2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro First Look

Byron Wilson | November 16, 2015

Ducati hit nearly every segment with a new model during its 2016 product reveal ahead of this year’s EICMA show. An entry-level Scrambler Sixty2 for the standard, street rider; the XDiavel for the power cruiser aficionado; a Panigale 959 for the sport rider and an updated Hypermotard line for the hooligan set. The Bologna brand also looks to entice adventurers with its latest Multistrada, the 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro.

The 2016 Multistrada line now includes the standard 1200 version, the Multistrada 1200 S, the Multistrada 1200 S D-Air, a Pikes Peak edition and the Enduro model. Each comes with the Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) EURO 4-approved 1198cc L-Twin engine, with a 106mm x 67.9mm bore and stroke and 12.5:1 compression ratio. Power output across the board is claimed at 160 horsepower at 9500 rpm and 100.3 lb-ft torque at 7500 rpm.

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

All models in the line also come with a Bosch EFI system, elliptical throttle bodies with a diameter equivalent to 56mm and Ride-by-Wire. Six-speed transmissions are found on the five Multistradas, with a light action, wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch. The Enduro does have a slightly shorter first gear than the other models in the line-up to help improve performance in slower, more technical conditions. It’s final drive combination of a 15-tooth front sprocket and 43-tooth rear is unique to the Enduro, too. The use of a tubular steel trellis frame is common to all models.

It doesn’t take long to notice the differences Ducati has employed in order to grab a share of, what it’s calling, the “maxi-enduro tourers” market. The Enduro version comes with tubeless, spoked, aluminum wheels, 19 inches in the front and 17 inches out back, making it the only Multistrada in the line to not feature a 17 inch front and rear configuration. The handlebars have been set higher than other models and the seat is narrower in the area over the footpegs to help improve off-road handling. The rear brake lever can be height adjusted and the gear shift lever has a coupling to help prevent breaking in the event of a tip-over. There’s also an aluminum sump guard bolted directly to the frame. Ducati has extended the beak slightly at the front and the mudguard has been redesigned and repositioned to optimize protection from debris.

In the suspension department, the Enduro shares components and electronics with the S model Multistradas. A Sachs 48mm fully adjustable USD fork out front and fully adjustable Sachs unit at the rear soak up the rough stuff, but are given a high-tech bump thanks to the inclusion of electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment thanks to the Ducati Skyhook Suspension system. The backend is particular to the Enduro also, as Ducati has employed the use of a shell-cast aluminum double-sided swingarm that is longer than the single-sided units found on other Multistrada models. Travel is more generous on the Enduro model as well, with 7.9 inches available both front and back.

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

The new swingarm extends the Enduro’s wheelbase by more than one inch over its siblings in the line, up to 61.3 inches. Rake is 25°and trail is 4.3 inches while the non-adjustable seat height measures 34.3 inches. There is an optional seat that can be adjusted, with a range of 35 inches at its highest and 33.5 at its lowest. The Enduro rolls on Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires. It’s also got the largest fuel capacity of the line, offering a notable 7.9 gallons.

Looking beyond the mechanics of the machine, the 2016 Multistrada 1200 Enduro is a veritable computer on wheels. There’s a new Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit which contributes to the different feel in each of the four available Riding Modes. Each of the modes (Enduro, Touring, Sport and Urban) configure suspension settings through the Skyhook system and optimize Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Traction Control and Cornering ABS settings. All the settings can be adjusted to suit the rider’s preference as well. There are eight Traction Control and Wheelie Control settings while the Bosch Cornering ABS system has three levels and options to choose between – just the front wheel engaged, both wheels engaged or disabling the system all together.

Taking a particular look at the Enduro riding mode, the default setting limits the new Multistrada to 100 horsepower and the Skyhook suspension system is altered to handle rough and/or worsening terrain. Traction Control seeks to optimize grip while wheelie control is disengaged. ABS is set to Level 1 and rear wheel lift detection is deactivated as well as the cornering and ABS function at the rear wheel to allow the rider to lock the back if so desired.

In addition to calibrating braking performance at lean angles in the other three riding modes, the ABS system is also paired to a Vehicle Hold Control system. When activated, the VHC holds the motorcycle steady by applying rear brake pressure to make starts on uphill terrain easier.

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

The Multistrada Enduro comes with a five-inch TFT display which provides the rider with a host of information, from speed, rpm, gear indicator and mileage to Rider Mode information, air temperature, fuel consumption and more. The Enduro model also features a full LED headlight and Ducati Cornering Lights, which activate in corners to better illuminate the road surface ahead.

For riders looking to refine the Multistrada Enduro further, Ducati offers four personalization packages. The Touring Pack comes with heated grips, Ducati Performance aluminum panniers by Touratech and a handlebar bag. The Sport Pack has a Termignoni exhaust, black billet aluminum water pump cover, billet aluminum front brake fluid and clutch fluid reservoir plugs. The Urban Pack features an aluminum top case and comes with a tank bag and tank lock along with a USB hub to charge electronic devices. Finally, the Enduro Pack has supplementary LED lights, Ducati Performance components by Touratech, engine protection bars, radiator protection, a sprocket cover and rear brake guard.

Colorways include a Ducati red with Racing Grey frame and black wheel rims option; a Phantom Grey with Racing Grey frame and black wheel rims version and a Star White Silk with Racing Grey Frame and black wheel rims.

Pricing and availability are currently unavailable.

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Specs
Engine: 1198cc Ducati Testastretta DVT with Desmodromic Variable Timing, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Dual Spark, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke: 106mm x 67.9mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Fueling: Bosch electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire, equivalent diameter 56mm
Exhaust: Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and two lambda proves, single stainless steel muffler
Transmission: Six-speed, straight cut gears
Clutch: Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
Final Drive: Chain, 15-tooth front sprocket, 43-took rear sprocket
Frame: Tubular steel trellis
Front Suspension: Sachs 48mm USD fork, fully adjustable. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring preload adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension. Aluminum double-sided swingarm.
Front Brake: Dual 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo four-piston monobloc calipers with cornering ABS
Rear Brake: 265mm disc, two-piston floating caliper with cornering ABS
Front Wheel: Tubeless spoked wheel in light alloy, 3 x 19 inches
Rear Wheel. Tubless spoked wheel in light alloy, 4.50 x 17 inches
Front Tire: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II, 120/70 R19 (Optional Pirelli Scorpion Rally)
Rear Tire: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II, 170/60 R17 (Optional Pirelli Scorpion Rally)
Seat Height: 34.3 inches
Wheelbase: 61.3 inches
Fuel Capacity: 7.9 gallons
Rake: 25°
Trail: 4.3 inches
Weight: 560 pounds
Warranty: Two Years Unlimited Mileage
Ducati Electronics: Vehicle hold control, Riding Modes, Power Modes, RbW, Ducati Safety Pack (cornering ABS + DTC), Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo, Ducati Wheelie Control, Cruise control, Hands-Free, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), TFT colour dashboard, Full Led headlamp with Ducati cornering lights
MSRP: TBD

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