Ducati Releases Details On The 2013 Multistrada

During Intermot, Ducati released full details on their previously announced new Multistrada lineup.

Ducati says:

The new Multistrada - Touring meets passion
The 2013 Ducati Multistrada family presents an innovative and technically advanced evolution of an already
award-winning range, now updated with restyled aesthetics, a brand new Granturismo model and the new
Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system that provides confidence-inspiring, intelligent electronics to
ensure this multi-tasking motorcycle is instantly ready for every road.
The new range, full of owner-inspired improvements, signals the next stage of the Multistrada adventure
with a long list of fascinating and high-tech features that continue the model's reputation for industrychanging
innovation. They include the second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine, the very latest Bosch
ABS 9ME braking system with full Riding Mode integration, a new headlight design with LED low-beam
illumination and subtle aesthetic updates to the front fairing.
Combining ground-breaking design and unprecedented technology, the Multistrada's Sport, Touring, Urban
and Enduro Riding Modes enable a truly enjoyable and customisable riding experience separated by just
one click. The four-bikes-in-one concept makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition
to electronic adjustment of suspension settings, traction control, and now ABS and Ducati Skyhook
Suspension, instantly transforming the Multistrada 1200 to suit its rider and environment with even more
Hailed as a true 'game-changing' motorcycle, the Multistrada 1200 has attracted all types of riders by
removing the borders between motorcycle categories. With the latest 150hp Testastretta 11° DS engine, a
class-leading dry weight of just 194kg (428lb)* and the application of advanced ergonomics, the Multistrada
1200 is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels. The
eight-level DTC and new three-level ABS introduce the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) concept to the Multistrada
family, further underlining Ducati's focus on performance safety.
The 2013 range includes the Multistrada 1200 with the associated Riding Mode technologies of Ride-by-
Wire (R-b-W) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) in addition to the very latest in ABS, while the Multistrada
1200 S Touring is now equipped with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), R-b-W, DTC and ABS with
additional side luggage, heated grips and centre stand. The new touring flagship of the range for 2013 is the
Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo with increased side luggage capacity, top case, additional LED illumination,
enhanced wind protection and long-distance tyres, while the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak celebrates the
sporting side of the model's character with a replica of the famous 2012 mountain race bike in its stunning
new race-winning livery.
*Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak

2013 Multistrada new features overview
All Multistrada models
- Second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine
- Latest Bosch ABS 9ME anti-lock braking system
- New 1199 Panigale wheel styles
- New headlight with LED low-beam illumination
- Hazard lights
- Larger screen with easy, pinch-and-slide adjustment
- Larger cockpit stowage with easy push-push lid latch
- Aesthetic enhancements (Front fairing, headlight, screen)
- Progressive spring (rear suspension)
- New colours
All Multistrada 'S' models
- Sachs electronic suspension front and rear
- Ducati Skyhook Suspension System (DSS)
New Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo model
- Extended screen
- Larger side luggage
- Top case
- Internal soft bags for luggage
- Pirelli Angel GT tyres
- 20mm higher handlebars
- Ducati Performance Comfort Seat
- LED spot lights
- Engine crash-bars
Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak
- New race replica livery
- Forged wheels by Marchesini

Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS)
The 'S' versions of the Multistrada 1200 are now equipped with electronic 48mm Sachs front forks and rear
single shock, both featuring the new Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system. The new technology
features a semi-active suspension management that constantly re-adjusts damping to maintain optimum
vehicle composure - as if the motorcycle was suspended from the sky.
The innovative new system removes the compromise of conventional, passive suspension by continuously
re-evaluating the dynamic relationship between the wheel following the road surface and the comfort
provided by a constantly steady vehicle body. With the intelligent DSS system, many of the negative
attributes of a soft or hard set-up are eliminated without compromising performance in the environments for
which they were intended.
DSS uses data delivered from a number of sensors situated both on the "sprung" and "unsprung" sides of
the chassis to calculate and provide the smoothest possible operation. Vertical accelerometers situated on
the front lower triple-clamp and in the rear sub-frame deliver "sprung" data, while additional sensors on the
front fork leg lower and rear swingarm - close to the wheel hubs - deliver "unsprung" data. DSS then uses an
algorithm in its programming which considers an imaginary fixed reference point above the vehicle: "a hook
in the sky". The system then responds to the inputs of both the vehicle and wheel movements with
instantaneous damping adjustments to help maintain a constant relationship between the Multistrada and
the reference point, providing optimum vehicle equilibrium and a smoother ride.
To smooth-out the longitudinal forces created by braking and acceleration/de-acceleration, the system
employs the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) longitudinal accelerometer sensor and the new ABS pressure
sensors to instantly calculate and execute a response that will reduce the positive and negative pitching
effect subjected to the vehicle.
DSS works by instantly calculating all relevant data and responding with immediate adjustment of the
compression or rebound damping appropriate to the current Riding Mode. The resulting increase or
decrease in damping significantly reduces the magnitude of force generated when riding over uneven terrain
or when braking, accelerating or de-accelerating, enhancing motorcycle stability and considerably increasing
comfort for both rider and passenger.
Normal suspension adjustments to rebound and compression damping and rear spring pre-load are
automatically integrated with the Multistrada's Riding Modes as before, and can be further personalised by
entering a user-friendly control panel in the instrumentation. In addition to the Riding Mode of Sport,
Touring, Urban and Enduro, there is also an option to quickly change the suspension setting to suit 'rider
only', 'rider with luggage', 'rider and passenger' or 'rider and passenger with luggage'. DSS recognises any
personalised settings as its new "zero point" and reconfigures itself ready to interact.

Bosch Brembo Braking system with the latest ABS
Now an integral part of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), the 2013 Multistrada 1200 is equipped with the very
latest Bosch ABS 9ME controlled Brembo braking system, an unbeatable combination of state-of-the-art
security and track-proven power. Shorter stopping distances with enhanced stability are vital prerequisites,
whether for Sport or Touring, but add full Riding Mode interaction to the set-up, and the latest system
enables zero-compromise performance for Urban and Enduro also.
Using the same processor that controls the ABS of the 1199 Panigale Superbike, the new Multistrada now
provides an optimised front-to-rear combined braking system in Urban and Touring Riding Modes, instantly
adjusted when operated in Sport and Enduro Riding Modes, riding environments in which a less automated
control is normally preferred. The stability-enhancing front-to-rear combined braking feature uses four
pressure sensors - one in the front and rear master-cylinder and one in the front and rear calliper circuit - to
precisely understand the vehicle's braking performance and provide an additional and optimised braking
pressure on the rear when the front brake is applied.
Underlining its similarity to the 1199 Panigale, the ABS system also enhances control by maintaining
optimum ground contact for the rear tyre during severe braking with a rear-end anti-lift feature in addition to
providing ABS function on the front brakes only in certain conditions.
The system integrates perfectly with Ducati's four-bikes-in-one Riding Mode concept by dividing its features
into a three-level operating system. Level two provides an appropriate combined front/rear balance and no
lift-up detection for Sport riding, while level three delivers optimised combined braking with lift-up detection
to provide the maximum security management for Touring and Urban use. Level one provides maximum
performance for off-road use, removing lift-up detection and enabling the rider to drift the rear-end under
braking with a pre-set number of seconds of front only ABS.
The front brakes use twin radially-mounted Brembo four piston, two pad callipers actuated by a master
cylinder with an adjustable lever. The fronts grip 320mm discs, while a single 245mm disc on the rear is
gripped by a single Brembo calliper. Typical of all Ducatis, these components ensure high performance
braking and set the standard in this segment.
All 2013 Multistrada models are fitted with the Bosch-Brembo ABS system as standard equipment,
delivering outstanding braking performances in all conditions and providing a major contribution towards
performance safety. An option to disable the ABS in each individual Riding Mode is available via the
instrumentation, and the new system allows the setting to be saved and memorised at the next ignition-on.

