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Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,198.4 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight235 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 17,45,835

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is now discontinued in India.

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Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Summary

Multistrada 1200 S key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,198.4 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 235 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres
Seat Height 845 mm
Max Power 157.8 bhp

About Multistrada 1200 S

The Multistrada range of bikes has made Ducati a leader in the world of adventure touring. The Multistrada 1200S makes the segment more interesting with its latest technologies.

The overall design styling of this new Multistrada hasn’t changed and still gets the tall boy design. With the sharply chiseled body, carbon fiber panels and delicate detailing, the visually appealing motorcycle features Marchesini three-spoke wheels and a newly designed LED headlight.

The Multistrada 1200S is powered by a new 1200cc Testastretta engine that produces 160bhp at 9500rpm and peak torque of 136Nm at 7600rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox, which transfers power to the rear wheel via a chain drive. This engine has been tuned to deliver power and torque across the band, to give a nice touring experience.

In terms of equipment, the Multistrada 1200 S is loaded with the latest gadgets. It gets Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) that combines the Bosch 9ME multi-calibration cornering ABS with the Ducati branded 8-levels DTC. The rider has the option to switch off the ABS. The bike comes with four riding modes – urban, touring, sport and enduro. Other than this, the bike is equipped with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC). And the list doesn’t stop there. It gets TFT display that shows detailed data of the bike, which will be helpful to the rider. The Multistrada 1200S also gets cruise control, hands-free ignition and Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

The Ducati Multistrada 1200S is sold as a completely-built-up (CBU) unit from Italy. The bike can be booked from all the Ducati showrooms present in India.
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Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Review

We've ridden Ducati’s do-it-all model before but we experience it for the first time on Indian soil. It takes the form of an adventure-touring motorcycle, but claims to transmogrify into a sportbike, dirt bike or commuter at the touch of a button or two.

What is it?

Ducati’s do-it-all model that we’ve ridden before but we experience it for the first time on Indian soil. It takes the form of an adventure-touring motorcycle, but claims to transmogrify into a sportbike, dirt bike or commuter at the touch of a button or two.

How does it ride?

 

Really well in any situation, given that the suspension is electronic. There are modes to choose from, and you can set it to respond to just a rider, a rider with a pillion, a rider with luggage or a two up with luggage. There’s also the different modes, namely, Urban, Touring, Sport and Enduro, to choose from. These modes change the throttle response, power output, suspension preload and damping all at a single go. It is only sharp ridges that catch it out; something that air-damped electronic suspension has not managed to deal with in any vehicle so far. We hadn’t managed to try out the Enduro mode during our previous ride, and we found that it shuts off the ABS at the rear and softens the throttle response from the 160bhp, 1200cc V Twin. Another mode we didn’t really try out was the ‘Urban’ mode. This is also very useful in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Coupled with the DVT, it doesn’t give you the Ducati impression of old, that you’re riding a very unhappy thoroughbred horse. There is nothing but seamless torque from as low as 2000rpm. Ducati has even taken care of the throttle-blipping problem that we experienced on the Monster 821 – All Throttle Blips Are Equal when you’re riding a Multistrada, regardless of the mode. It does heat up enough to boil eggs if you’re in very slow-moving traffic, though, so we wouldn’t recommend rush hour on this, even though its other aspects like the turning radius and the ability to see over anything except trucks (all you have to do is stand on the pegs) make it a very good commuter. 

Anything else I should know?

It is a genuinely usable motorcycle. We had the opportunity to ride it (unofficially) around a racetrack, on a cross-country trip and on our commute, and we can’t think of any other motorcycle we’ve ridden that can do all of these things combined as well as the Multistrada can. We found ourselves throwing it around corners – thank you, traction control and cornering ABS – and onto the dirt with the 100cc motorcycles when the going got rough with no worry about punctures. We never did face a puncture with all we put the Multistrada through, and that is commendable. 

There are a ton of features on the Multistrada – from an adjustable windscreen, to a colour TFT instrument cluster, to cruise control, to ABS, cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, rear lift mitigation… Just about the only thing it doesn’t do is make you coffee. There are optional extras, too, like the auxiliary lights, radiator guard and side guard, and main stand, that you can see on the example in these images.

 

Should I buy one?

We took a quick poll with the team, as to who would prefer a Multistrada over the Panigale, and all except one die hard supersport fan opted for the Multistrada. Once you’ve had your fill of screaming from one place to another on a fully faired motorcycle, or have one parked at your friendly neighborhood racetrack, a motorcycle like the Multistrada makes a lot of sense. We rode it at the track, then rode it back home, and it was fun all the way. The sticker price of Rs 21 lakh prevented us from trying it out off-road, but the off-road specialists in the team are quietly waiting for the Multistrada Enduro to make its way into the press fleet. However, to answer the question posed above, in a single word, yes.

Where does it fit in?

The adventure-touring motorcycle segment is still in its infancy in the Indian market. Right from the Royal Enfield Himalayan to the BMW R 1200 GS, there isn’t much choice at particular price bracket. The Multistrada 1200 competes with the BMW in principle, but the German isn’t officially available in the market yet. That means the Multistrada is in a class of one. Sure, you can point at the Kawasaki Versys 1000, but that is not as sophisticated.

Gear check

1. Arai Astro-IQ Second in the Arai street models hierarchy, the Astro-IQ is a comfortable, stable helmet at any speed. Price: Rs 50,000 

2. Scorpion Hat Trick Mesh/Textile jacket Although not on sale for a while now, the Hat Trick is a jacket that is protective yet allows decent airflow. The fleece liner keeps you warm enough, and the waterproof liner makes it truly impermeable, even in a Mumbai monsoon. Drying it out takes a while, though. Price: Rs 15600 (Scorpion Phalanx

3. Royal Enfield Spiti riding gloves Made for comfortable touring, these short-cuff gloves offer a lot of comfort right from the first ride. Price: Rs 3200

4. Joe Rocket Phoenix 2.0 pants Mesh is a wonderful thing in our heat, and the Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh pants manage an ideal combination of protection via the removable armour, and airflow. Price: Rs 9600 (Phoenix Ion)

5. Royal Enfield long riding boots With a little inspiration from both off-road boots and touring boots, the RE long riding boots are comfortable and yet protective. Price: Rs 11,000

 

 

Photography: Kapil Angane

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As per ARAI, the average of Multistrada 1200 S is 20 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 157.8 bhp @ 9,500 rpm

    Max Torque 136 Nm @ 7,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 1,198.4 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 106 mm

    Stroke 67 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs 2 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 400 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 20 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 330 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 190/55 17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 265 mm

    Calliper Type Four-piston front, two-piston rear

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size --

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 48mm fully adjustable usd forks

    Rear Suspension Fully adjustable unit

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 235 kg

    Overall Length --

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,529 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 845 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type Tubular steel Trellis frame

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --

Features

Odometer --

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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  •  51200s - to live a dream! 3 years ago by Shrini, Chennai

    After a terrible experience 7 years ago with the earlier mumbai dealer when the first multistrada 1200 was launched, ownership of beautiful but impractical harleys (dyna superglide custom and heritage softail) and looking for a more practical touring ride, the 2016 mult

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  •  5Boon to ride this machine 4 years ago by Arnav, Mumbai

    The experience of buying this bike was on another level this bike cost around 21.45 Lakhs.Riding this bike it feel great its a boon to ride this bike. Being a biker i have driven this bike for 18 hrs its more comfortable than any harley davidson it also look's gorgeous

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