2016 Ducati Multistrada -18

The 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 and 1200 S were showcased at the Next Bike showroom in Petaling Jaya on February 19. Evolving from the original Multistrada 1100, the new-generation Multistrada 1200 features the latest Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine which has independent control of the intake and exhaust camshafts.

Of special note is the valve clearance interval for the 2016 Multistrada, which has now been bumped up to 30,000 km, from 24,000 km previously. The oil service interval is 7,500 km, up from 6,000 km, which was confirmed by Mathan Kumar, head of service for Next Bike. Ducati has recommended that Malaysian bikes have a shorter interval instead of the 15,000 kms between oil changes that European Multistradas get.

This multi-purpose styled machine is intended for all types of riding, from sport riding, to touring to cruising, but it’s real forte is high-speed on the highways and back roads. The DVT system is designed to optimise performance throughout the engine rev range, enabling power high up in the rev range, and low-end torque and smaller throttle openings, all the while with fuelling optimised and in compliance with Euro Four. This gives the Multistrada 1200 160 hp and 136 Nm torque.

An Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) measures the 2016 Multistrada’s roll, yaw and pitch. This information is fed into the engine management unit and hence to the ABS, allowing for controlled braking even when heeled over in corners without having the tyres lose traction.

Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) corrects front wheel lift to ensure maximum grip and acceleration and grip, and can be disabled for maximum fun. The 1200 S also gets Ducati’s “Skyhook” active suspension, which keeps both wheels planted firmly.

Both multi-purpose machines come with cruise control and ABS as standard, and the 1200 S has the added functionality of Bluetooth, that lets the rider connect a smartphone to the bike’s systems. Data such as ride information, and routes is recorded, and can be later uploaded to the internet and social media.

The 1200 S also comes with cornering lights that are activated when the bikes senses the rider leaning into a corner and a multi-colour LCD display. Ferrari had a hand in the development of the Multistrada’s electronics, leveraging on the partnership between the two companies that race in rosso red.

Available in Ducati racing red, the 2016 Multistrada 1200 and 1200 S are currently available for sale. The Multistrada 1200 retails for RM119,999 on-the-road including GST and excluding insurance, while the 1200 S sets the owner back RM135,999 on-the-road with GST and excluding insurance.

In an exclusive aside, an internal source from Ducati Malaysia informed paultan.org that six new models were expected in Malaysia by the third quarter. These are the 2016 Hypermotard and Hyperstrada 939, the Panigale 959, the Multistrada Enduro and the Scrambler 400.