Ducati’s new Multistrada Enduro gains the full-monty 1262 cc Tesastretta DVT engine complete with variable valve timing that first made its debut in the regular Multistrada 1260. The first time the top of the line engine had made it into Ducati’s more off-road specific Multistrada offering.
Ducati claim that 85 per cent of the 128 Nm of torque is available from as low as 3500 rpm, and at 5500 rpm has 17 per cent more grunt than the model it replaces.
Ducati also promise an improved Ride by Wire function with smoother and more satisfying throttle control, along with the two-way DQS (Ducati Quick Shift). Extras that are standard fitment to the 1260 Multistrada Enduro include Bosch Cornering ABS, Cornering Lights, Wheelie Control and Cruise Control along with Traction Control and Vehicle Hold Control.
With spoked rims measuring a dirt friendly 19-inches at the front married to a 17-inch rear Ducati are pitching the Multistrada 1260 Enduro as the touring bike in the range to boast real off-road chops.
Multistrada Enduro 1260 also boasts recalibrated electronic semi-active Sachs suspension with 185 mm of travel at both ends, making for a true multi-role capable machine.
Longer range and lower seat
A 30-litre fuel tank promises ranges of up to 450 kilometres according to Ducati.
Ergonomics have also come in for attention with Ducati claiming a lower c-of-g along with a lower seat and bars. The standard seat is 860 mm, 10 mm lower than the 1200 Enduro, while optional seats can lower that to 840 mm or raise it to 880 mm for those with a very long inseam.
The standard screen can be adjusted through a 60 mm plane while a pair of 12-volt sockets, one on the dash and one under the seat, provide up to 8 amps to charge your devices on the run. Ignition is via proximity key with no requirement for the rider to insert the key in the ignition.
Ducati have also updated their 5″ TFT Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) included. The DMS connects the bike to the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth, giving access to all key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music). Other Multistrada 1260 Enduro features include cruise control and a hands-free system.
Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Riding Modes
Sport Riding Mode
Selecting Sport Riding Mode transforms the Multistrada into a high-adrenalin 158 hp machine with a torque of 128 Nm and a sport-style suspension set-up. This Riding Mode is also characterised by reduced DTC and DWC intervention. ABS is set to Level 2 and rear wheel lift detection is disengaged but the Cornering function remains on, perfect for riders who want to push it to the max.
Touring Riding Mode
In Ducati Touring Riding Mode maximum power is 158 hp but delivery is smooth and progressive. Active safety is enhanced by higher DTC and DWC intervention levels. The ABS is set to interaction Level 3, allowing supremely confident touring thanks to wheel rear lift detection, optimisation of combined braking and the Cornering function. Moreover, the suspension is automatically set-up for long-distance rides, maximising comfort for rider and passenger alike.
Urban Riding Mode
In Urban Riding Mode power delivery is dropped to 100 hp and the suspension settings let the rider overcome frequently encountered urban obstacles such as bumps and manhole covers with ease. DSS is reconfigured for optimised handling of these continuous surface changes. DTC and DWC are set at very high intervention levels. ABS is set to Level 3.
Enduro Riding Mode
Superb on long-distance motorway rides and in city traffic, the Multistrada 1260 Enduro also offers unrivalled dirt-track potential. Agility and lightness, high and wide handlebars, serrated-edge pegs, an as-standard sump guard and specially designed tyres are perfect complements to the Enduro Riding Mode, which puts out 100 hp of engine power and activates the DSS Evolution off-road configuration. DTC and DWC intervention levels are ratcheted down and ABS is set to Level 1, suitable for off-road use on low-grip surfaces; rear wheel lift detection, Cornering and rear wheel ABS functions are deactivated.
Ducati Link App
The Multistrada 1260 Enduro is compatible with the new Ducati Link App: this lets riders set the journey mode (a combination of Load and Riding Mode) and personalise the parameters of each Riding Mode (ABS, Ducati Traction Control, etc.) via their smartphones.
Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Features
1262 cm3 Ducati Testastretta DVT engine
6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
Brembo braking system with Bosch Cornering ABS
320 mm front discs with Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers
Full-LED headlight assembly with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
Dashboard with 5″ TFT colour screen
The new Multistrada 1260 Enduro will be available in Ducati Red and Sand. As you would expect, there will be a wide range of dedicated accessories, such as aluminium panniers and top case, and the Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro packages.
Touring Pack: heated grips, Ducati Performance aluminium panniers by Touratech plus handlebar bag.
Sport Pack: type-approved Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni (complies with EU homologation requirements), black water pump cover, billet aluminium front brake fluid and clutch fluid reservoir plugs.
Urban Pack: Ducati Performance aluminium top case by Touratech, tank bag with tank lock and USB hub to charge electronic devices.
Enduro Pack: supplementary LED lights, Ducati Performance components by Touratech: engine crash bars, water radiator guard, oil radiator guard, sprocket cover, rear brake disc guard.
The Multistrada 1260 Enduro will be previewed in November at the EICMA fair in Milan and is expected to start arriving in dealerships early next year.
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