We still have several months before the Ducati Multistrada 1200 is released here in the United States, but Ducati North America has revealed that the cost of owning the $14,995 Multistrada will be even cheaper with the now announced 15,000 mile valve service interval. With the longer mileage between major services, the Multistrada 1200 better positions itself as a touring/adventure option and to compete against the BMW R1200GS.
Ducati typically recommends 7,500 miles between valve clearance inspections on its Evoluzione motors, found in the Streetfighter and Superbike series. But with its Testastretta 11°, Ducati has doubled its mileage between inspections by introducing a new valve seat material. This new seating material also improves combustion efficiency, which improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions, without affecting performance.