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2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air
2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air

2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air
2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air

2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air
2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air

2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air
2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air

2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air
2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air

2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air Review

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Ground-breaking technology and trend-setting safety for unrivalled riding pleasure

Ducati introduces the Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air model, featuring an integrated, intelligent safety system wirelessly connected to Ducati Apparel D-air® airbag jackets by Dainese. Marking a „world.s first. in the motorcycle industry and combining the innovative designs from two famous Italian brands, the new Ducati model takes a significant step forward in two-wheel safety.

The cooperation of expertise between Ducati and Dainese has produced an intelligent system that uses sensors built into the Multistrada 1200 S Touring.s electronics to constantly understand the vehicle.s dynamic situation, deploying only when subjected to a genuine accident scenario. The Multistrada D-air® system completes the data analysis and airbag deployment inside both the rider and passenger jackets in just 45 milliseconds, considerably reducing the risk of injury upon impact.

The Ducati D-air® is the first production motorcycle with an integrated jacket airbag system to complete the necessary tests for certification by Germany.s rigorous TÃœV SÃœD, the association responsible for defining the standards for wearable airbags. Ducati’s premiere of the technology, developed with Dainese, further underlines the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s commitment to enhanced safety, already represented by their Ducati Safety Pack consisting of multi-level ABS, traction control and power-controlling Ride-by-Wire.

Ducati introduces the Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air model, featuring an integrated, intelligent safety system of bike-mounted sensors wirelessly connected to Ducati Apparel D-air® airbag apparel by Dainese.

Multistrada D-air® Street technology

Now common place in the automotive world, the airbag remains the most effective passive safety system. A really effective motorcycle airbag for street use, however, must have a deployment time of less than 80 milliseconds in order to provide adequate protection to the rider against the impact of another vehicle. Until now, this system simply did not exist.

Ducati’s Multistrada D-air® system is designed to deploy in just 45 milliseconds, protecting the rider and passenger’s body exposed to impact by absorbing the forces with an airbag expertly built into the jacket by Dainese. The airbag system is capable of split-second inflation without hindering the rider and intelligent enough to understand the difference between a potentially dangerous accident and a low-speed incident, or the motorcycle simply falling over.

This intelligence comes from a sophisticated algorithm, which manages data delivered from two triple-axis accelerometers fixed to the left and right fork bottoms of the Multistrada’s front suspension and an additional two rear triple-axis accelerometers mounted in the D-air® Electronic Control Unit (ECU) positioned under the seat. When the sensors detect a potentially dangerous crash scenario, an algorithm is triggered which takes just 25 milliseconds to decide if airbag deployment is necessary or not. If deployment is necessary the D-air® ECU onboard the Multistrada, which is continuously in bi-directional radio contact between the system and the Dainese jackets, initiates and completes airbag inflation in just 20 milliseconds, a total of 45 milliseconds from the start of impact.

The system adds just 1kg to the Multistrada and the only visual difference to the model is the addition of an extra LED display on the main instrumentation that constantly provides the system’s active status. The horizontal display is divided into three sections with illuminated displays from left to right for “Rider”, “D-air” and “Passenger”. Designed to provide reassurance to the user, both the green-coloured Rider and Passenger sections illuminate constantly to confirm that the rider’s and passenger’s airbag jacket is connected (paired) with the D-air® system and ready for use. The system is programmed to warn the user of a jacket system error by flashing slowly and will flash faster if the jacket has failed to connect to the system after 30 seconds of key-on. The central yellow light remains off when the system is active and ready for use, but will illuminate constantly to warn of a low battery in the airbag jacket or a D-air® system error.

The original round, dot-matrix part of the Multistrada’s instrumentation is utilised to display information for rider and passenger airbag battery levels in addition to airbag jacket scheduled maintenance reminders.


Multistrada D-air® airbag deployment scenarios

The system’s intelligence is able to recognise the main scenarios in which the Multistrada D-air® must deploy its airbag jackets. Those scenarios include: a) the vehicle’s frontal impact into another object, b) collision impact into the side of a vehicle side or rear impact from another vehicle and c) when control is lost and the motorcycle is sliding on its side. In this last scenario, the airbag deploys ready to provide protection against the rider or passenger sliding into an obstacle.

