Naza’s Ducati arm Next Bikes Sdn Bhd launches the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 earlier late last week and the event was graced by the lovely Joanna Belle Ng, Miss Unvierse Malaysia 2009.

The Multistrada 1200 was first revealed at the 2009 Milan International Motorcycle Show. It’s described by Ducati as being four bikes in one, which combines the sport, touring, urban and enduro concepts. The bike has an upright riding position like a touring bike but is smaller. For safety, it includes a Bosch-Brembo ABS system on the S model and comes standard with an eight-stage traction control system, which has a response time in the milliseconds. Other standard equipment on the 1200S model includes the Ducati Electronic Suspension by Ohlins.

“Ducati has designed a motorcycle to tackle all kinds of journeys and road surfaces using technology derived from the Bologna made race bikes in MotoGP and World Superbike,” said Naza Group Joint Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dato Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri Nasimuddin.

Ducati aimed to make the 2010 Multistrada a far more flexible bike than anything it replaces. It was to offer proper sportsbike performance, true long-range touring abilities, easy commuting and a genuine ability to get off-road and play in the dirt. The new bike boasts some 150hp at 9,250rpm and 118.7Nm of torque at 7,500rpm, a detuned version of the 1198’s motor – more than the 90 horsepower of the older Multistrada 1100DS.

Total ownership cost has been improved as well – Ducati has increased the time between major services to an owner-friendly 24,000km. The doubling of the mileage between valve clearance inspection has been made possible with the introduction of a new valve seat material that is combined with improved combustion efficiency and temperature management.

The new Duke’s pricetag is anticipated to be between RM120k for the standard model up to RM139k for the top of the range, but confirmed pricing will only be unveiled later.

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