Ducati has updated its adventure bike line again, with the new Multistrada 1260 Enduro.
The new bike gets the Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, with variable valve timing. It’s the same engine that appeared in the Multistrada 1260, but now in a more offroad-friendly package.
The new engine supposedly improves the power of the Enduro model considerably, with Ducati claiming 85 per cent of the 94 lb-ft of torque is on tap at 3,500 rpm, where you want it. Peak power output is now said to be 156 hp.
Maintenance intervals for the new engine are 15,000 km or 12 months.
The outgoing Multistrada 1200 Enduro was beefed up for offroad use, and so is the new 1260 Enduro. The wheels are spoked, to handle bumps and beatings; the front wheel is a 19-incher, and the rear is still a 17-incher, both with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires. There’s also reworked electronic semi-active suspension from Sachs, with 185 mm of travel front and rear.
The new Multi is still a heavy machine, though, weighing 225 kg dry; wet weight is 254 kg, partially due to the massive 30-litre fuel tank (good for 450 km of range, says Ducati). You won’t be entering any actual enduro races on this bike.
Still, there’s lots to like. Along with the new engine and reworked suspension, the machine comes with a comprehensive electronic safety package, including Bosch cornering ABS, traction control, riding modes (Sport, Urban, Touring, Enduro) and power modes, wheelie control, cornering lights, and a hill assist function. Cruise control is also standard.
The standard seat height is 860 mm; taller users can order an 880 mm accessory seat, shorter users can buy an 840 mm seat. The windscreen is also adjustable for rider comfort, and if you want to power electro-gadgetry or heated gear, there are two 12V outlets. The TFT dash (also revised) will also be compatible with some Bluetooth-enabled equipment.
The only colours we’ve seen in the marketing are a sand paint job, and a Ducati red. No word on what our choice or choices will be in the Canadian market, or what MSRP will be when it gets here.