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2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 First Look

Monday, November 9, 2009
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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chopperflop -1200multi  December 19, 2009 11:51 PM
I hated the former Multistrada. I felt like I was eating my elbows, being 6-foot three.

I ride a KTM 950 ADV and a modded Duc ST4s.

I sat on the Multi 1200 at the Seattle MC show. It feels like a real motorcycle, sized well, and with a decent motor. I will purchase one to replace my ST4S.

Off-road? I have to laugh. This is a street bike...make no mistake.
Gurney -hmm...screams road bike to me, what's all the pistol whippin about not being off-road capable?  November 11, 2009 10:00 PM
I'm not the most educated fellow with regards to motordom but something about this multistrada tells me that much like others that come to mind it's not much intended for dirt and other "un-engineered" road surfaces much. I look at those wheels and tires and it screamed to me "road", not "off-road". Admittedly this category isnt where I'm that knowledgable but it to me is what Triumph decided for the 'new' Tiger as opposed to the mission of the prior generation, simply the wrong wheels and tires for the sand and boulders IMO. Even the tune of the engine (streetfighter??) doesnt strike me as ideal for the tedium, technique and tasks suited for plowing thru the mire..
Nick -Look Colbie is laughing!  November 11, 2009 09:11 PM
Hey.. u don't even know what they teach in 5th grade... all you can say is "LOL", what a looooser. Have you ever ridden a bike? I'm curious!
George -DesmoDemon speak truth  November 11, 2009 08:28 PM
Listen pale faces.
DesmoDemon -Ducati Multistrada 1200  November 11, 2009 11:58 AM
A lot of you people talk dirt abilities about certain bikes and it's very obvious most of you don't have a clue!!!! The Buell was very poor off road! It did not handle anything more than a graded logging road. With it's wheel size, terrible off road suspention, and pipes exiting under the frame, this would not work in rough conditions. The BMW-GS is pretty good bike for a lot of conditions. The 800-GS is fair but should be a lot lighter. The V-Strom is a great buy, but not intended for rough country, it's suspention really let's it down.I think the Ducati will only do gravel logging roads too, but with those beautiful wheels and bright painted body panels, no one will want it rock chipped all over. Don't blaim them. It will be a great road bike, with very light weight, lots of power and torgue, and will handle very well. Can't get use to that front snout though! Now for the hard truth for you all! If you are after a real dual sport motorcycle thats good on the road, but absolutely rocks in rocky rough conditions, gullies, hillclimbs, sand washes and some single track trails the KTM Super Enduro 950 will eat every dual sport with ease!!! How do I know? I ride one almost every day and it eats the others for a snack. My friend has a GS-800 and the KTM blows it away. It,s not even close! This bike is designed as a dirtbike on steriods, that's street legal.ROCK and ROLL!!!!!
Errando -More informations about Multistrada  November 11, 2009 11:25 AM
Full of tech spec and a nice video on the bike concept. They fix all limit of the old multistrada, finally is a confortable bike with 4 different profiles at your fingertip http://www.multistrada.ducati.com/jspmulti/index.jsp?lang=en
Hutchy -Big Bikes Off Road  November 11, 2009 10:26 AM
Here yeee- hear-yeee. This is the voice of reason, the reverberation of consideration and the guy who feels your pain. First of all the question we all want to know is whether or not this can be a GS killer. I know that Ducati intends it to be. So, how will they go about accomplishing it with the machine we have before us here? Start with the engine. This has a 1198 superbike motor so it should have the air-cooled opposed twin covered in terms of outright performance on the street.

The question in my mind is how will that engine do in the dirt? I have ridden the GS, Multistrada, Ulysses, V-Strom, Adventures and so on over quite a few places none of them should go. The saving grace for the GS has always been its low-end grunt. It can tackle loose dirt, rocks and stuff without burning out and getting too squirrely for a big-ass bike. Hill climbs, deep sandy roads never really caused the GS issues. It also doesnt really require much clutch work to get over obsrtacles or get moving from a stop either. It will be interesting to see how the superbike engine does in this arena.

Size: The GS is a horse. If it falls over on you it could be your demise. Will the Ductai be lighter? I hope so but we will have to wait and see.

Wheels: I think the Ducati will be hindered by teh 17-inchers. I know we rode the old Multistrada and Ulysses off road with 17s and 90% of the time it was fine. But the deep, loose gravel and what-not were handled best by the big front wheel on the GS tracked better. On hard pack dirt (Where I envision these bikes being ridden more than rugged dirt terrain) thats where the 17s rocked. It was pure dirt tracking nirvana on the old Multi and Buell. The GS didnt stand a chance.

