Ducati held their press meeting today, just before tomorrow’s opening of the EICMA motorcycle show. The biggest announcement of course was the new 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200, which will come in three variants, the: 1200 (base), 1200S, and 1200S Touring. All three variants will feature Ducati’s first ABS setup, and the “S” models will have Ducati’s new electronic suspension (DES). More after the jump.
The new Multistrada 1200 will be powered by a variant of the 1198 Superbike motor, which Ducati calls the Testastretta 11° engine. The motor produces 150hp, and features a slipper clutch, making this one sporty sport-tourer, which make sense as Ducati views the Multistrada 1200 has really being four bikes in one: a sport bike, long-distance tourer, and an urban and road enduro). Also helping the bike go is its relatively low weight, with the base model Multistrada 1200 will weighing 417lbs, while the S model, in both its variants, will tip the scales at 423lbs.
As expected, the base model will feature 50mm Marzocchi forks, while the “S” models get an upgrade via Öhlins suspension. The “S” models will also sport more carbon fiber. Riders can adjust the DES, ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTS), and engine maps all from the handle bars.
In addition to the kit found on the Multistrada 1200S, the Multistrada 1200S Touring will have side panniers, heated grips and centre stand.
Pricing starts at $14,995, and all the bikes will be available in red or white, while the “S” models will also be available in a black color scheme.