Introducing Testastretta 11° DS - The second generation
For 2013, the arrival of the second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine introduces a number of important
and highly effective enhancements, increasing torque to 12.7kgm (91.8lb-ft) and overall mid-range power
delivery with even smoother operation. The improvements perfectly complement the new Multistrada 1200
by using a combination of new technologies proven on the 1199 Panigale's Superquadro engine, and
established technologies reintroduced to further enhance the overall package.
The Testastretta 11° DS's fuel injectors have now been repositioned to target spray directly onto the rear of
the hot intake valve instead of the relatively cold surface of the intake port wall. The enhanced vaporisation
achieved as the fuel hits the valve, fully atomises the incoming charge, eliminating the chance of
compromised combustion efficiency experienced if droplets of fuel enter in liquid form.
Having achieved the delivery of a fully vaporised inlet charge, Ducati engineers decided to reintroduce the
concept of Dual Spark (DS) to the Testastretta 11°, with two spark plugs per cylinder-head providing a twin
flame-front that ensures complete and efficient combustion across a shorter period of time.
In order to achieve a smoother cycle-to-cycle engine operation, there is a necessity to increase the fuel
injected during specific engine operations and to achieve this without affecting emissions, a secondary air
system has been introduced similar to that designed for the high-performance 1199 Panigale engine. This
optimisation of fuel-mapping without compromising emissions is achieved by completing the oxidisation of
unburned hydrocarbons, which reduces HC and CO levels. The system is activated when the engine ECU
recognises specific conditions in the engine's operation via the lambda and throttle opening sensors. It then
opens a valve enabling a flow of clean air from the main airbox to a reed valve situated in each cylinder
head, which enables one-way flow into an air gallery exiting into the exhaust port close to the exhaust valve.
Entering the hottest point of the exhaust gasses, the fresh charge of air enhances the burn environment,
eliminating any unburned fuel that escapes during the exhaust cycle under certain conditions.
First introduced for the Multistrada 1200 in 2010, the Testastretta 11° engine effectively took the firebreathing
1198 Superbike power plant and re-engineered it with increased user-friendliness. Engineers
achieved this to great effect by reducing the amount of valve over-lap from around 41° - typical in
performance engines that operate constantly at high RPM - to just 11°, which reduced peak horse-power
slightly, but enhanced mid-range and overall smoothness - classic prerequisites for touring.
The overlap angle is defined as the interval of crankshaft rotation, measured in degrees, during which both
the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time. This overlap occurs between the end of the
exhaust stroke and the start of the intake stroke. On the Testastretta 11° engine, this angle has been
reduced and the fresh inlet charge flow less compromised by the exiting exhaust gases, resulting in a much
smoother combustion, improved fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions. Unburnt hydrocarbon
emissions (pre-catalyser) and specific fuel consumption (and consequent CO2 emissions) are considerably

With its 150hp and 0.7kgm (4.3lb-ft) increase of torque to 12.7kgm (91.8lb-ft), the Testastretta 11° DS sets a
new standard for Ducati twin-cylinder engines. Constant attention to every last detail has enabled Ducati to
achieve an even more favourable torque curve at low rpm, which remains strong through a wider range.
This characteristic now enhances the Multistrada 1200's effortless ridability even further.
The Multistrada 1200 engine features an oil bath clutch with 'slipper' function and super-light feel at the
lever. Its design uses a progressive self-servo mechanism that presses the plates together when under drive
from the engine, enabling the reduction of the clutch spring rates. This results in a much lighter clutch lever
at the handlebar, ideal in stop-start traffic or long journeys. When the drive force is reversed (over-run), the
same mechanism reduces the pressure on the clutch plates, enabling them to provide a race-like 'slipper'
action, which reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and provides a
much smoother feeling when closing the throttle or down-shifting under normal riding conditions.
The layout for the exhaust system, which is simple and minimalistic, uses two primary manifolds flowing
directly into the triple chamber single silencer. In addition to carrying out the 2-1-2 compensator function, the
silencer contains the catalyser and sound-absorbent materials. The two compact and lightweight aluminium
alloy end pipes depart in a low, lateral configuration to keep the overall weight to a minimum.
The long road to major services
Constant investment in quality by design, advanced materials and engineering techniques, has enabled the
distance between major service intervals (valve clearance check) to be set at an owner-friendly 24,000km
(15,000 miles). This has been achieved partly by the introduction of a new valve seat material and partly by
the improved combustion efficiency and temperature management designed into the Testastretta 11° DS