Long raneg comfort. In teh end the objective is that in case you come across dirt roads during your adventure touring ride, this bike, like the GS, should in theory be able to go through it. So the critical question we need to know is how does it treat the rider over the long haul. The GS simply provides one of the best rides out there. Plus, you know its damn near unstaoppable when facing anything this side of a single track trail or a 100-foot widowmaker hill climb. I want to know how the new Multistrada handles the extended rides. I venture to guess it will be great - but you never know. What if the engine pours heat all over the rider? What if it gets terrible gas mileage? What if the bike gets hot during slow-going? These are the big questions...
Colbie -Nick  November 11, 2009 10:21 AM
Nick, look at your last post it looks like a chimp typed it. “Who really care abt ur opinion” Nick you should have at least finished the 5th grade…LOL!!!
billy -shootout  November 11, 2009 12:30 AM
why don't make a shootout for these kinds of bikes. let's say, multistrada, GS, tiger, ....
Nick -Colbie and Will Parker's empty panties!  November 10, 2009 09:24 PM
Who really care abt ur opinion.. neither me nor Ducati. Its good to have such forums where chimps like u can shout! keep goin..
keith p -ugh!  November 10, 2009 07:28 PM
even uglier than my tuono
julian -master piece  November 10, 2009 07:06 PM
Im so in love with the features and looks of this bike ,,those who said its ugly are crazy or simply cant afford this beauty beast ,,, to them keep dreaming with the 9 k susuki vstrom
I will buy it no matter what to be the couple of my R 1200 gs.
al -Multi1200  November 10, 2009 03:07 PM
I sold my original Multistrada a few years ago. Still miss the thing. I am going to have to test drive this bad boy to see if this is the one. Not sure it would beat a BMW 1200GS, not even in price. But the original Multi was ugle to everyone who saw it, then once you rode it, you could not stop smiling. I loved it..

will parker -Terblanche is gone, dude..  November 10, 2009 02:51 PM
can't blame him for this, he is gone..i kinda like it...wouldn't pay 18k for it, however..
Tim B -What The...  November 10, 2009 01:34 PM
Wow the Multistrada got even uglier! I didn't think that was possible. And now it looks as much Japanese as it does Italian. How can Ducati produce something as sexy as the 1198 and then come out with a vomit patch looking like this? My guess is Pierre Terblanche! Ducati needs to ax this guy!
andy -well...I like it  November 10, 2009 01:17 PM
IT`s a little bit too much "styling" but as a matter of fact I would like a bike like this from Honda as a 750 Africa Twin revival...but that won`t happen any time soon.
George -It should be a fun bike  November 10, 2009 10:44 AM
But I dunno. I think a 1200cc air cooled engine would suit the Multi better. One thing is certain, this engine needs a fairing hiding it. Not good to look at. Should start making the ST bikes again and stick this engine in the ST3/4.
Colbie -Nick  November 10, 2009 10:35 AM
If you don’t like our opinions then don’t read them, or better yet don’t let our opinions get your panties all bunched up.
Nick -It's a Multistrada  November 10, 2009 09:13 AM
Some bunch of idiots visit a bike website, quickly read about a new bike & let their half baked brains out to rest of us!! "yea take this 150 hp thingy on the dirt, see how that works out for ya.." If Mr. Parker would have learnt a little bit more about this bike than he would know that in "enduro" mode the engine pulls down the power to 100hp, changes the suspension, ABS and traction control settings.. and those who think this can't do off-roading then pls don't buy it.. u won't b able to understand a Multistrada anyway!
cliff -hideous  November 10, 2009 06:41 AM
really seems like the perfect bike, if only I could be seen riding it
Leslie Warren -Multistrada 1200  November 10, 2009 01:49 AM
I had one of the first 1098S in the UK, I now have a KTM990Adventure as I ride in Eastern Europe on poor quality roads - this looks like a perfect mix of Italian style, class, performance and handling combined with a level of usability and durability to handle the more hostile environments found in the far-reaches of Europe.

I'm going to get a red 1200S Sport so if anyove fancies a black 990 Adv with ABS, 07 model, 17,000km with a full service history, get in touch via warren@heliosproperties.com.

Thanks and regards,
Dan -Off Road  November 9, 2009 06:07 PM
If you recall, the buell Uly has a 17" front and it pulls some off road duty!
Eric -Sweet...  November 9, 2009 05:02 PM
I had a Multistrada 1100 and loved it - this looks absolutely fantastic. I must have one.
will parker -select ride modes..  November 9, 2009 03:20 PM
oh my bad, its got selectable power modes...good thing, wouldn't want to try 150 hp in the dirt!
will parker - ride this off road?!  November 9, 2009 03:17 PM
yea take this 150 hp thingy on the dirt, see how that works out for ya....
mark -Not ADV, that's for sure...  November 9, 2009 02:44 PM
This is an upright sport-touring bike, not an adventure tourer. If they had any intention at all of this being anything but a pavement-only bike, they wouldn't have spec'd a 17" front wheel and a 180-section rear, for which no dual-sport tires are available. And what's up with that weird nasal proboscis front end? Looks like a giant mosquito about to suck some blood.
nathan -Ugly!  November 9, 2009 02:04 PM
Man o' man, I thought that Ducati had fully recovered from it's case of the uglies. I thought they learned an from the Multistrada/999 debacle, but I guess not, this monstrosity is uglier than either on of them!
Sachin -Multi-Fun!!  November 9, 2009 01:37 PM
This should be extremely fun to ride. Looking forward to it.