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2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 First Ride Preview

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Hey all, as you read this I’m flying with the stars (twinkle, twinkle) to Lanzarote, the easternmost landmass in the Canary Island chain. I’m traveling there to have a ride on the totally revamped 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200. The Multistrada is Ducati’s motorcycling Swiss Army Knife. It’s similar in design to the classes de facto standard—BMW’s R1200GS. Up until this year however, the Multistrada lacked the outright versatility of the Beemer. That apparently changes with the introduction of the ’10 machine.
 
Ducati touts its newest creation as being essentially four motorcycles for the price of one. Based on our experience with its audacious 1198 Superbike derived 1199cc liquid-cooled L-Twin engine, we know that it’s definitely going to have plenty of sport. Given its tall adjustable windscreen, relaxed ergonomics, optional baggage, 5.3-gallon fuel tank, and active suspension we know it’s going to be a killer touring machine. And considering the narrow configuration of its engine, upright seating position, protective bodywork, key-less proximity sensor ignition, and optional anti-lock braking system it’s also going to be perfect for use within the concrete jungle.

For the first-time ever, Ducati claims the new Multi is designed to have an enduro aspect built into it allowing riders to keep on shredding after the pavement ends. To do this Ducati outfitted it with longer travel suspension, Pirelli Scorpion enduro-style tires, and some engine protection in the form of an aluminum skid plate.

In addition to all these versatile features the new Multi will incorporate multiple new technologies that we’ve never seen on a production Ducati. Some of which include a new fully electronic ride-by-wire throttle control system with 3-way engine power adjustment, 12v power socket, and increased 15,000 mile major service intervals.

I’ll be posting an exclusive push it to the limit-style review towards the end of the week. Until then, take a look at our 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 First Look for more information about Italy’s latest two-wheeled creation. Then take a look at the short video below assembled by the kind folks at Ducati. Lastly, if you have any specific questions in regards to riding this bike make sure to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to give it a mention in my essay.

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Comments
Mike -Worth the Upgrade? February 28, 2010 10:33 PM
I currently own a 2008 Multistrada 1100S, which I love. I swore when I heard they were coming out with a new model that I wouldn't even look at it because there could be no convincing me it would be worth trading in my current bike (and no doubt paying a significant premium) to get one.

Then I saw the pics and read about all the new features.

So please tell me, is it worth the upgrade from the current (previous) model?
Brendan -About to be owner February 28, 2010 12:07 PM
Hi Adam, I put a deposit down 3 weeks ago. I normally don't go for the first rev of anything but this had so many features it was hard to pass it up. I've been a Kawaski rider for the last 30 years. 1) The questions I have relate to customization of the settings, suspension in particular. For example, how does it account for different weight riders? Surely that would affect pre-load at least. How easy it to change and recall other settings? 2) I'm very interested in your opinion on what they'd need to address in their version 2 of this bike. Hopefully nothing major that will de-value mine horribly. 3) I haven't seen anywhere how you can do wheelies with DTC comparing speed of front and rear wheels - do you know how that works? I mean, surely it can can do wheelies, yes? Looking forward to your review.
Jack -Hooligan Factor February 28, 2010 10:58 AM
Hey Adam, I know I can count on you to comment on the hooligan appeal, if any, of the new Multi-Duc. I'm riding a B King now and am looking for something designed as more of a sport tourer, but I don't want to be bored to death either. With the Honda 1200f, the new '10 Concours, and the Beemer K1300, sport touring is getting interesting.
Gregory Bulger -2010 Ducati Multistrada Review February 28, 2010 08:15 AM
Greetings Adam, In a few months we will be relocating back to Perth Australia and the Ducati Multi is on my "A" list of bikes. What would interest me in your review is the overall riding and handling character at slower urban and city speeds plus of course the higher cruising speeds. Don't know if you plan on adding a rider or other accessories like side luggage but if you do your comments on handling with the additional weight would be good as well. "Cheers"