Ducati's four-bikes-in-one concept is achieved by selecting from a choice of four pre-set modes
programmed to instantly change the engine character and chassis set-up of the Multistrada 1200 - even
while riding. 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 2013, ABS is also
programmed to offer the optimum setting appropriate to the Riding Mode selected and, for the 'S' versions,
Sachs electronic suspension front and rear not only configures the suspension set-up with Riding Modeappropriate
electronic adjustment, but Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) now also instantly reacts to
additional inputs to maintain overall vehicle composure for a smoother ride.
Sport Riding Mode
The Sport Riding Mode provides the rider with an adrenalin-fuelled 150hp ride with a sport-oriented throttle
response and, on the 'S' versions, an instant high performance suspension set-up with DSS reconfigured to
provide appropriate active management in this mode. In character with its Superbike heritage, the sport
mode also changes the DTC system intervention to level four for expert riders and ABS to level two for a
performance-oriented interaction with combined front/rear function slightly reduced and "lift-up" detection
deactivated for those whose 'comfort zone' is a little closer to the limit.
Touring Riding Mode
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 five, specifically intended for an enjoyable and relaxing ride
and ABS to a touring-oriented level three interaction for maximum confidence with "lift-up" detection active
and combined braking optimised. On the 'S' versions, the suspension automatically dials-in a set-up ideal for
long distance touring, ensuring maximum comfort for both the rider and passenger and DSS again
reconfigured to provide appropriate active management, even considering the amount of load onboard preprogrammed
into the system by the rider.
Urban Riding Mode
As an urban environment often requires 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' versions, to a setting perfect for tackling the maze of city
streets full of speed bumps and drain covers. Once again, DSS is also reconfigured to provide appropriate
active management in this demanding environment. DTC is further enhanced to level six to provide high
system intervention during the most chaotic of stop-start traffic and ABS to a city-oriented level three
interaction for maximum confidence with "lift-up" detection active and combined braking optimised.

Enduro Riding Mode
If adventure invites the Multistrada 1200 off 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' versions and reconfigures DSS to
provide appropriate active management. The DTC system is reduced to level two for minimal intervention
and ABS to an off-road-oriented level one interaction for a low-grip terrain appropriate setting with "lift-up"
detection deactivated and rear wheel ABS partially interrupted for controlled rear end drifting.
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 uses a throttle cable to control the throttle body butterflies, but instead
delivers a signal to a control unit, which in turn operates the butterfly opening.
The RbW system enables the use of 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 and is an important
component of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP).
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.
DTC levels are factory pre-set in each of the four Riding Modes, but can be individually customised and
saved to suit the rider by accessing the set-up menu within each mode. A 'Default' option is available to
easily return all settings to factory pre-sets.

Instrumentation and lighting
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, buttons on the left-hand switchgear
can be used to enter a setting menu from where adjustments to the various functions can be made including
personalised DTC and, new for 2013, also a three-level ABS set-up. On the 'S' versions, suspension
settings can be set with a user-friendly five-point graphic that provides two settings "harder" and two settings
"softer" than a central "medium" position for both front and rear compression and rebound damping, while
digital rear spring pre-load now increases from a 1-16 range to a 1-24.
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
For 2013, the Multistrada family introduces a new headlight with LED low-beam illumination added to the
original LED position lights. While the main-beam remains conventional, it now functions in addition to the
LED low-beam to enhance overall lighting efficiency. The Granturismo goes one step further with two LED
spot lights enhancing peripheral illumination controlled from a handlebar-mounted switch. A hazard light
function is also added to the new Multistrada models, activated by holding the left-turn signal button on for
four seconds.
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 motorcycle's systems. Pressing the keyon
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.

