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Old 11-03-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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2015 Ducati Multistrada unveiled

New looks more power and cornering ABS for Ducatis 4in1 bike

DUCATI has just unveiled its 2015 Multistrada at the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan.

As revealed by Visordown two weeks ago, the new bike will feature variable valve timing, taking power to 160hp and torque to 100lbft, up from the current version's 150hp and 91.8lbft.

The 'Desmodromic Variable Timing' (DVT) also improves low-down torque and fuel economy according to Ducati.

The new Multistrada 1200 also gets revised styling, cornering ABS, Ducati Cornering lights and eight-level wheelie control.

A release from Ducati said:


As soon as it was launched back in 2010, the Multistrada 1200 revolutionised the motorcycling world by offering, for the very first time, nothing less than four bikes in one: from super sport to long-distance tourer, from everyday runabout to enduro. Now, Ducati’s technological expertise has produced a new generation

of Multistradas, bikes featuring the latest Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine and a state-of-the-art technological package that sets a whole new standard in its product segment. The new Multistrada 1200 is the “multibike” par excellence, with cutting-edge technology making it far more than just the 4-bikes-in-1 offered by its Riding Modes.

In what is a first for the motorcycle industry, the DVT engine features a variable valve timing system with independent control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts. This optimises engine performance throughout the power range in all riding conditions, thus ensuring maximum power at high rpm, fluid delivery, punchy low-rpm torque and low fuel consumption in full compliance with the latest Euro 4 regulations.

The new Multistrada 1200 also sets a new electronics benchmark thanks to the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which dynamically measures roll, yaw and pitch angles as well as the rate of their change; with this information, the IMU enhances both performance and safety. For example, the presence of the IMU enables the ABS to include a Cornering system capable of controlling braking even on bends where wheel lock could otherwise cause skidding. On the Multistrada 1200 S it also enables control the Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) in its full LED headlamp. Moreover, the IMU has allowed the introduction of Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC): this detects and corrects any front wheel lift to ensure maximum acceleration in complete safety. Like Ducati Traction Control (DTC), DWC features rider-settable 8-level sensitivity. Lastly, the IMU inertial platform also interacts with the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution (DSS) control system featured on the Multistrada 1200 S.

All models now feature Electronic Cruise Control, which the rider can set as desired using controls incorporated in the switchgear on the left handlebar. On the S version a Bluetooth module is included as standard: this activates the Ducati Multimedia System 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 and on-dash info. Thanks to an iOS/Android app, the Bluetooth connection lets riders use bike data to activate other functions which enhance, extend or let them share their everyday riding or touring experiences; the app even allows interaction with the website and social networks.

Main standard features on the Multistrada family Multistrada 1200

? Colour

1. Ducati Red with black wheels rims

? Features
o New Ducati Testastretta DVT engine
o IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit
o Bosch-Brembo ABS 9.1ME Cornering braking system o Electronic cruise control
o Riding Modes
o Ride-by-Wire Power Modes (PM)
o Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
o Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
o Height-adjustable seat
o LCD instrument panel

Multistrada 1200 S (and Multistrada 1200 S D|air®) ? Colours
  1. Ducati Red with black wheels rims (1200 S and 1200 S D|air®)
  2. Iceberg White with black wheels rims (1200 S only)
? Features
o New Ducati Testastretta DVT engine
o IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit
o Bosch-Brembo ABS 9.1ME Cornering braking system
o Front brake discs with diameter of 330 mm, Brembo M504 4-piston radial calipers o Electronic cruise control
o Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
o Lightweight machine-finished forged wheels
o Riding Modes
o Ride-by-Wire Power Modes (PM)
o Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
o Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
o Height-adjustable seat
o Electronic Sachs suspension (front and back) with the semi-active Ducati Skyhook

Suspension (DSS) Evolution system
o Full LED headlamp with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) o Instrument panel with 5” full colour TFT screen
o D|air system (Multistrada 1200 S D|air® only)

Personalisation Packs
  • ? Touring Pack: heated grips, panniers and center stand
  • ? Sport Pack: road-legal exhaust (homologated only for EU) Ducati Performance by Termignoni and

    carbon fibre front mudguard, machined-from-billet aluminium brake and clutch reservoir caps
? Urban Pack: top case, tank bag with lock and USB hub
? Enduro Pack: supplementary lights and Ducati Performance components by Touratech: engine

protection bars, radiator guard, oil sump guard, bigger kickstand base and off-road footpegs

The launch of the new Multistrada is enriched also by the Multistrada Link App: a smartphone app, available for iOS and Android, that further explains all content and new features of the bike. Through the app it‘s possible to rate individual aspects of the bike, and submit ideas and comments directly to Ducati. Further, it will deliver easily accessible weekly updates of a variety of content.

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