For 2018 the Multistrada gets an upgrade with a new Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) 1262 cc engine, new chassis, more advanced electronics, and an aesthetic update that includes new fairing panels and lighter, sportier looking wheels. With many new features and Riding Modes, the Ducati Multistrada 1260 brings a whole new level of performance, ease of riding, comfort and fun.

The 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine is Euro 4 approved and gives ample low-to-mid range torque for even better rideability in everyday use. With 85% of the torque available at 3,500 rpm,  the delivery at 5,500 rpm is 18% higher compared to the predecessor model. This means the Ducati Multistrada 1260 offers the highest torque output in its class at 4,000 rpm, i.e. in the most frequently used rpm range. The re-calibrated DVT system now churns out a maximum power of 158 HP @ 9,750 rpm and maximum torque of 129.4 Nm at 7,500 rpm.

Controlling such power delivery is made easy by the new Ride-by-Wire system ensuring smoother throttle control, combined with the smoother, more accurate up and downshifting offered by the DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) Up & Down which significantly improves the riding experience.

The updated chassis, with a longer swinging arm and wheelbase and revised geometry up front, makes for sharper handling in curves, and ensures full stability even when riding two-up at full load with the side panniers.

The Multistrada 1260 also sets the benchmark in motorcycle electronics thanks to its Bosch IMU inertial platform. The Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) controls Cornering ABS, the Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) functionality incorporated in the full LED headlight of the Multistrada S, and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC). Both DWC and DTC feature rider-settable 8-level sensitivity and can be disabled.

The Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) has been included as standard on the Multistrada 1260. Lastly, the Bosch IMU inertial platform also interacts with the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution control system featured on the Multistrada 1260 S.

All models feature Cruise Control for the rider to set the desired cruise speed from the controls incorporated in the switch gear on the left handlebar. On the S version a Bluetooth module is included as standard: this activates the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and can connect the bike to a smartphone for user-friendly control of basic functions such as receiving incoming calls, notification of text messages, or playing music via the handlebar controls. The corresponding information is displayed on the new TFT dashboard, unrivalled in terms of user interface and ease of viewing.

The Multistrada 1260 comes with a new Hands Free system for enhanced security and also offers long maintenance intervals. With an oil change required every 15,000 km and a “Desmo Service” every 30,000 km, Multistrada owners will be able to enjoy even the longest trips with full peace of mind.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S image gallery

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 features

  • Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 cc engine
  • Bosch IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit
  • Bosch-Brembo 9.1 ME Cornering ABS system
  • 320-mm front brake discs with Brembo 4-piston radial calipers
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Riding Modes
  • Ride-by-Wire
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
  • Rider seat with adjustable height
  • LCD instrument panel
  • Colour options: Ducati Red with grey frame and black wheels

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S (and Multistrada 1260 S D-Air) features

  • Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 cc engine
  • Bosch IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit
  • Bosch-Brembo 9.1 ME Cornering ABS system
  • 330 mm front brake discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial calipers
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
  • Riding Modes
  • Ride-by-Wire
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
  • Rider seat with adjustable height
  • Electronic semi-active Sachs Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution suspension
    system
  • Full LED headlamp with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
  • Instrument panel with 5” full colour high-resolution TFT screen specifically designed for
    motorcycle applications
  • D|Air system (Multistrada 1260 S D|Air only)
  • Colour options –
  • Ducati Red with grey frame and black wheels
  • Iceberg White with grey frame and gold coloured wheels (Multistrada 1260 S only)
  • Volcano Grey with grey frame and gold coloured wheels (Multistrada 1260 S only)

Personalisation options

  • Touring Pack: heated grips, side panniers and centre stand
  • Sport Pack: road-legal exhaust (homologated only for EU) Ducati Performance by Termignoni and carbon fibre front mudguard, CNC machined billet aluminium brake and clutch reservoir caps
  • Urban Pack: top case, tank bag with lock and USB hub
  • Enduro Pack: supplementary LED lights and Ducati Performance components by Touratech: engine protection bars, radiator guard, oil sump guard, bigger kickstand base and off-road footpegs

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