Multistrada continues to set the benchmark
A lighter motorcycle enables maximum performance both in terms of dynamic behaviour and safety by
braking in a shorter distance, accelerating faster and being easier to steer. Every single component of the
Multistrada 1200, therefore, has been designed to achieve weight reduction without compromising its loadbearing
capacity. With a dry weight of just 194kg (428lb)* the Multistrada 1200 is lighter than any other road
enduro, touring or sport touring bike currently available in this category. The lightweight and excellent
chassis set-up ensures exceptional handling, a key factor for Sport, Touring, Urban or Enduro riding.
*Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak
Ergonomic design and engineered comfort
The original Multistrada 1200 project was subjected to an extensive ergonomic study using both CAD and
repeated prototype testing, guaranteeing a high level of comfort with a fully loaded motorcycle for long-range
touring. The 'ergonomics triangle' of handlebar, seat and footpegs has been designed for both the rider and
passenger, optimising comfort while providing a commanding and upright riding position.
The machine feels spacious and accommodates both rider and passenger in complete comfort, even with a
top case and side luggage in place. Its 1530mm (60.2in) wheelbase ensures that not only the weight of the
passenger remains inside the wheelbase length, but also that of the side luggage when loaded, a
considerable contribution to the motorcycle's dynamic performance. Underlining its multi-tasking intention,
ergonomic attention was even applied when designing the riding position while standing on the footpegs, offroad
The wide, tapered steel handlebars have been designed for maximum comfort and ensure a commanding
riding position enhanced by a generous steering lock of 76° (38° left and right). In addition, the handlebars
have been mounted on anti-vibration isolators, specially designed to balance riding comfort with a precise
road 'feel'.
The Multistrada 1200 seat immediately transmits a sense of comfort with generous dimensions front and
rear. Constructed in two separate sections for the rider and passenger, the design focussed on form and
cushion density to ensure maximum comfort during long journeys and user-friendly lateral shaping to help
give sure-footed ground contact when stationary. A confidence-inspiring passenger grab-handle offers a
secure and comfortable grip.
The footpeg position represents part of the optimum 'ergonomics triangle' for both the rider and passenger
with added consideration to ground clearance during maximum lean angle and position of side luggage. The
footpegs have rubber inserts that insulate vibration, removable to expose a motocross-style serrated edge
that provides enhanced boot grip when riding off-road.
Two handy onboard stowage areas are built into the motorcycle, one suitable for a mobile phone or toll road
tickets situated in the right cockpit panel and made larger for 2013 with a glove-friendly "push-push" lid latch,
and an additional three litre area situated under the passenger seat.

Enhanced detail for long journeys
For 2013, the Multistrada 1200's screen is higher and wider, providing increased protection and rider
comfort during long distance travel and its 60mm of vertical adjustment can now be adjusted using just one
hand because of the useful new centrally-mounted, pinch-and-slide mechanism. 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. In addition, a special connection point for
powering a GARMIN satellite navigator (optional feature) is situated near the instrumentation.
The Multistrada 1200 S Touring and 1200 S Granturismo add even more comfort and convenience with
easily controlled heated grips ideal for journeys where adverse weather conditions threaten rider comfort,
and generously proportioned, stylish luggage offering a load capacity of 58 litres (73 litre for the
Granturismo) with a fast and secure attachment system that is perfectly hidden when the luggage is
removed. In addition, a centre stand provides parking confidence when fully loaded and essential security in
the event of tyre maintenance during long journeys.
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).
Components that are far more than just aesthetic detail, include the frontal air intakes that characterise the
face of the Multistrada and also deliver air to the oil cooler and airbox, and the beautifully formed aluminium
sump guard and side plates that help to protect the engine off-road.
The single-sided rear swingarm is also a good example of Ducati's blend of design and functional
engineering. It is made using a single piece casting, with fabricated and welded sections creating a strong,
hollow and lightweight component that contributes considerably to the Multistrada's sure-footed handling.
The new headlight is a characteristic feature of the face of the Multistrada 1200, its symmetrical layout now
updated with LED low beam.

