Ducati Multistrada 1260S : First Ride Review
- Dec 13, 2017
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Ducati has been steadily updating its flagship ADV lineup with its new and larger 1260cc motor. There’s the new Multistrada 1260, the Multistrada 1260S and the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak. The last one to get the engine update is the Multistrada Enduro.
For 2019, Ducati’s Multistrada Enduro doesn’t just come with a new 1260cc engine but also a host of electronic and chassis updates to make it even more capable off-road.
Despite carrying the same bodywork as the other Multistrada 1260’s, the Enduro looks more menacing thanks to its larger spoked wheels and off-road-oriented tyres. It gets new livery and comes in two colours: Red, and a new sand paint scheme that replaces the gray one seen on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro.
The one with the sand paintjob also gets a new two-tone seat.
The most important update here is the motor. The new 1262cc L-twin motor has been tuned for more low- to mid-range grunt and makes 158PS at 9500rpm and 128Nm at 7500 rpm. The best part about this motor is that 85 per cent of the 128Nm is available from as low as 3500rpm. It also makes 17 per cent more torque than the older 1198cc motor at 5500rpm. There’s also ride-by-wire for a more linear throttle response.
The Enduro’s seat and handlebar sits lower than before, for better ergonomics. The frame is now lighter and centre of gravity is lower as well, for better balance on the road and off it. It gets a new double-sided swingarm instead of the single-sided one on the other Multistrada 1260 models. There is a lighter aluminium sump guard with support struts connected directly to the frame. The new Sachs suspension components work in tandem with semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution control system. This electronic suspension system factors in road surfaces with rider, pillion and luggage weight and continuously adjusts rebound and compression damping for a plush ride in all riding conditions. The new 6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit now controls Bosch Cornering ABS and Ducati Wheelie Control.
Like the previous 1200 Enduro, it also gets 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels with new Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres that are designed for better performance in the wet.
The 5-inch colour TFT instrument console gets a new Human Machine Interface that is more user friendly and has more control over the bike’s settings. It allows for upto 400 parameter combinations for individually setting up the electronic suspension. The system is also compatible with the new Ducati Link app. Thanks to being connected to the IMU, Ducati can use new functions on the bike, like one that switches off the hazard lights automatically when the bike is leaned over.
Coming to India?
Yes. Ducati sells the entire Multistrada portfolio including the Multistrada 950 and the older Multistrada 1200 Enduro in India. We expect the 1260 Enduro to come and replace the 1200 Enduro in the coming months. It is expected to be priced higher than the 1200 Enduro, which currently retails for Rs 17.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
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