Ducati Australia has announced pricing for the new Multistrada 1200 featuring engine technology available in many cars.
The 2015 Multistrada 1200 starts at $23,990 (plus on-road costs, which is up $1000, while the Multistrada 1200 S in iconic Ducati Red is $27,990 which is $1000 less then the S Touring and the Multistrada 1200 S in white is $28,490, the same as last year.
They all feature the new Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) which is common in most cars. However, in the Ducati system, the desmodromic valves are lifted mechanically rather than on springs.
What it means is a boost in power and torque, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions, but it won’t affect servicing intervals.
Ducati has also introduced four accessory packs that cost less than buying the individual accessories separately:
The Touring Pack contains heated grips, side luggage panniers and centre stand and costs $1787.
The $1787 Sport Pack features a Termignoni muffler, carbon fibre front mudguard and machined-from-billet aluminium brake and clutch reservoir caps.
The Urban Pack at $1098 has a rear topbox and tank bag with lock and USB power hub for charging.
The $1787 Enduro Pack tackles off-road with fog lights and Ducati Performance components by Touratech which includes engine protection bars, radiator guard, oil sump guard, bigger sidestand base and off-road footrest.
The first customer pre-ordered Multistradas are set to arrive in Australia mid-May with availability for test rides at authorised Ducati dealerships later in the month.
The Multistrada 1200 also features Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which dynamically measures roll, yaw and pitch angles as well as the rate of their change to manage the ABS.
It has a cornering system which controls braking even on bends where wheel lock could cause skidding.
It also controls the Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) in its full LED headlamp which follows the corner.
IMU allows the introduction of Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) to detect, correct and control front wheel lift for maximum, safe acceleration.
Like Ducati Traction Control (DTC), DWC features rider-settable eight-level sensitivity.
Finally, IMU interacts with the latest evolution of the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system featured on the Multistrada 1200 S.
All models now come with 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 to activate 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, GPS instructions 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 and allows interaction with the ducati.com website and social networks.