All components used in the construction of the Multistrada 1200 are of the highest quality. Their selection
and subsequent assembly is the result of a design brief based on uncompromised performance.
Chassis geometry, such as wheelbase, swingarm length, and rake, trail and offset is the result of a quest for
the best balance of stability at high speeds and dynamic agility. The chassis is designed to achieve lean
angles of up to 45° and the combination of reduced weight and generous steering lock of 76° (38° left and
right) makes tight manoeuvres at low speeds easy to manage.
The Trellis frame uses large diameter, light gauge tubing with two central cast aluminium sections and a
Trellis rear subframe to achieve optimum torsional rigidity. The high pressure, die cast, magnesium front
sub-frame reduces the high, frontal weight and contributes to chassis feel and control.
The standard version Multistrada 1200 uses 50mm Marzocchi front forks, featuring a special forged fork
bottom and full adjustability in spring pre-load and compression and rebound damping. The rear is controlled
by a Sachs monoshock adjustable in compression and rebound damping and in spring pre-load by using
the handy remote manual adjuster.
The 'S' versions of the Multistrada 1200 are equipped with electronic 48mm Sachs forks and rear single
shock, both featuring the new Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS). This innovative development not only
enables rebound and compression damping adjustments and rear spring pre-load, automatically adjustable
with the Riding Modes or individually adjusted via the instrument panel, but also features a semi-active
management that constantly re-adjusts damping to maintain optimum vehicle equilibrium - as if the
motorcycle was suspended from the sky.
The front and rear suspension of both versions provide 170mm (6.7in) of travel, the extra-long movement
ensuring excellent comfort even when fully loaded or if the rider decides to leave the asphalt for off-road
routes and all models are now equipped with a progressive-rate rear spring, which increases that comfort
across a wider range of load conditions. This comfort is also further enhanced with DSS on the 'S' versions
and an option to easily change the suspension setting to suit 'rider only', 'rider with luggage', 'rider and
passenger' or 'rider and passenger with luggage' with just a few clicks of a button, providing a fast and
convenient way to optimise the Multistrada's journey performance.

Wheels and tyres
For 2013, the Multistrada 1200, 1200 S Touring and 1200 S Granturismo all adopt 1199-style, 10-spoke
lightweight alloy wheels, and the 1200 S Pikes Peak rolls on 1199 S-style triple 3-spoke, forged and
machined wheels by Marchesini. While all models use 3.50x17 front and 6.00x17 rear sizes and are
finished in black, the Pikes Peak wheels carry the signature red pin-striping of Ducati's sport-oriented
Ducati's technical partner, Pirelli, worked alongside the Multistrada's engineers throughout the original
Multistrada 1200 project, developing the Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres specifically for the four-bikes-in-one
concept. The tyres used on the 1200, 1200 S Touring and 1200 S Pikes Peak represent the first ever dual
compound for on/off road use with a harder compound central section. Combined with a special tread
design and carcass structure, their 190/55 section delivers racing performance on the road in terms of grip
and lean angles, while ensuring high mileage for touring and good off-road performance. For 2013, the
Scorpion Trail incorporates Pirelli's latest compound technology, ensuring optimum performance in all
conditions, with enhanced longevity.
Appropriate to its grand touring intention, the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo is mounted on the new Pirelli
Angel GT tyres, specifically designed for maintaining optimum performance throughout long distance
journeys. Under the title "performance mileage", Pirelli deeply studied compound and tread pattern data to
develop a tyre with a combination of excellent wet weather character and all-round performance, perfectly
suited to modern sport-touring, even with full luggage capacity.

Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo
World tour ready
The brand new and ultimate premium touring model in the 2013 Multistrada line-up is the Granturismo.
Based on the Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the Granturismo boasts a number of additions and enhancements
that clearly underline its status as the flagship tourer of the family.
While side-luggage increases capacity from 58 to 73 litres and a 48 litre top-case is fitted as standard
equipment on the new model, three sophisticated weatherproof interior soft-bags provide easy cargo
removal upon arrival. A Ducati Performance Comfort Seat further enhances long journey enjoyment for the
rider, as does the backrest built into the top-case for the passenger. Also for the rider, an extra 20mm in the
bar-risers provide a more upright riding position, improving posture during long distance travel and
increasing ease-of-handling when the Granturismo is fully loaded, while specially extended screen ensures
added wind-protection.
Further journey-derived components fitted as original equipment include new Pirelli Angel GT tyres, engine
protection bars in tubular steel and additional LED aluminium-cased spot-lights. The new lights, which are
operated by a dedicated switch on the left-hand handlebar, not only give the Granturismo enhanced visibility
to other road-users, but also enhance peripheral illumination when traveling on unknown and poorly lit
The Granturismo is dressed in a sophisticated touring grey with racing grey frame and black wheels, with
luggage styled with a subtle black finish.

Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak
Race proven
Ducati's 2013 Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak celebrates the iconic manufacturer's convincing 1-2 victory at
the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in Colorado. The exciting model underlines the race-bred
heritage that exists deep inside every Ducati and rolls out with the same innovative features introduced to
the rest of the family, further equipped with many performance-enhancing components and the latest racingwinning
colour scheme.
The new Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak livery of Ducati Corse red with GP-like white stripe contrasts
stylishly with the passenger foot-peg hangers and engine guard anodised in black and sporty red pin-striping
applied to the stunning new 1199 S Panigale-style triple 3-spoke wheels, forged and machined by
Marchesini. In addition to the original equipment silencer and screen the Pikes Peak arrives with an EU
approved Ducati Performance carbon fibre silencer by Termignoni* and a race-derived low screen in carbon
fibre. Additional carbon fibre components include front air intakes, lateral air outtakes, front mudguard, rear
hugger and engine cam-belt covers, while a custom made seat detailed with red stitching completes an
enhanced specification well worthy of a race replica.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or "Race to the Clouds", is situated in a range of the Rocky
Mountains, 16km west of Colorado Springs and races 20km from a start line altitude of 2,862 metres to a
finish line at 4,300. 2012 was the first year in the event's history that the entire course was asphalted and
winning the highly challenging Pikes Peak race further underlines the exceptional versatility of the Ducati
Multistrada and demonstrates its ability to immediately adapt in any environment.
*Not all countries.

Multistrada colours
Both the Multistrada 1200 and 1200 S Touring are available in red or the stunning new matte chrome, which
contrasts elegantly against the racing grey frames, with the 1200 S Touring boasting colour-matched side
luggage. The 2013 Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak comes proudly dressed in the new race colours of Ducati
Corse red with white stripe and red frame, while the Granturismo is finished in a sophisticated touring grey
with racing grey frame. All models in the Multistrada family roll on black-finished wheels.

Versions overview

Multistrada 1200
- Bosch-Brembo ABS 9ME braking system
- Riding Modes
- Ride-by-Wire
- Ducati Traction Control

Multistrada 1200 S Touring
- Bosch-Brembo ABS 9ME braking system
- Riding Modes
- Ride-by-Wire
- Ducati Traction Control
- Sachs electronic suspension front and rear
- Ducati Skyhook Suspension system
- Heated grips
- Side luggage (58l)
- Centre stand

Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo
- Bosch-Brembo ABS 9ME braking system
- Riding Modes
- Ride-by-Wire
- Ducati Traction Control
- Sachs electronic suspension front and rear
- Ducati Skyhook Suspension system
- Heated grips
- Large screen
- Side luggage (73l) with internal soft-bags
- Top-case (48l) with internal soft-bag
- Centre stand
- Rider Comfort Seat
- LED spot-lights
- Engine protection bars

Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak
- Bosch-Brembo ABS 9ME braking system
- Riding Modes
- Ride-by-Wire
- Ducati Traction Control
- Sachs electronic suspension front and rear
- Ducati Skyhook Suspension system
- Front air intakes, front mudguard, cam belt covers, rear hugger, lateral air extractors in carbon fibre
- Termignoni carbon fibre silencer (EU) (Supplied in addition to original equipment)
- Screen in carbon fibre (Supplied in addition to original equipment)
- 1199 S Panigale-style triple 3-spoke wheels, forged and machined by Marchesini