By recognising these scenarios, the system avoids to deploy during non-dangerous incidents, such as aggressive sport riding, losing balance while manoeuvring at low speed or the motorcycle simply falling over while parked.


Multistrada D-air® Street jacket by Dainese

The Ducati D-air® Street jacket (not included with motorcycle) is designed for long-range touring and provides maximum protection and comfort by introducing the D-air® airbag technology with GORE-TEX® membrane. In addition to the D-air® Street airbag system, which is powered-on with a slide switch built into jacket, the garment is equipped with shoulder and elbow protectors and a Wave back protector inside a waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® fabric with detachable thermal lining. The highly innovative system is designed, developed and patented by Italian manufacturer, Dainese S.p.A., a world leader in the field of protective clothing for motorcyclists.

The garment incorporates two high-pressure, three-dimensional, 12 litre structural airbags inflated by two ‘cold’ technology gas generators integrated into the jacket lining. The three-dimensional airbag structure provides a controlled, high-pressure expansion that assumes a pre-formed shape designed to wrap around and protect the rider’s body. The jacket, which weighs just 1.5kg more than an ordinary jacket, feels exactly the same as a conventional garment, while achieving maximum impact absorption with minimum bulk.

The D-air® Street jacket reduces impact energy transmitted to the body by up to 72% compared with a back protector and up to 89% compared with a chest protector. This substantially enhances back, collarbones and chest protection in addition to limiting the „tilting. of the wearer’s head in relation to the neck, by reducing excessive helmet movement while „tumbling. during an accident.
The D-air® Street jacket’s integral system, which requires a maintenance check every 24 months starting from its first connection (pairing) with the Multistrada D-air®, is powered by a battery pack charged via a USB connection built into the garment, from which a 5 hour charge will guarantee 30 hours of autonomy. The D-air® jacket maintenance reminders and battery levels are clearly communicated to the rider via the Multistrada’s instrumentation.


The Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air

The brand new D-air® system is fully integrated into the highly acclaimed Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the multi-tasking motorcycle that features confidence-inspiring electronics, including the advanced Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

The D-air® introduction continues the Multistrada adventure with a long list of fascinating and high-tech features that enhance the model’s reputation for industry-changing innovation, including the second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine and the Bosch ABS 9ME braking system with full Riding Mode integration.

Combining ground-breaking design and unprecedented technology, the Multistrada’s Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro Riding Modes enable a truly enjoyable and customisable riding experience separated by just one click. The four-bikes-in-one concept makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings, traction control, ABS and Ducati Skyhook Suspension, instantly transforming the Multistrada to suit its rider and environment with precision.

Hailed as a true „game-changing. motorcycle, the Multistrada 1200 S Touring has attracted all types of riders by removing the borders between motorcycle categories. With the latest 150hp Testastretta 11° DS engine, a class-leading dry weight of just 207kg* and the application of advanced ergonomics, the Multistrada is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels. The eight-level DTC and three-level ABS of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) is now in addition to the innovative new D-air® system, further underlining Ducati’s focus on performance safety.

Dressed in Ducati red, the early entry 2015 Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air comes fully equipped with additional side luggage, heated grips and centre stand and will be available in European Ducati dealerships from May 2014 onwards.

*New Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air model



2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

The Ducati Multistrada D-air®, which is also equipped with Ducati’s semi-active Skyhook suspension, will be available in European Ducati Dealerships from May 2014 onwards along with the D-air® Street jackets.

Innovative D-air Street® system

D-air Street® is an innovative system for motorcyclists’ safety, designed for road use and composed of two separate modules: a unit comprising sensors and electronic components integrated into the on-board electronics of the Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air, and an airbag module fitted in the Ducati D-air Street® Jacket/Vest, available for rider and passenger. In case of a dangerous situation, on-board electronics wirelessly control the inflating of the airbag to cover those body parts most exposed to impact: back, collarbones, thorax. D-air Street® clothing must be purchased separately from the bike.


