The Ultimate desmo power
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 rental pricesPrice as to days (1 to 14 and beyond) - 250 kms a day included, taxes included - additional kms + 0.30 - prices in Euro
The four-bikes-in-one concept is achieved by selecting, even while riding, from a choice of four pre-et modes programmed to instantly change the engine character and chassis set-up of the Multistrada 1200. It gives you a choice of power modes ranging from a blistering 150bhp for adrenalin junkies, to a subdued 100bhp for steady commuters. Switchable power maps regulated with ride by wire technology is nothing new, but all four modes have their own levels of traction control (DTC) as on Ducati’s S-model superbikes and streetfighter. The suspension is fully adjustable with a Sachs monoshock for the rear and Marzocchi USD forks up front; and optional ABS. The four modes are made possible by combining a number of class-leading technologies. An electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system administers different mappings to regulate power delivery by interpreting the rider’s throttle input, while the world-beating Ducati Traction Control system (DTC) uses eight levels of system interaction to enhance control by reducing wheel-spin. For the ‘S’ version, Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), by Öhlins, instantly configures the suspension set-up with electronic adjustment. At the touch of a button, four different motorcycles to suit the specific needs of the rider and not the other way around.
Sport The Sport riding mode provides the rider with an adrenalin-fuelled 150hp ride with a sport-oriented throttle response and, on the ‘S’ version, an instant high performance suspension set-up. In character with its Superbike bloodline, the sport mode also changes the DTC system intervention to level 4 for expert riders whose ‘comfort zone’ is a little closer to the limit.
Touring The Touring riding mode is also programmed to produce 150hp, however, the power characteristics are designed in a touring configuration with a smoother, more user-friendly delivery. Active safety is enhanced by increasing DTC system intervention to level 5, specifically intended for an enjoyable and relaxing ride and, on the ‘S’ version, the suspension automatically dials-in a set-up ideal for long distance touring, ensuring maximum comfort for both the rider and passenger.
Urban, As navigation of the urban jungle can require an even more user-friendly motorcycle, the Urban riding mode instantly transforms the Multistrada 1200 into the most manageable, everyday transport. Power output is reduced to 100hp, and the suspension, on the ‘S’ version, to a setting perfect for tackling the maze of city streets full of speed bumps and drain covers. DTC is further enhanced to level 6 to provide high system intervention during the most chaotic of stop-start traffic.
Enduro Should the journey aboard the Multistrada 1200 leave the beaten track, it has the capability to take off-road routes in its stride. Agile and lightweight and with high, wide handlebars, serrated footrests and specially designed tyres, the Multistrada also features an Enduro riding mode which instantly produces a smooth 100hp engine, immediately dials-in an appropriate suspension setting on the ‘S’ version and reduces the DTC system to level 2 for minimal intervention.
Ride-by-Wire The Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system is an electronic interface between the twistgrip and the engine which decides the ideal power response depending on the riding mode selected and according to the rider’s throttle input. The twistgrip no longer has a throttle cable connected directly to the throttle body butterflies, but instead delivers a signal to a control unit, which in turn operates the butterfly opening. The RbW system uses three different mappings to regulate the power delivery. The three maps offer 150hp with a sports-type delivery, 150hp with a progressive delivery suitable for touring and 100hp with progressive delivery for city or off-road use. Ducati Traction Control The racing-derived Ducati Traction Control (DTC) is a highly intelligent system which acts as a filter between the rider’s right hand and the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and then control rear wheel-spin, considerably increasing the bike’s active safety and performance. The system offers eight ‘levels of sensitivity’, each programmed with a level of rear wheel-spin tolerance in line with progressive levels of riding skills classified from one to eight. Level one is programmed to offer the least amount of interaction while level eight uses the most amount of interaction. DTC is an integral part of the pre-programmed riding modes on the Multistrada 1200. The system uses front and rear wheel sensors to compare speed differential and sense when rear traction is being broken (wheel-spin). DTC then decides the best combination of two different types of instant electronic adjustment, calculated with data supplied from multiple sources. The first 'soft' stage of system interaction is executed by high speed software that makes instant electronic adjustment to the ignition timing, administering varying amounts of ignition retardation to reduce the engine's torque. Hands-free ignition The Multistrada 1200 ignition is not actuated with a normal key. Instead, an electronic key in the rider’s pocket communicates with the Multistrada when within a distance of approximately 2 metres (6.5ft), recognising the dedicated key code and automatically enabling the bike’s systems. Pressing the key-on switch then activates all systems to ‘on’ and the engine is ready to be started. The electronic key, which internally consists of a radio circuit, externally doubles as a mechanical flip-key, required to open the seat and fuel tank cap. When parking the motorcycle an electronic locking device can be actuated on the steering simply by applying full steering-lock and pressing the ignition-off button a second time. Instrumentation The instrumentation has a large, high visibility LCD showing all main data and a dot-matrix circular LCD which displays the riding modes, additional data or set-up menus depending on whether the bike is stationary or moving. The main LCD displays data for speed, rpm, gear, total mileage, trip1/trip2, engine coolant temperature, fuel level and time. When the motorcycle is in motion, the dot-matrix LCD displays the selected riding mode, remaining fuel/distance, current fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, average speed, air temperature, trip time, and ‘freezing conditions’ alarm. When stationary, it enters a setting menu from where adjustments to the various functions can be made including personalised DTC set-up and, on the ‘S’ version, suspension settings. The Sport, Touring, Urban or Enduro riding modes can be changed while either stationary or in motion, as well as load settings for ‘rider only’, ‘rider with luggage’, ‘rider and passenger’ or‘rider and passenger with luggage’.
The Multistrada 1200’s screen is designed with 60mm of vertical adjustment to ensure efficient wind protection for all rider heights and effortless high-speed riding over long distances. The fuel tank has been developed using a new moulding technology which enables a favourable balance between capacity and weight. Subject to riding style, the 20 litre (5.3 US gal) capacity can provide up to 400km (250 mile) of motorcycle pleasure between fuel stops by returning approximately 47mpg (US) at a constant 120km/h (75mph). Two 12v power outlets situated on either side of the area below the rider’s seat can be used to power up to 8A (fused) accessories such as thermal apparel, intercoms or mobile phone chargers. The Touring edition of the Multistrada 1200 S adds even more comfort and convenience. Easily controlled heated grips are ideal for journeys where adverse weather conditions threaten rider comfort, while stylish side luggage offers a load capacity of 57 litres and a fast and secure attachment system that blends perfectly when removed. In addition, a centre stand provides parking confidence when fully loaded and essential security in the event of tyre maintenance during long journeys. Character For Ducati, design is not just creating an attractive look. It is about knowing how best to combine exciting appearance with intelligent function and outstanding performance. Even the Multistrada 1200’s exhaust tail pipes are a feature that perfectly demonstrates this concept. Their innovative design is well integrated with the motorcycle’s overall shape and the positioning of the exhaust system improves overall weight distribution. The tailpipes are short so they do not impinge on the space needed for the side luggage. The internal structure of the silencer is designed to achieve the characteristic Ducati sound without compromising compliance with sound and hydrocarbon emission standards (Euro3).