With an eye on the large-displacement overlander motorcycle market – a segment currently dominated by the BMW Motorrad GS-series dual-purpose machines, Ducati has launched the 2017 Ducati Multistrada Enduro Pro. As an extension of the current Multistrada Enduro, the Enduro Pro takes aim directly at the 1200 GS Rallye, currently the favoured weapon of choice for rider who eschew highways and paved roads, preferring their fun to be more muddy and dusty.

Carrying the Euro 4 compliant 1,198 cc Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) V-twin that puts out some 152 hp at 9,500 rpm and 128 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm, the Enduro Pro’s power plant is fed by twin 56 mm elliptical throttle bodies with Bosch EFI and ride-by-wire.

Coming in a very winsome matte-effect Sand colour scheme with textured surface finish on the front and tank cover, the Multistrada Enduro Pro also features a two-tone seat cover with the sub-frame and engine covers painted in black. Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres are fitted as standard, rolling on a 3 x 19-inch tubeless alloy spoked wheel in front, with a 4.50 x 17-incher in the rear.

Naturally, the Multistrada Enduro Pro comes with Ducati’s Skyhook Suspension Evo, which uses a pair of semi-active Sachs suspension units front and rear with 200 mm of travel. The front end is held up by 48 mm fully adjustable upside-down forks with electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment, while the rear is suspended by a fully adjustable monoshock with electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with pre-load being set electronically.

A full suite of electronic riding aids comes with the Enduro Pro, including power delivery and ride modes – the modes being Enduro, Touring, Sport and Urban. Also standard is cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) as well as Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) to ease uphill starts.

Putting the “Pro” in the Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro is a Ducati Performance brush bar by Touratech, fitted with LED lights, a low screen for standing on the footpegs riding and the road-legal Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni. The standard equipment package also includes cruise control and the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), which uses Bluetooth connectivity to connect the bike to the rider’s smartphone.

No word as yet from Ducati as to pricing or availability of the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro in the local market. For Malaysia, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro retails for between RM137,999 to RM157,999, while the base model Multistrada 1200 goes for RM114,999, sans Skyhook and LED lighting.