When does the system protect

During road use on asphalt, the D-air Street® platform is activated if there is an impact with a static or moving obstacle, a side or rear collision (if the values registered exceed the preset thresholds), and in case of impact against an obstacle following a crash or fall due to a loss of control, at a speed greater than 10 Km/h.


Wireless technology

The D-air Street® system works without any physical connection to the bike; the wireless technology on which it is based offers the rider and passenger optimum freedom of movement and allows for a rapid response to an impact (total activation time is 45 milliseconds) as well as effective protection during all stages of an accident.


Intelligent operation

The D-air Street® system constantly monitors what is happening during road riding and, using a sophisticated activation algorithm, is able to distinguish between a non-dangerous situation and an impact or fall, only in this case will the system wirelessly inflate the special airbags fitted in the Ducati D-air Street® Jacket or Vest that, together with the back protector, protect the back, collarbones and thorax. In addition, D-air Street® limits extreme neck movement by reducing helmet oscillations while rolling.


Totally integrated electronic system

All of the electronics designed to manage system operation are completely integrated into the bike and only increase its weight by 1kg. The electronic system composes a series of three groups of accelerometers that can recognise dangerous situations: two at the front at the base of the fork (one on each side), and a third in the control unit under the seat on the left-hand side; the control unit includes the CPU with activation software, and the radio unit. An LED indicator module, integrated into the dashboard, provides rapid information on the system’s operational status. Further information can be read directly on the bike’s circular display.


D-air Street® clothing

Items of clothing that form part of the D-air Street® system, to be purchased separately from the bike, consist of a textile Jacket and Vest with integrated airbag that communicate wirelessly with the Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air.
The Ducati D-air Street® Jacket, for long-distance touring use, provides maximum protection and comfort thanks to the D-air Street® airbag technology and GORE-TEX® membrane. The garment is equipped with: D-air Street® airbag, EC-certified protectors on the shoulders and elbows, Wave back protector integrated into a waterproof, breathable jacket with GORE-TEX® membrane and removable thermal liner.
The Ducati D-air Street® Vest, which can be worn over any item of clothing, is protective and versatile. It is equipped with the D-air Street® airbag and certified Wave back protector.
With both products, the airbag composes two air bladders, two cold technology gas generators, radio receiver and rechargeable batteries. The air bladders have a total capacity of 12 litres, are inflated at high pressure and produced using latest-generation, three-dimensional expansion control materials that, together with the high pressure inflation, allow the bladders to take on shapes and volumes designed to guarantee maximum protection from impact with minimal obstruction.



In case of head-on impact, the D-air Street® system has a total activation time of just 45 milliseconds, much lower than the 80 milliseconds that European studies on the most common road accidents highlight as the maximum limit beyond which rider and passenger cannot be effectively protected. Tests carried out according to current European standards for back protectors (EN 1621.2) demonstrate that, compared to traditional back and thorax protectors, the airbags in the Ducati D-air Street® garments reduce the force transmitted to the body by 72% with respect to a level 2 EC-certified back protector and by 89% with respect to an EC-certified thorax protector. The system also offers added neck protection in that, by limiting the lean angle that the head might assume during a fall, it reduces helmet movement while rolling.


No side effects

The D-air Street® system, as well as being intelligent in avoiding any unnecessary or inopportune activation, is also totally harmless in all circumstances in which inflation of the airbags is necessary. The system has in fact been designed and produced so that in no situation does it provoke a loss of control of the vehicle or trauma from its activation.


