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Ducati Multistrada 1260 [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,262 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight232 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 17,35,330

Ducati Multistrada 1260 [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Ducati Multistrada 1260 [2018-2019] Summary

Multistrada 1260 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,262 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 232 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres

About Multistrada 1260 [2018-2019]

The Ducati Multistrada has a few updates for the 2018 model year, chief of which is a new engine. It still remains a twin, but it is based on the engine in the XDiavel.

The Multistrada 1260’s engine displaces – no points for guessing – 1262cc from two cylinders. It generates 158bhp and 130Nm. 85 per cent of the torque is available from 3500rpm onward, which is good news for tourers who like to put a lot of luggage onto their Multistrada. The rake angle has been increased slightly, the swingarm is slightly longer and thus the wheelbase has increased as well, which will aid stability. The 1260 is 10kg lighter than the Multistrada 1200, a 5 per cent weight reduction that will help in handling the bike at slow speeds.

The base Multi gets an LCD screen for information but the rest of the range gets a TFT colour display. The Pikes Peak edition, when launched, will offer the fetching livery, plus forged aluminium wheels, a Termignoni exhaust and fully (manually) adjustable Ohlins suspension at both ends. The electronics package is as comprehensive as ever: a two-way quickshifter, cornering ABS, eight-level wheelie and traction control, hill hold assist, and cruise control are all on the list.

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 has its work cut out since it butts heads with giants such as BMW’s R1200 GS and Triumph’s Tiger 1200.
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Ducati Multistrada 1260 [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Excellent highway-touring capabilities
    • Loaded with top-class safety electronics
    • Available with multiple variants
  • Could be Better

    • Priced quite high
    • Engine heats up while riding in city
    • Limited sales, service reach

BikeWale's Take

The Multistrada 1260 is possible one of the most comfortable motorcycles ever made. It is equipped with performance and features that makes the rider’s life very easy, especially on a multiday tour. Just like all the other Ducatis, the Multistrada 1260 too is loaded with some top-spec electronics. However, due to its limited sales and service reach along with the hefty price tag, the Multistrada 1260 is out of reach from an average Indian. 

Ducati Multistrada 1260 [2018-2019] Review

Everybody knows that Ducati takes its top-of-the line bikes very seriously. In fact, the Italian bike maker constantly endeavours to equip its machines with some really expensive and top-class components to make it fast.

Introduction

Everybody knows that Ducati takes its top-of-the line bikes very seriously. In fact, the Italian bike maker constantly endeavours to equip its machines with some really expensive and top-class components to make it fast. Really fast! The masters at Bologna wanted to do the same thing with the new Multistrada 1260S. So they went to Ohlins, Termignoni and guys who have truck load of carbon atoms to create the fastest Multistrada ever – the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak. The bike that won the 2018 edition of the iconic Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Design

The Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak gets some visual enhancements which have also improved its overall performance. While the base design remains the same as the 1260S, it gets a new red and white paint scheme to act as a major differentiator factor. But there are a few serious changes. The front mudguard, front fuel-tank cover and top-fairing sides are now carbon fibre. The adjustable windscreen too, is made of carbon fibre. The lightweight alloy wheels have been replaced with forged aluminium wheels, which are 3kgs lighter. The Italians have also installed a lighter Termignoni exhaust. All these additions and changes have reduced the overall weight by almost 6kgs and that means better power-to-weight ratio. 

The mechanicals

The Pikes Peak edition gets the exact same 1261cc Testastretta DVT  158bhp 130Nm engine as the 1260S. It develops the exact same output as the standard touring model. The Desmodronic Valve Timing system has been revised, just like the exhaust and the intake. The Pikes Peak also benefits from a new ride-by-wire system to improve the fuelling.

The major change here is in the suspension setup. The Sachs with Ducati Skyhook Suspension system (DSS) is out and Ohlins are in. But these premium forks can be adjustable mechanically only. For the rear, there’s a remote function to make things less complicated for the rider. The brakes have been upgraded to Brembo monobloc M50s to bring in the best braking for this fast tourer. 

Just like the 1260S, the Pikes Peak also gets gets Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and cornering ABS that takes data from the inertial platform (IMU). It also gets Ducati Quick Shift System (DQS), various riding modes and vehicle hill control. The full-LED headlamps is a standard feature on the 1260S. The new colour TFT instrument cluster too is alluring.

The ride

The Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak is one lively and exciting motorcycle. It can get really fast in the blink of an eye. The most impressive aspect of this machine is its ability to stay calm when needed, thanks to the tractable motor. But there’s very little motivation to do this and that’s reasonable. Because the serious acceleration and the surge in grunt makes the experience an addictive affair. The bike zips up beyond illegal speed limits in no time and can comfortably stay there for long, if your heart lets you do that. But the shorter windscreen doesn’t take care of the wind that blasts your way. Plus, the blacked-out carbon fibre windscreen hampers vision considerably. 

In the corners, the bike is willing to give in more. The credit also goes to the Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres. These are really good and sticky tyres. The Ohlins setup is nice and plush. It eats up the bumps and potholes, even the big ones without any drama. As expected, the Brembo M50s performed really well. The bite and feel are just right for this 229kg bike. 

To sum it up, the 1260 Pikes Peak has an explosive engine, precise handling, excellent brakes and comfortable suspension. This sounds like a complete package right? Well, it does, but the pricing makes it unreachable for most people. But it’s a Pikes Peak. So it is not for everyone. It’s only for those who wants to stand out, and be admired and looked upon. 

Pricing

A whopping Rs 24.50 lakhs (on-road Mumbai) is how much you have to shell out for this bike. That is at least Rs 2 lakhs more than the 1260S and Rs 4.5 lakhs more than the standard base model. 

Photography by Asif Zubairi & Prabal Deep

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 153.5 bhp @ 9,500 rpm

    Max Torque 129.5 Nm @ 7,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,262 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 106 mm

    Stroke 71.5 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 13:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs 2 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate Clutch

    Fuel Delivery System 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 --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    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 Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 R17

    Rear Tyre Size 190/55 R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 265 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4 Piston, Rear-2 Piston Calliper

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size --

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension 48 mm Fully Adjustable USD Forks

    Rear Suspension Fully Adjustable Sachs Monoshock Unit

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 232 kg

    Overall Length --

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,585 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 825 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type Tubular Steel Trellis Frame

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Features

Odometer Digital

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 System--

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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