Ducati Multistrada 1200 Gets Semi-Active Suspension

09/18/2012 @ 8:48 am, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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Ahead of this fall’s motorcycle shows, Ducati has unveiled its 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 range, which sees the sport-tourer getting a host of updates. Featuring a second-generation Testastretta 11° motor, perhaps the bigger news is the inclusion of Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), Ducati’s new semi-active suspension system. Other changes also include an updated three-level ABS system, as well as revised aesthetics.

As we tipped yesterday, the 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak edition gets a new color scheme, as it uses the team’s livery from this year’ hill climb, and appears to take the reigns as Ducati’s “sport” offering for the MTS1200. In addition to the new colors, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak gets the Ducati Skyhook Suspension, as does the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring. DSS will not be available on the base model Multistrada 1200 however.

New for 2013 is the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo, which is aimed to be a more purpose-built touring option in the Multistrada line. Featuring an increased side luggage capacity, top case, additional LED illumination, enhanced wind protection, and long-distance tires among other things, it will be interesting to see how Ducati prices the Granturismo against the regular Multistrada 1200 S Touring model here in the US.

Expect to see reviews from the international press launch in Spain after September 27th…just not from A&R since we weren’t invited to the party (le sigh). The first public showing of the 2013 Ducati Multistrada’s will be at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, October 3rd-7th. All models should be in dealerships by December 2012.

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Source: Ducati USA

Comment:

  1. Westward says:

    Surely they could have designed a better looking top case, the side cases are not too bad…

    Also, what exactly is the Skyhook suspension, and does it have anything to do with that U-shaped bar flanking the radiator fairings, if not, what is that, is it like a stunt cage ?

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  2. Skyhook is Ducati’s semi-active suspension package. How it works? No one knows…yet…well maybe the print guys do, since they had to start writing this story 19 months ago in order to meet their production schedules.

  3. Kevin says:

    @Westward – that U shaped piece is an engine guard and is similar in function to a “stunt cage”…though I’d wager if you asked someone for a “stunt cage” for your Multistrada, you’d get laughed at. I’d also doubt it has any integration with the DSS.

    In Ducati’s defense on the topcase, unless something has changed for 2013, it’s designed and manufactured by Givi.

  4. meatspin says:

    it does look like a Givi sourced unit.

    I just cant get over the beak on that bike.

  5. tedman says:

    1199s wheels on the PP bike, non ohlins electronic forks and standard calipers… curious Ducati, very curious

  6. Richard Gozinya says:

    Skyhook’s what Maserati called their active suspension system.

  7. Damo says:

    The low windscreen makes that bike look about 4000% better.

  8. akatsuki says:

    Old Pikes Peak scheme was a million times better looking.

  9. “I just cant get over the beak on that bike.”

    No kidding! It’s the Angry Birds of motorcycles.

  10. I hate to break it to you guys, that beak isn’t going anywhere. Time to get over it. :)

  11. Damo says:

    I love the beak, I just don’t like the super dork fly screen. This would be at the top of my buy list…..if I was too old to ride proper sport bikes anymore.

  12. RGR says:

    Hi Damo, you get on your “proper” sport bike and I’ll get on my Multi 1200. We’ll then see if you can shake me. Mwahahahahaha!

  13. RGR says:

    Hey Damo, you get on your “proper” sport bike and I’ll get on my Multi 1200. We’ll then see if you can shake me. Mwahahahahaha!

  14. Damo says:

    @RGR

    Honestly I probably couldn’t shake you. I think the stock Multistrada 1/4 mile time is right on par with my liter bike. The multi is no joke, I was only kidding about the oldman comment.