Certified performance

The D-air Street® system was developed according to strict automotive safety criteria IEC 615058 and has been tested according to a rigorous validation and certification plan made up of more than 800 different tests. The D-air Street® system is the first airbag for motorcyclists to have obtained TÃœV SÃœD certification




2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

4 bikes in 1

Ducati’s four-bikes-in-one concept is achieved by selecting from a choice of four pre-set Riding Modes programmed to instantly change the engine character and the riding parameters of the Multistrada 1200 – even while riding. The four modes are made possible by combining a number of class-leading technologies. An electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system administers different mappings to regulate power delivery by interpreting the rider’s throttle input, while the world-beating Ducati Traction Control system (DTC) uses eight levels of system interaction to enhance control by reducing wheel-spin. For 2013, ABS is also programmed to offer the optimum setting appropriate to the Riding Mode selected and, for the ‘S’ versions, Sachs electronic suspension front and rear not only configures the suspension set-up with Riding Mode appropriate electronic adjustment, but Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) now also instantly reacts to
additional inputs to maintain overall vehicle composure for a smoother ride.


The “S” philosophy

The range-topping ‘S’ versions of the Multistrada 1200 feature the innovative DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) active suspension system and come with different equipment depending on specific usage. There are three configurations available: S Touring, S Pikes Peak and S Granturismo.
The S Touring is ideal for those who wish to travel in comfort and style, with spacious 58-litre side panniers, centre stand and heated grips.
The S Pikes Peak is the replica of the racing bike that won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, giving evidence of its amazing versatility on all terrains and confirming how the Multistrada shares the same racing DNA of all Ducati models.
The S Granturismo is the top-class tourer in the range. Derived from the Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the S Granturismo features a complete range of accessories to emphasise its long-range road touring vocation.


S Touring

Equipped with the active suspension system Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), the S Touring is specifically designed for touring. In terms of equipment level, the focus is on comfort and functionality. Centre stand, heated grips and colour-matched 58-litre side panniers come as standard equipment.



“Enduro Riding Mode If adventure invites the Multistrada 1200 off the beaten track, it has the capability to take off-road routes in its stride. Agile and lightweight and with high, wide handlebars, serrated footrests and specially designed tyres, the Multistrada also features an Enduro Riding Mode which instantly produces a smooth 100hp engine, immediately dials-in an appropriate suspension setting on the ‘S’ versions and reconfigures DSS to provide appropriate active management. The DTC system is reduced to level two for minimal intervention
and ABS to an off-road-oriented level one interaction for a low-grip terrain appropriate setting with “lift-up” detection deactivated and rear wheel ABS partially interrupted for controlled rear end drifting.”



As an urban environment often requires an even more user-friendly motorcycle, the Urban Riding Mode instantly transforms the Multistrada 1200 into the most manageable, everyday transport. Power output is reduced to 100hp, and the suspension, on the ‘S’ versions, to a setting perfect for tackling the maze of city streets full of speed bumps and drain covers. Once again, DSS is also reconfigured to provide appropriate active management in this demanding environment. DTC is further enhanced to level six to provide high system intervention during the most chaotic of stop-start traffic and ABS to a city-oriented level three interaction for maximum confidence with “lift-up” detection active and combined braking optimised.



The Touring Riding Mode is also programmed to produce 150hp, however, the power characteristics are designed in a touring configuration with a smoother, more user-friendly delivery. Active safety is enhanced by increasing DTC system intervention to level five, specifically intended for an enjoyable and relaxing ride and ABS to a touring-oriented level three interaction for maximum confidence with “lift-up” detection active and combined braking optimised. On the ‘S’ versions, the suspension automatically dials-in a set-up ideal for long distance touring, ensuring maximum comfort for both the rider and passenger and DSS again reconfigured to provide appropriate active management, even considering the amount of load onboard preprogrammed into the system by the rider.



Sport Riding Mode The Sport Riding Mode provides the rider with an adrenalin-fuelled 150hp ride with a sport-oriented throttle response and, on the ‘S’ versions, an instant high performance suspension set-up with DSS reconfigured to provide appropriate active management in this mode. In character with its Superbike heritage, the sport mode also changes the DTC system intervention to level four for expert riders and ABS to level two for a performance-oriented interaction with combined front/rear function slightly reduced and “lift-up” detection deactivated for those whose ‘comfort zone’ is a little closer to the limit.


