
The new Multistrada 1200 models will be available via the Ducati dealer network in December.
As a Ducati rider I feel that they need to make a lower profile bike similar to the ST series of the past. Many people want the sport touring look and feel and do not like the feel of the Multistrada. Now on the flip side in Italy / Europe the Multistrada really works well. I think American riders have different needs and Ducati needs to fill this void. Just my 2 cents, I rarely comment on things but I feel strong about this.