Ducati Performance accessories 2013
01. Complete racing exhaust kit with titanium silencer
Complete 2-1 racing exhaust system with large diameter steel manifolds and titanium silencer with
removable dB killer complete with carbon fibre heat guards. This exhaust system provides significantly
increased maximum torque and power output support.
02. Carbon fibre front air inlet kit
Air intakes made from high-density carbon fabric and protective gel-coat to offer strength and lightweight.
The texture of this high-tech material lends a stylish accent to the front-end of the Multistrada 1200.
03. Carbon fibre front mudguard
One-piece carbon fibre front mudguard.
04. Carbon fibre hugger
Carbon fibre rear hugger for single-sided swingarm. 45 degree carbon fibre weave and protective gel-coat
provides the component with improved strength while remaining lightweight.
05. Carbon fibre rear splashguard
Laminated carbon fibre rear splashguard with protective gel-coat finish for added durability.
06. Granturismo screen kit
Large, tinted screen, 40mm higher and 50mm wider than that of the standard model providing enhanced
wind protection and reduced sun glare.
07. Lower seat
25mm lower seat provides sure-footed confidence for all without sacrificing riding comfort.
08. Billet, folding, adjustable rider footpegs kit
Rider footpegs kit in billet aluminium, with folding, adjustable controls provide a customisable positioning
and enhance impact resistance with folding brake and gearchange pedals.

Specs: base model

TYPE: L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, Dual Spark, liquid cooled
BORE X STROKE: 106x67.9mm
POWER: 150hp - 110.3kw @ 9250rpm
TORQUE: 87,5lb-ft 118,7Nm @7500rpm
FUEL INJECTION: tsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies
EXHAUST: Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, aluminium tail pipes

GEARBOX: 6 speed
PRIMARY DRIVE: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
RATIO: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
FINAL DRIVE: Chain 5.30"; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 40
CLUTCH: Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run

FRAME: Tubular steel Trellis frame
FRONT SUSPENSION: Marzocchi 50mm fully adjustable usd forks
FRONT WHEEL: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
FRONT TYRE: Pirelli Scorpion Trail 120/70 17''
REAR SUSPENSION: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
REAR WHEEL:10-spoke light alloy 6.00 x 17
REAR TYRE: Pirelli Scorpion Trail 190/55 17''
FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL: 170mm (6.7in)
REAR WHEEL TRAVEL: 170mm (6.7in)
FRONT BRAKE: 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad
REAR BRAKE: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
INSTRUMENTATION: Multifunction digital dashboard of two displays with white backlight. Main LCD display: odometer (total, trip 1 and trip2), speedometer, rev counter, clock, gear indicator, coolant temperature; fuel level. Circular LCD dot-matrix display: trip computer (riding style set-up, active riding parameters, remaining fuel/distance, current fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, average speed, air temperature, trip time), maintenance intervals indicator (Km), signaling alarms and errors detection (diagnosis), setup menu and customization functions. Interface for the management of Riding Modes (control power curve and throttle response power, traction control, ABS). "Parking" and "Steering lock" indicators. Lights: oil pressure, neutral N, fuel warning, turn signal, EOBD (diagnosis), high beam, DTC intervention (Traction Control) and deterrent immobilizer (in Key-Off). Headlight control: auto switching-off during engine start, auto turning-off after 60 seconds from Key-On without starting the engine. The key management of the various function menus are integrated in the left and right switch controls.

Dimensions And Weight
DRY WEIGHT: 196kg (423lb)
WET WEIGHT: 224kg (494lb)
SEAT HEIGHT: 850mm (33.5in)
WHEELBASE: 1530mm (60.2in)
RAKE: 25°
TRAIL: 110mm (4.33in)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 20l - 5.3 gallon (US)
VERSIONS: Dual seat

Standard Equipment
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: DSP Ducati Safety Pack ( ABS-9ME + DTC ) Riding modes, Power modes, RbW, Hands Free

WARRANTY: 2 years unlimited mileage
VALVE CLEARANCE CHECK: 24.000km (15,000m)

Emissions And Consumption
STANDARD: follows the US Federal Regulation

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