Testastretta 11° DS

The Testastretta 11° engine was introduced on the Multistrada 1200 in 2010. Derived from the Superbike 1198 engine, it achieved brilliant results when valve overlap was reduced from 41° (typical of sport engines) to 11°, losing some peak power in favour of improved overall smoothness, especially in the mid-range.
The new Multistrada family introduces the second generation of Testastretta 11° DS engines with several new features that make it even smoother and more tractable. Dual Spark ignition (DS) uses two plugs per cylinder to ensure complete combustion in very short time. The fuel injectors have been relocated to aim the jet of fuel directly at the hotter rear end of the suction valve, so that all fuel is atomised. A secondary air system similar to that of the 1199 Panigale has been introduced to optimise operation and reduce cyclic combustion variability without affecting emissions. A controlled flow of fresh air is supplied to the exhaust duct to enable complete oxidisation of hot unburnt gases, to effectively reduce hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide levels.
With 150 hp power, 12.7 Kgm (124.5 Nm) torque and 10% less consumption (at 90 kph), the Testastretta 11° DS engine sets a new benchmark for Ducati twin-cylinder engines.


Power modes

Ride-by-Wire technology offers three different engine mappings with different torque and power delivery:
150 hp with sporty delivery
150 hp with progressive delivery
100 hp with progressive delivery
The structural characteristics of the new second-generation Testastretta 11° DS engine combined with Ride-By-Wire technology made it possible to achieve four bikes in one.
Each Riding Mode has a pre-set engine mapping, but can be adjusted and customised to suit rider needs.
For instance, a rider may change the progressive 150 hp output pre-set for the Touring Riding Mode to the sporty 150 hp or the 100 hp output.


Service intervals every 24,000 km

The new Multistrada 1200 has been designed for long-distance riding in all four Riding Modes. This is one of the reasons why cutting maintenance costs and time was a priority goal of the engineering project.
Careful engineering and top-quality materials achieved amazing results. For example, valve clearances are adjusted every 24,000 km, twice the mileage as the Testastretta Evoluzione, with great benefits for owners. This was made possible also by the improved combustion efficiency and lower operating temperatures of the new Testastretta 11° DS engine.
The instrument panel includes a service reminder just in case sheer riding pleasure makes the rider forgetful of anything else.


Crankcase – Vacural® technology

Weight reduction is a priority consideration also in the design of the new second-generation Testastretta 11° DS engine. Crankcases are vacuum-die-cast using the Vacural® technology, ensuring maximum weight reduction, homogeneous wall thickness, and increased mechanical strength.



Gearbox and final drive ratio have been designed for fuel efficiency and increased comfort with less vibration.


Oil sump guard

The motorcycle is very capable on unpaved country roads and compact off-road terrain. Off-road capability is ensured by long suspension travel and low weight and a robust, effective structural aluminium sump guard that protects the oil sump when riding over bumpy terrain.


Sachs active control suspension

The current Multistrada 1200 ‘S’ versions are equipped with 48-mm front fork and Sachs rear monoshock, both integrated with the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system. In addition to providing compression and rebound damping and rear suspension spring preload adjustment – either automatic adjustment integrated with the Riding Modes or customised through the on-board computer – the system is characterised by semi-active suspension adjusted continually to ensure perfect vehicle balance, so that the bike seems to run off the ground, gliding in the air.
Suspension travel is longer (170 mm front and rear) than is typical for road bikes. This makes for a comfort ride even when carrying a full load and allows to tackle off-road terrain in full safety. On the ‘S’ versions, comfort is further enhanced by a DSS function that enables the rider to change setup conveniently and quickly to suit load conditions and type of trip: riding solo, rider and luggage, riding two-up or two-up with luggage.



With long distance touring ability ranking among its distinctive features, the Multistrada 1200 underwent an extensive ergonomic study using CAD and prototype testing to ensure superior comfort for rider and passenger, also when carrying a full load.
Rider and passenger triangles have been designed to offer the utmost comfort and fit.
There is ample space for riding two up with top case and side panniers installed.
To further enhance its “multi-purpose” vocation, the Multistrada 1200’s ergonomics were designed and tested to make it easy to ride standing up, a significant benefit when riding on bumpy terrain.


