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Breaking down barriers! With the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Enduro you can launch yourself on adventure trips
Breaking down barriers! With the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Enduro you can launch yourself on adventure trips

It must be that many times it has been said that the Multistrada is an excessively asphalt motorcycle and that to be a trail you could not go out with it off the road. In Borgo Panigale they had to ring their ears and they have dared with an infinitely more rugged version of their touring motorcycle by launching the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Enduro.

With a first glance we can fall into the error of thinking that it is only a couple of aesthetic accessories, but the changes of this camperized version go much further and get a more daring facet with which to face travel through imperfect terrain with many guarantees. I was not expecting a model like that at all, you?

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Enduro

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Starting from the well-known Multistrada 1200 model that debuted last year with the new engine Testastretta DVT, we suddenly found ourselves with a version that considerably increases its range on difficult surfaces and off-road. The big question is: will the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Enduro be as good on brown as its original is on tarmac?

The Italian brand's testers have subjected the Enduro to the most complex off-road riding conditions and have developed a model in which the changes are more numerous than it might seem at first. Let's go to trouble.

Multistrada DVT motor

For the engine, the great novelty of the brand is still used, the Testastretta DVT. Its great advantage is the response in any regime by varying the opening time of the valves, both intake and exhaust, to deliver maximum performance at every command of the right fist with velvety reactions. In addition, with the improvement of performance and benefits, the Euro 4 is also met by the way.

In this way, the 1198 cubic centimeter twin (106 x 67.9 mm each cylinder) is capable of generating 160 maximum horsepower at 9,500 revolutions with a torque of 136 Nm at 7,500 without tousling, or tousling. The extensive work carried out on the engine means that from just 3,500 laps there is already 100 Nm at the driver's disposal.

And how is all this achieved? Well, the variation of the elevation is done by means of gyroscopes on the camshaft controlled by oil pressure as we already explained in its day on the occasion of the launch of the propellant.

And to the DVT system we must add the Dual Spark, the system of injectors that launch the mixture to the hottest areas for better vaporization, the secondary gas pipes …

In the six-speed gearbox, a shorter first gear is now mounted to get us out of complicated situations with greater ease. And to finish off the engine the 2-1-2 exhaust system has been redesigned and the aluminum silencers are now less bulky in addition to taking a higher position.

Changes for the field

Among the design changes introduced to enhance the adventurous side of the Multistrada 1200 S Enduro we can find a 30 liter tank that substantially increases autonomy and the sides are covered with two ribbed aluminum plates to favor the pilot's grip.

To protect us and the bodywork the nose is now a little longer to offer better coverage against mud and stones and the fender has also been modified to complement this protection. The parts of the side fairing are rebuilt according to the new needs of the set.

Ergonomics have been put on track towards offroad driving and facilitating situations in which it is more convenient to ride standing up. The handlebar with heated grips is positioned higher, the metal footpegs have a removable rubber coating, the rear brake pedal is height-adjustable and the gear lever retracts to prevent breakage in the event of a fall.

The standard seat is now narrower and extends vertically downwards, it is positioned at 870 millimeters, with an optional version at 890 and another at 850 mm. There is also optionally a narrower passenger seat that favors the pilot's movements in difficult situations.

Under the engine we find a aluminum protector of considerable dimensions connected directly to the chassis to favor a solid coverage.

The adjustable screen It now has a 60-millimeter adjustment with just one hand, it has two 12-volt sockets (one under the passenger seat and the other at the front of the bike). If we choose to mount the optional GARMIN navigator, it will be powered by a specific connection that comes out of the control panel.

Electronic equipment

As you well know, Ducati are always at the latest in technology, so below you have a list of technological equipment. Of all of them we know most of the things, except for the novelty of the VHC (Vehicule Hold Control) which is a new hill start system that acts on the rear brake preventing the motorcycle from moving until we start.

  • IMU Bosch
  • Brembo 9.1ME ABS system with cornering assist
  • Cruise control
  • Driving modes
  • Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
  • Sachs semi-active suspensions: Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution
  • Full led headlights with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)

Cycle part

Although the base remains the same, the chassis receives some elements that unceremoniously give away an adventurous approach. The geometries of the set have varied, in addition to the new dimensions of the wheels and length of the suspension, because an offroad behavior has been sought without compromising stability.

The biggest change is the new swingarm, which abandons its single-arm structure to receive a more conventional one made of aluminum that reduces weight and increases its length to favor traction, holding the type more robustly in the face of the intensive use that it will receive.

Both the 48mm front fork and the rear monoshock are Sachs managed by the smart system DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) and have been specifically developed to offer the best performance with a useful travel of 200 mm in the Enduro model

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One of the most successful changes in the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Enduro comes in footwear. To adapt to its new use, two Pirelli Scorpion Trail II are fitted as standard on the beautiful spoke wheels with new dimensions: front 120/70 R19 and rear 170/60 R17. Optionally, even more offroad are offered, the Pirelli Scorpion Rally.

The change is not only aesthetic as it happens in other models, but in addition to giving it a country-style look, the new 40-spoke tubeless tires offer better performance to travel off-road and the measures of 3.00x19 "and 4, 50x17" they will allow us to do it with greater security.

Customization kits

  • Touring Pack: Heated grips, Touratech aluminum panniers and handlebar bag
  • Sport Pack: Termignoni homologated exhaust, water pump protectors and brake and clutch pump covers in aluminum
  • Urban Pack: aluminum top case, tank bag with accommodation and USB for smartphone
  • Enduro Pack: Additional led headlights, engine, radiator, drive pinion and rear brake guards

Going a little further in the interaction with the user we can use the Multistrada Link App to have all the information about the bike at the touch of a thumb. The app will also help us by collecting data and offering feedback and ideas through a direct link to Ducati.

Of course, this time the Ducati Performance catalog opens to broader horizons that until now we did not know.

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There will be three finishes Available: Ducati red with gray chassis and black wheels, Phantom gray with gray chassis and black wheels, and Silky White Star with gray chassis and black wheels. Availability will be from April 2016 at a price that ranges 21,090 euros from the red version to the 22,870 euros gray or black version with Touring Pack

Okay, after all this we now see that this was one of those models that Ducati had not dared to do until now, and at least it has caught me with the changed foot. I did not think they were going to take a Multistrada, so focused on the asphalt, and take a more country version.

And it is not only an aesthetic change, Have you seen how it moves in the video of the circuit? Anyone who has minimal experience with field bikes will know that no matter how many hands you have, if the bike is bad offroad it will be impossible to handle it like that on dirt and, even more so, jumping. I want to try it!

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