Today Ducati officially released the all new 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 which not only gets a pretty decent makeover visually, but features the brand new Testaretta DVT engine with variable valve timing – a first in a motorcycle.
It also receives some major ECU upgrades by way of Bosch with it’s ‘cornering ABS’ as now available for the BMW S1000RR and KTM’s Superdukes. Ducati has also installed what it calls ‘Inertial Measurement Unit’ (I’m guessing it’s similar to a gyroscope) that assists in braking by detecting lean angles, but also provides cornering headlights through it’s new LED front unit.
There’s three models, the standard 1200, the 1200 S and the 1200 S D|Air, which integrates with the Dainese air bag system electronically. See the full press release with specifications below.
|DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200: SETTING A NEW STANDARD
As soon as it was launched back in 2010, the Multistrada 1200 revolutionised the motorcycling world by offering, for the very first time, nothing less than four bikes in one: from super sport to long-distance tourer, from everyday runabout to enduro. Now, Ducati’s technological expertise has produced a new generation
|of Multistradas, bikes featuring the latest Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine and a state-of-the-art technological package that sets a whole new standard in its product segment. The new Multistrada 1200 is the “multibike” par excellence, with cutting-edge technology making it far more than just the 4-bikes-in-1 offered by its Riding Modes.
In what is a first for the motorcycle industry, the DVT engine features a variable valve timing system with independent control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts. This optimises engine performance throughout the power range in all riding conditions, thus ensuring maximum power at high rpm, fluid delivery, punchy low-rpm torque and low fuel consumption in full compliance with the latest Euro 4 regulations.
The new Multistrada 1200 also sets a new electronics benchmark thanks to the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which dynamically measures roll, yaw and pitch angles as well as the rate of their change; with this information, the IMU enhances both performance and safety. For example, the presence of the IMU enables the ABS to include a Cornering system capable of controlling braking even on bends where wheel lock could otherwise cause skidding. On the Multistrada 1200 S it also enables control the Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) in its full LED headlamp. Moreover, the IMU has allowed the introduction of Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC): this detects and corrects any front wheel lift to ensure maximum acceleration in complete safety. Like Ducati Traction Control (DTC), DWC features rider-settable 8-level sensitivity. Lastly, the IMU inertial platform also interacts with the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution (DSS) control system featured on the Multistrada 1200 S.
All models now feature Electronic Cruise Control, which the rider can set as desired using controls incorporated in the switchgear on the left handlebar. On the S version a Bluetooth module is included as standard: this activates the Ducati Multimedia System and can connect the bike to a smartphone for user- friendly control of basic functions such as receiving incoming calls, notification of text messages, or playing music via the handlebar controls and on-dash info. Thanks to an iOS/Android app, the Bluetooth connection lets riders use bike data to activate other functions which enhance, extend or let them share their everyday riding or touring experiences; the app even allows interaction with the ducati.com website and social networks.
|Main standard features on the Multistrada family Multistrada 1200
Multistrada 1200 S (and Multistrada 1200 S D|air®) · Colours
|Suspension (DSS) Evolution system
o Full LED headlamp with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) o Instrument panel with 5” full colour TFT screen
o D|air system (Multistrada 1200 S D|air® only)
carbon fibre front mudguard, machined-from-billet aluminium brake and clutch reservoir caps
protection bars, radiator guard, oil sump guard, bigger kickstand base and off-road footpegs
The launch of the new Multistrada is enriched also by the Multistrada Link App: a smartphone app, available for iOS and Android, that further explains all content and new features of the bike. Through the app it‘s possible to rate individual aspects of the bike, and submit ideas and comments directly to Ducati. Further, it will deliver easily accessible weekly updates of a variety of content.