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2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Shootout Photo Gallery

Ducati takes on the adventure bike market with an all-new Multistrada 1200. Read the full story in the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Adventure Shootout article.

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If the road ahead is twisty, paved and resembles a two-lane Italian highway in any way… well, there you have it.
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It roars like a caged animal, slides predictably in the dirt and scrubs speed like an anchor.
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In the soft afternoon light, the MTS draws stares unlike any other.
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The adjustable windscreen does a good job compared to the buffeting Triumph, but even fully extended it puts too much pressure on the rider’s shoulders.
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The new MTS 1200 is far superior to the previous model and when the Italian engineers and design team put their heads together for the 2010 model, the result has been amazing.
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2010 Adventure Touring Shootout Horsepower Chart
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Riders noted that they felt like they sat directly in the middle of the chassis, making it easy to balance front and rear behavior.
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We're not entirely sold on the engine design when it comes to off-road durability.
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2010 Adventure Touring Shootout Torque Chart
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The wimpy timing belt vent guard really had us concerned when crossing water and riding in dust.
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Long-distance touring and off-road performance still go to the BMW, but Ducati is rapidly making up ground and notches a victory on the scorecard.
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The Ducati prefers the street, but it could probably fight for the win at a sport-touring shootout.
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Yes, that really happened. And, no, we don't recommend it.
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The new MTS 1200 is light years ahead of the previous generation Multistrada.
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Our most experienced street rider preferred the rigid and aggressive on-road performance from the steel trellis frame and Ohlins suspension components.
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A stepped seat creates a wasp-like stinger and a skinny waist that draws the eye to an exposed trellis frame and brutish, blacked-out engine. It’s the type of bike you look at and say, “I want one.”
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Tossing the MTS through twisty pavement is the most thrilling sensation that can be had with this
group of Adventure Touring bikes.
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Brake sliding and backing in to set up corners, powersliding out, the Ducati actually loves to play flat tracker.