Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ducati releases new 2013 Multistrada lineup

I love this generation of Multistrada, have done from first sighting, plus a couple of good rides on a 1200 S haven proven to me this would be the second bike that I would put in my shed if the gods of cashola would permit it. Things just got more interesting with the release of the 2013 lineup for the Multi, ahead of EICMA without news of any new Hypermotard 848. This is interesting news on a many levels.

While I've been focussing solely on spyshots of what I have purported to be a new 848 baby Hypermotard, or even an 848 Multistrada variant perhaps with the 848 Streetfighter engine adapted for it, Ducati have snuck in with a revamp of the Multistrada 1200 line, and it's pretty exciting stuff. From the pre-release page today:;

The brand new range, full of owner-inspired improvements, signals the next stage of the Multistrada journey with a long list of fascinating and high-tech features. It 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 latest 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.

The Multistrada's award-winning Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro electronic Riding Modes enable a truly enjoyable and customisable riding experience separated by just one click of a button. 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 precision.



That's the new 1200 S Granturismo with more LEDs (look just below the beak and you'll see some adventure spotties tucked away nicely) and obviously the touring packs. The talk of the second generation Testastretta 11° engine is what really interests me. What kind of power will it produce and what amazeballs evolution have they produced? My first and second impressions were already outstanding. Make no mistake apart from my Hypermotard (that is completely off its rocker after a PUK upgrade and will lift off at any moment), the Multistrada 1200 S (in Sport mode of course) is the only other bike I'd really pay to ride right now. This just in from a Facebook post.

Image courtesy Diego Sgorbarti


Not long to go until we can get the full details. Who knows, maybe we might just see a next evolution Hypemotard with a new Testastretta donk in it come November? Stay tuned and well, you know, ride naked.

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