About Multistrada 1260
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 will be based on the engine in the XDiavel. Initially the road-biased versions will be Multi 1260s, meaning the Multistrada 1260, Multistrada 1260 and Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak will have the new engine. The Multistrada 1200 and 1200 Enduro Pro, the off-road Multis, remain powered by the old engine for now.
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 will get an LCD screen for information but the rest of the range will get a TFT colour display. The Pikes Peak edition will get 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.