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2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 First Ride Photo Gallery

Motorcycle-USA test one of the hottest new street bikes of '10. See what it is like in our 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 First Ride.

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The cockpit of the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 with optional Garmin GPS.
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The ’10 Ducati Multistrada 1200 exhaust is mounted beneath the engine.
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An electronically operated servo motor mounted underneath the rider’s seat adjusts spring preload, compression, and rebound damping with the S models Ohlins shock absorber.
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The new Multistrada gets a reworked version of Ducati’s 1199cc L-Twin World Superbike racing engine.
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Ram air ducts direct air into both the oil cooler and the airbox.
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The words Ducati and comfort aren’t typically associated together. That all changes with the new Multistrada 1200.
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A cast aluminum single-sided swingarm extends wheelbase to just over 60 inches, which is 2.5 inches longer than the bike it replaces.
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The Multistrada 1200 gets Ducati’s new slim-line switch gear just like the Streetfighter. The motorcycle is now turned on and off with this switch.
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The Multistrada 1200 uses the same brakes as the 848 Superbike. Additionally a Bosch/Brembo ABS system comes with the S model and is available as an option on the standard machine.
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The Multistrada 1200 is available in Red or Arctic White while the Multistrada 1200S is available in Red, Arctic White and Diamond Black.
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The ’10 Multistrada offers a small storage pocket beneath the passenger seat.
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The wide, tall position of the handlebar gives considerable leverage when turning the motorcycle.
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You’d be hard pressed to find a better universal two-wheeled companion than Ducati’s Multistrada 1200.
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The difference in ride compliance and handling between each of the 16 available suspension settings is quite noticeable.
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DTC will be especially appreciated by riders who don’t have much experience riding off-road.
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In addition to DES, The S model’s Touring package comes with side luggage, a center stand, and heated grips. Price is $19,995.
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Technical partner, Pirelli specifically engineered its Scorpion Trail tire for the new Multistrada. The tire features dual compound zones for improved grip during cornering and longer tire life when riding straight.
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Despite a longer wheelbase, the new Multi is still quick on its feet. Cranking up the spring preload setting on the shock absorber exacerbates this trait.
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From sport to touring and even off-road, the ergonomics package is well balanced.
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Ducati has done a fantastic job bring together the best attributes of a sportbike, touring machine, commuter, and light off-roader with its’10 Multistrada 1200.
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Pictured above is one of many accessories for the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200: $2,399 Termignoni racing exhaust with titanium muffler (Ducati Part No. 96459510B).
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Make no mistake about it, 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 is capable of being 100% sport.
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With the addition of its effective ABS and DTC the ’10 Multistrada has far more off-road prowess than before.
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This electronic key activates the Multistrada 1200 with a radius of 6.5 feet. The flip key is used for opening the fuel cap, removing the rear passenger seat and opening the optional hard luggage.
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The aluminum handlebar features a wide and high bend and gives the rider a commanding riding position.
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An all fully digital display provides a plethora of information