Single-sided swinging arm

The single-sided swinging arm is maybe the most elegant, yet complex mechanical component of the new Multistrada 1200. It is chill-cast in a single piece with four bonded cores for a sleeker inboard contour, machined and paint finished. The result is a beautifully sculpted, functional component that enhances the stylish design of the Multistrada 1200 and ensures superior roadworthiness.


Magnesium front subframe

The magnesium front subframe helps shed off some more weight and provides firm, stable support to front light unit, instrument panel and fairing. Its special construction has been designed to reduce weight up front and high up on the bike, so as to further improve riding control. Although this component is hidden from sight under the fairing, its design has been perfected down to the finest detail


Trellis frame

The frame features a trellis design up front with large-diameter thin-wall tubing, two central cast plates and two rear side elements made from welded tubing, closed by a rear load-bearing component made from fibreglass reinforced engineering plastics.


Bosch-Brembo braking system

The front brake features Brembo radial callipers with four 32-mm pistons and 2 pads, radial cylinders with adjustable levers, and two 320-mm discs. The rear brake uses a single 245-mm disc, 5-mm thick, gripped by a Brembo calliper with a single 34-mm piston.
These components ensure benchmark-setting braking performance in the segment, as is typical with all Ducatis.
The new Multistrada 1200 comes standard with the new latest-generation Bosch 9ME ABS, for confident, effective braking under any grip conditions. The ABS can be switched off from the instrument panel and is switched on automatically upon next key-on.


Lightweight components

Weight reduction is a priority consideration in the design of all Ducati motorcycles. Weight is indeed the primary consideration when you want to get the best riding performance and safety out of a vehicle. Other conditions being equal, a lighter bike will provide shorter braking distance, faster acceleration and require less steering effort. This is why each and every component has an essential design in which shape is dictated by function, obviously without compromising on strength and the load capacity of the motorcycle
As a result, the Multistrada 1200 weighs in at 194 kg (S Pikes Peak version), and is the lightest road enduro, touring or sport touring bike in its market segment ever.



The Multistrada 1200 seat provides an instant feeling of comfort and stirs up your desire to ride. Two independent seats for rider and passenger, designed with great attention to shape and foam density, ensure excellent comfort also on long trips and excellent ground reach. The passenger grab handle is ideally positioned with respect to seat top to provide ample grip space, good grip and an ergonomic position.


D-air Street® provision

The Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-air is equipped, as standard, with an advanced electronics system that is an essential part of the D-air Street® system. The system is an innovative, EC-certified “Personal protective device” for motorcyclists’ safety. It is composed of two separate units that communicate wirelessly: a first unit comprising sensors and electronic components already installed on the vehicle and integrated with the on-board electronics, designed to recognize the conditions during a motorcycle crash or fall, and a second unit, which is an airbag module fitted in the Jacket/Vest that protects the most exposed parts of the body in case of impact. The Jacket/Vest with D-air Street® system, to purchase separately from the bike, is available for both rider and passenger.


Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS)

The Multistrada 1200 ‘S’ versions are equipped with 48-mm front fork and Sachs rear monoshock, both integrated with the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system. This system is characterised by active suspension control, that automatically and continually adjusts damping to maintain a steady attitude regardless of road conditions, reduce the amount of vibration transferred to rider and passenger, and significantly improves riding comfort and stability. The name “”Skyhook”” describes the feel of the bike, which seems to be hooked up to the sky and immune to bumpy terrain.
The DSS system processes the inputs from a number of sensors (vertical accelerometers) located on sprung and unsprung components instantly and adjusts compression and rebound damping according to selected Riding Mode so as to minimise the vertical motion caused by the road and maximise riding comfort and stability.
In addition to controlling vertical motion on bumpy terrain, the DSS uses the inputs from the Ride-by-Wire system and the pressure sensors of the ABS to adjust damping continually so as to minimise load transfers during transition from braking to acceleration and deceleration, with great benefits in terms of dynamic performance.
Rear suspension spring preload adjustment is integrated with the Riding Modes. The system enables the rider to select the different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro), and to change setup conveniently and quickly to suit load conditions and type of trip: riding solo, rider and luggage, riding two-up or two-up with luggage. The DSS recognises customised settings and re-tunes accordingly before starting interaction.


Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)

The Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) is offered standard throughout the new Multistrada 1200 range, giving evidence of how Ducati gives top priority to road safety. Designed to achieve superior control and active safety, the DSP includes Brembo’s state-of-the-art 9ME ABS with three mappings and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) with eight operation levels.


Adjustable windscreen

The new Multistrada 1200 is equipped with a larger windscreen (18 mm taller and 43 mm wider) to offer superior wind protection. Windscreen height can be adjusted within a 60 mm range through a mechanism designed for easy single-hand operation even with the gloves on.


10-spoke sport wheel rims

The sporty character of the new Multistrada 1200 is enhanced by the black light-alloy wheel rims that are the same 10-spoke design as those of the 1199 Panigale.


New LED headlights

The new Multistrada 1200’s headlights feature redesigned style and function, with ample use of LED technology. The LED low beams can be turned on at the same time as the conventional high beams and significantly improve visibility and night vision.
The new Multistrada models also sport restyled LED parking lights and hazard lights, which are turned on by keeping the left turn indicator button pressed for three seconds.


Hands-free ignition

The Multistrada 1200 is actuated without a mechanical key. As the rider approaches the bike with the electronic key in his pocket, the system will recognise the key code within a 2-metre range and enable actuation. At this point, a simple press of the key-on button will switch on the panel, and then the rider can start the engine.
The steering lock is electrically actuated. When parking the bike, it can be actuated by pressing the key-on button. The steering lock is released automatically at the next key-on.


Ducati Traction Control (DTC)

An integral part of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), the Ducati Traction Control system can be adjusted to eight levels (four of which are integrated in the Riding Modes). It processes the inputs from the wheel speed sensors to control rear wheel slip, significantly improving performance and active safety.
The system installed on the new Multistrada 1200 is re-tuned for a smoother intervention of the system, which now gives a higher priority to ignition delay. In case of wheel-spin, the system reacts by delaying the ignition, up to a 60% torque reduction request. For higher torque reduction requests the injection is cut off.
Each pre-set DTC level associated with the different Riding Modes can be customised by the rider and stored from the setup menu.


Bosch 9ME ABS

The new Multistrada 1200 family is equipped with the latest Bosch 9ME ABS, an integral part of the Ducati Safety Pack. This unrivalled combination of safety and braking power provides shorter stopping distances and greater stability under braking. Three different settings integrated in the Riding Modes are available.
Thanks to the same processor used to control the ABS on the Superbike 1199 Panigale, the new Multistrada 1200 now offers combined front and rear braking optimised for the Urban and Touring Riding Modes, which instantly adjusts to the riding conditions typically associated with the Sport and Enduro Riding Modes when a softer setup is preferable. The combined braking system uses four pressure sensors (located in the master cylinders and in the braking circuits of front and rear callipers) to analyse braking performance whenever the front brake is operated and applies controlled braking pressure at the rear end to increase stability. In certain Riding Modes, the 9ME ABS also performs an anti-lift up function to guarantee optimal ground contact of the rear wheel.
The system integrates perfectly with the Riding Modes and has three operation levels. Level 2, for the Sport Riding Mode, ensures balanced front and rear braking, with less braking force at the rear and without rear wheel lift detection. Level 3 offers ideal combined braking in the Touring and Urban Modes, with rear wheel lift detection for the utmost safety. Level 1 provides the utmost off-road performance, and rear wheel lift detection is disabled to allow for controlled rear-wheel lock-up.
Riders who wish to try out unassisted braking performance can disable the ABS from the instrument panel menu. The ABS will remain disabled at the next key-on and this setting can be stored for each Riding Mode.


On-board computer

The on-board computer consists of two sections: a large high-visibility LCD with key indications and a round dot-matrix LCD that displays different functions depending on whether the bike is stationary or moving.
During operation, the on-board computer communicates continually with the other ECUs of the vehicle over a data communication line so that the customer is informed of any malfunctions and/or system problems (battery state, alarms, errors, etc.) in real time.


