Have the various changes and additions made the bike any different? The answer is YES! The 1260S is a lot smoother. The level of refinement is really good. In fact, this tourer is easily one of the most refined Ducatis. There are miniscule vibes but at the higher-end of the revs. The low-down torque and the linear power delivery makes the 1260S a friendly bike to lug around in the city limits. The mid-range is really strong, and never ending. This makes last minute overtakes a stress-free affair. The throttle response is smooth and crisp, especially when you’re riding hard. At low revs, there’s a bit of jerkiness but that doesn’t bother much.
The quick-shifter works flawlessly, especially when the throttle is full open. The riding experience on this Multistrada depends on the riding mode one selects. There are four to be precise – Sport, Touring, Enduro and Urban. While the first two gears give out full 158bhp with different throttle response and engine character, the last two limit the power to 100bhp. Depending on the selection, the suspension setup is also adjusted.
The Multistrada 1260S is also quite composed on the corners. The steering feels light and quick. There’s hardly any sluggishness there. Just point the motorcycle in the direction you want to go and the Multistrada will get you there safely. If you’re in the Sport mode, you will reach the spot with an increased heart rate, thanks to the adrenaline-filled experience. The Brembo M4.32 brakes work efficiently and have enough feedback on the levers. Ducati should have equipped the bike with electronically adjusted windscreen, as the bike commands a hefty price tag. The main stand is also sold as an accessory which is a bit surprising to say the least.