On the Multistrada 1260 the ABS features the Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) system. When activated, VHC holds the vehicle steady by applying rear wheel braking (if unused automatic deactivation occurs after nine seconds).
The function is activated when, with the bike at standstill and the kickstand up, the rider applies high pressure on the front or rear brake levers. On activation the system calculates and applies, according to vehicle status, pressure on the rear brake system by acting on the pump and the ABS control unit valves.
This system can be activated at all ABS levels, except for when the ABS is switched off. VHC activation is indicated by a warning light. The same warning light starts flashing when the system is about to release pressure on the rear wheel and cease holding the vehicle, pressure reduction is gradual.
The Multistrada 1260 upgrade is enriched by the new smartphone app Ducati Link App, available for iOS and Android. When connected via Bluetooth with the Multistrada 1260, the rider’s smartphone records bike data, such as lean angle, current, average and maximum speed and power, fuel consumption and much more.
In addition to bike data and rider’s performance, the application records the route travelled, which can be shared with other app subscribers. They can also use the app to create their own network of friends with whom to organise events, rallies and rides, and share everything on social networks.
A reward system gives prizes to users who reach several different goals based on the use of their motorcycles and different riding experiences.
A new feature of the new Ducati Link App is the ability to set several motorcycle parameters, such as the different Riding Modes, directly from the rider’s smartphone. Also included is an “Alert and Info Service” that reminds users of maintenance intervals or alerts them to any abnormal operation, providing information and the ability to contact Dealer directly.
Hands Free Ignition
The Multistrada 1260 can be started without a mechanical key thanks to the new Hands Free system that enhances security. When its electronic key is within a 2 metre radius of the bike, the system automatically reads the key’s code, even if it is never removed from the rider’s pocket. Pressing the “on” button powers-up the bike, activates the display, and allows the engine to be started. The electronic key also includes a mechanical “flip” key for seat and filler cap removal. There is also a steering lock that is activated by an electric actuator.
The Ducati Multistrada 1260 is the latest evolution of the model line which introduced a smaller capacity Multistrada 950 this year (2017), offering an easier entry point for smaller riders, or those looking for a lower priced option that still carries the full Multistrada DNA.
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