2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 First Look

November 9, 2009
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Side view of the all-new Multistrada 1200. Ducati says it packs Superbike performance in a machine that can eat up fire roads.
2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S. Totally new from the ground up, the ‘S’ model features saddle bags and upgraded suspension.

Ducati has finally officially broken cover on its long-awaited adventure tourer, the 2010 Multistrada 1200. While hard technical details will not be unveiled until this Wednesday at the Milan show, we’ve received a host of images and a very limited press release from the Italian manufacturer today as the big event kicks off.

According to the release, this new motorcycle is Ducati’s crown jewel and they are already claiming big things from it.

“The undeniable star is the eagerly awaited Ducati Multistrada 1200, already in the running to take the prize for best bike in show,” it stated in Ducati’s release issued today. Ducati’s aim was to stay faithful to the original Multistrada, designing the latest version to combine “sport bike technology with comfort and versatility, Ducati now extends the concept further with a brand new Multistrada 1200 designed to satisfy the demands of all motorcyclists. Ducati have designed a motorcycle to tackle all kinds of journey and road surface using technology derived from the Bologna made race bikes in MotoGP and World Superbike.”

Black appears to be the third color offered from the Italians.
Here’s a look at the back of the base model Multistrada 1200. Note the low-mount dual-ext exhaust. A nice styling touch.

So MotoGP technology meets everything from the racetrack to streets to off-road? If said is true, one may just have the ultimate all-around motorcycle. Big claims, but no doubt Ducati has the ability to back them up.

Continued the brief release: “A bike with no limits, that can transform itself to suit the rider’s demands, from a supersport to a tourer for long journeys with a passenger and luggage, to an everyday bike which can breeze through the daily commute and also tackle off-road routes with the agility of an enduro; in other words, four bikes in one!”

Last month our pals at MCN released spy photos of the Multistrada 1200 being abused at a MX track in Europe. In light of the evidence we have to assume Ducati intends this bike to work well on all types of terrain. Remember that the original Multistrada was never intended to go off road and people complained about that aspect. Hopefully, this bike won’t be afraid to get a little dirty.

Though technical details aren’t yet released, taking a look at the photos reveals without question Ducati’s liquid-cooled L-Twin engine, which we would pressure is from the current 1198 Superbike, as it is called the Multistrada 1200. For an adventure touring machine this engine should pack one hell of a kick. It is housed by their trademark trellis frame and single-sided swingarm. Though it looks as if the trellis frame is a new hybrid-type version, featuring cast aluminum sections around the frame mated to the upper trellis section. 

Heres a look at the front of the new Multistrada 1200 Ducati.
Don’t worry my purist friends as traditional Ducati Red is sure to be one of the available colors. A look at the front show the thin profile and hand brush guard with integrated blinkers. More details to follow…

Suspension appears to be of Superbike-spec front and back, though featuring lengthened travel for mild off-road use. Brakes also appear of the Superbike class and are Brembo monobloc up front on all models.

Styling is all-new as well, with side shrouds taking cues from their sportbike line, but with a very useable and high windscreen up front, plus hand brush guards that feature built-in blinkers. Available colors look to be traditional Ducati Red, as well as white and black. It also appears from the photo designations that an S-model with side-bags and upgraded suspension is available, while an ABS-equipped version will be an option, something that is new for Ducati.

As for more, full technical details on all models will be released Wednesday, so stay tuned…

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