Exclusive Look at 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Nov 16, 2015 View Comments by

The Ducati Multistrada is no newcomer to the “street-trailie” genre. With the introduction of the 1000DS in 2003, the Italian company began its push into the dual sport realm (arguably, a realm they first entered back in 1962 with the introduction of the Scrambler – the subject of an upcoming RoadRUNNER story). Today at EICMA in Milan, Ducati unveiled what could potentially be a sea-change for this storied motorcycle.

On display is an imposing machine featuring wire-spoke tubeless wheels shod with Metzeler Karoo 3 tires (19-inch front, 17-inch rear), and a 30-liter fuel tank mounted roughly in line with the nosebleed-inducing 35-inch seat height. The TFT digital display technology is strikingly visible in any lighting situation, and is mounted behind a click-and-slide adjustable windshield. Skid plate, crash bars, seat, and panniers are among several of the Touratech parts visible through the thin layer of dust and mud still on the bike from a three-week adventure test ride through the Balkans.

With its 1200cc powerplant, electronically-controlled suspension, and svelte exhaust singing in a distinctly aggressive European voice that any Sturgis-going Harley-riding enthusiast would pause to appreciate, the 2016 Ducati Multistrada Enduro has clearly set its sights on market segments much further from the pristine pavement the earlier models called home. Take note however, while the on-board processors manage traction control, ABS, and whatever other features the rider elects to engage, the nearly 35-inch seat height makes this a bike best suited for those with an inseam to match.

Click here to see more at Ducati’s website.

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

 

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