Ducati Reveal 2013 Multistrada Range

Ducati has given a preview of its highly-anticipated 2013 range by revealing exciting new Multistrada models that introduce new features such as enhanced aesthetics, a second generation Testastretta 11° engine, the very latest ABS and, on the “S” versions, the innovative semi-active suspension system, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

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.

Hailed as a true ‘game-changing’ motorcycle, Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 has attracted all types of riders to the Italian brand by removing the borders between different motorcycle categories and creating a model that 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.

Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 International Press Test is set to take place in Bilbao, Spain from 20-27 September, while the first public showing of the 2013 Multistrada range will be at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany from 3-7 October. The brand new Multistrada 1200 models will be available via the official Ducati dealer network from December 2012.

Source: Ducati Corse

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2 Responses to “Ducati Reveal 2013 Multistrada Range”

  1. what is Ducati Skyhook Suspension?

  2. I wonder what the aesthetic changes will be? I still don’t like the double beak front. I sold my 07 MTS after failing to find a solution to wind buffeting. I have heard from current model owners wind buffeting is still a problem and its a big issue for me since I want to start touring more. As a response to the 07 bike not working out I reacted by buying a Harley Road King. The bike didn’t resolve the wind buffeting issue until I installed the proper height wind screen (bought used) and the final solution came when I installed Harley fork mounted wind deflectors. They stopped the wind from coming underneath and over the tank and directly into your chest and head. Once that was accomplished along with upgraded forks, tour link stabilizer and adjustable shocks the bike was pure pleasure to ride on the road. The suspension improvements had nothing to do with the wind buffeting, they simply enhanced the overall ride comfort and performance. Now if the fork wind deflectors worked on the Road King, you would think the same could work on any year Multistrada. I think if someone could machine a pair of deflectors and mount them, it would be a game changing upgrade. Not that 100% of Harley tour bike riders who installed deflectors were happy with them, the issue of wind buffeting is a complicated issue with several contributing variables . However, the overall consensus was positive and in my case extremely positive just like a survey answer. Many riders claimed the deflectors knocked wind buffeting dead in its tracks. If your on the road and subjected to wind buffeting hour after hour your ride will be seriously ruined or you will be totally fatigued at the end of the day.

    I haven’t given up on Ducati, I still own a 999R when I get the urge to let it out in the hills. Buying a dedicated touring bike allowed me to relax for the first time in years and I could actually enjoy the surroundings too. I could ride the slab for long periods and carry what I need on the road. I don’t agree with Ducati’s statement that the MTS is four bikes into one, I suppose it could be construed as that, but there are better road bikes obviously. What I’m waiting for is the re-introduction of the ST line, remodeled and repowered of course. Ducati has a real opportunity here and if they get it right I might put the Harley up for sale.