For those riders who like their bikes to be multi-purpose, able to comfortably ride city streets, long distances, and a bit of adventure riding capabilities, Ducati has upped the anti with its 2016 version of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. The bike was already a solid option in this category, but Ducati didn’t mess around and made something good even better.
Riders who are into enduro style bikes are by nature adventurous types. They aren’t looking for the prettiest bike around and they aren’t looking to impress anybody, for the most part. What they are looking for is a bike that is practical, has some get up and go and provides comfort while doing it, especially on long hauls, which is a critical component for this category.
Well check, check and check on this one. The Multistrada 1200 Enduro, according to Ducati, comes with “the Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) EURO 4-approved 1198cc L-Twin engine, with a 106mm x 67.9mm bore and stroke and 12.5:1 compression ratio. Power output across the board is claimed at 160 horsepower at 9500 rpm and 100.3 lb-ft torque at 7500 rpm.” That’s plenty of power for almost any kind of riding you might be doing on this type of bike.
For the most comfortable ride possible, it features tubeless, spoked, aluminum wheels, 19 inches in the front and 17 inches in the rear. Handlebars are set high and the seat is even designed to be narrow over the foot pegs which was done in an attempt to improve handling off-road. Ducati also paid attention to the forks, out front you have a Sachs 48mm fully adjustable USD fork. And out back there is also a fully adjustable Sachs unit. The double sided swing arm is particularly generous, providing 7.9 inches of travel. Bumps are definitely smoothed out on this baby.
Customization to each rider was critical to Ducati, and critical to riders in this category. So Ducati gave owners many options to make the bike all their own. Ducati says “there are eight Traction Control and Wheelie Control settings while the Bosch Cornering ABS system has three levels and options to choose between – just the front wheel engaged, both wheels engaged or disabling the system all together.” Ducati also offers four personalization packages as they call it. A Touring Pack, with such things like heated grips, a Sport Pack, an Urban Pack, which includes among other things a tank bag and a Enduro Pack.
No matter how you want to ride it, Ducati has built a bike that can come as close to your own creation as possible. City streets, long range, off road, you name it, this bike looks like a lot of fun. Usually when you try to do too much, it’s hard to succeed. But this bike seems to have made multi-purpose work. And you know what? It still looks good.