Storage compartments

The new Multistrada 1200 has been designed with the needs of customers with a dynamic lifestyle who appreciate the quality of detail.
This is why is offers two storage compartments. The new Multistrada 1200 features a larger glove compartment with push-push lid up front in the right panel and a roomy (over 3-litre capacity) storage compartment under the passenger seat to store tool kit, owner’s manual or other personal belongings.


Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires

Pirelli has been involved in the project since its inception as a technical partner and co-designed the Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires specifically for the “”4 bikes in 1″” concept for the first Multistrada 1200. The Pirelli Scorpion Trail was the first on/off-road tyre in the 190/55 size capable of ensuring unrivalled performance thanks also to a special tread pattern in which grooves do not extend to the outer edge, offering improved stability, steep lean angles worthy of a true sports bike and the mileage you would expect of a tourer. The new Multistrada 1200 is equipped with a rear tyre that uses a new compound with latest-generation components and ensures maximum traction under all weather conditions, a well as the ideal balance between effective performance and mileage.
The result is a new-generation sport off-road tyre that matches the multi-purpose concept of the bike perfectly.






















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Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke
Compression ratio
150hp – 110.3kw @ 9250rpm
124.5 Nm (91.8 lb-ft) @ 7,500 rpm

Technical data referring to power and torque was measured on an engine test stand at Ducati.
Fuel injection
Electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle bodies
Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, aluminium tail pipes



6 speed
Primary drive
Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Final drive
Chain 5.30″; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 40
Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run



Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front suspension
48mm fully adjustable usd forks. Electronic compression & rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension
Front wheel
10-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front Tyre
Pirelli Scorpion Trail 120/70 17”
Rear suspension
Electronic compression & rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring pre-load adjustment with DSS Aluminium single-sided swingarm.
Rear wheel
10-spoke light alloy 6.00 x 17
Rear tyre
Pirelli Scorpion Trail 190/55 17”
Front wheel travel
170mm (6.7in)
Rear wheel travel
170mm (6.7in)
Front brake
2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad. ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake
245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Multifunction digital dashboard of two displays with white backlight. Main LCD display: odometer (total, trip 1 and trip2), speedometer, rev counter, clock, gear indicator, coolant temperature; fuel level. Circular LCD dot-matrix display: trip computer (riding style set-up, active riding parameters, remaining fuel/distance, current fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, average speed, air temperature, trip time), maintenance intervals indicator (Km), signaling alarms and errors detection (diagnosis), setup menu and customization functions. Interface for the management of Riding Modes (control power curve and throttle response, traction control, ABS, DSS). “Parking” and “Steering lock” indicators. Activation and adjustment heated-grips control function (Touring and Granturismo versions only). Lights: oil pressure, neutral N, fuel warning, turn signal, EOBD (diagnosis), high beam, DTC intervention (Traction Control) and deterrent immobilizer (in Key-Off). Headlight control: auto switching-off during engine start, auto turning-off after 60 seconds from Key-On without starting the engine. The key management of the various function menus are integrated in the left and right switch controls.


Dimensions and weight

Dry weight
207kg (456.4lb)

Weight data refers to the dry weight of the motorcycle without battery, lubricants and coolants for liquid-cooled models.
Wet weight (KERB)
235kg (518lb)

Kerb weights indicate total bike weight with all operating consumable liquids and a fuel tank filled to 90% of capacity (as per EC standard 93/93).
Seat height
850mm (33.5in)
1530mm (60.2in)
110mm (4.33in)
Fuel tank capacity
20l – 5.3 gallon (US)
Number of seats
Dual seat



Standard Equipment
DSS Ducati Skyhook Suspension,DSP Ducati Safety Pack ( ABS 9ME + DTC),Riding modes, Power modes, RbW, 58 litre side luggage, heated grips and centre stand, D-air Street ® on-board electronics



2 years unlimited mileage
Maintenance service intervals
Valve clearance check
24.000km (15,000m)


Emissions and Consumption

Euro 3


Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice.

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