With the arrival of the new
Multistrada 1200, Ducati will reach a significant milestone in the company's
engineering history by extending the periods between major services on the new
model to an owner-friendly 24,000km (15,000 miles).
Doubling the mileage between valve
clearance inspection has been made possible with the introduction of a new
valve seat material combined with improved combustion efficiency and
temperature management designed into the Multistrada's new Testastretta 11° engine.
So called because of its minimised
11° of ‘valve overlap' - the interval of crankshaft rotation during which both
the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time - the new Desmodromic
power plant not only transforms the world championship-winning 1198
configuration into a super-smooth 150hp motor for sport touring, but also
improves fuel efficiency, emissions and cost of scheduled maintenance.
First revealed at the Milan
International Motorcycle Show in November 2009, the Ducati Multistrada 1200
combines innovative design and unprecedented technology to unleash a
four-bikes-in-one concept. Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro riding modes now
enable a customisable riding experience separated by just one click.
Arriving in Ducati showrooms from
early 2010, the 189kg (417lb) Multistrada 1200 is offered with optional ABS,
while the flagship Multistrada 1200 S presents ABS and Ducati Electronic
Suspension by Öhlins as standard equipment. The 1200 S is available in ‘Sport
edition' with specific components in carbon fibre or ‘Touring edition' with
side luggage, heated grips and centre stand.
A long list of pre-orders for the
Italian manufacturer's latest masterpiece reflects the massive interest
generated since its official unveiling, an interest now further enhanced by the
added benefit of more 'strada' between major services.
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