The most refined Multistrada yet
The 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 doesn’t feature so many changes. It’s more a refinement of the previous model than a completely new one. However, there are some interesting updates to consider.
First of all, it’s the engine: DVT 1262 cc (new displacement) that is capable of 158 hp on the S version and it has an increased torque at low and mid-range engine speeds. Ducati says that is “the highest torque value in its category standing at 4,000 rpm, which is the average rotation rate most commonly used when driving”.
The new Multistrada also comes with a longer swing arm and a new shape at the front end for better performance on curvy roads and higher stability at full-load with panniers and pillion onboard.
The S version suspensions of the new Multistrada 1260 are of the semi-active type and are controlled by the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system.
Electronics highlights: inertial platform (IMU) that manages both the operation of the Cornering ABS and the Cornering Light. And more: Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, the highly revered Skyhook suspensions and the Vehicle Hold Control that ensures easy and safe uphill starts.
The maintenance interval – oil changes are scheduled for every 15,000 km, while the "Desmo Service" valve clearance control is required every 30,000 km.
The new Multistrada 1260 is available in four versions: Multistrada 1260, Multistrada 1260 S, Multistrada 1260 S D|Air, Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.
The Pikes Peak is our pick, with the Ducati Performance by Termignoni approved exhaust system, carbon fibre windscreen and additional Plexiglas windscreen, Öhlins top range suspensions, carbon fibre front mudguard, carbon fibre air intake covers, carbon Hands-Free cover.