The new Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is the Multistrada that better expresses the concept of premium touring bike, for those who love to travel without sacrificing anything.
The design, performance and comfort of the Multistrada 1260 S blend with a rich standard equipment and an exclusive livery.
The Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour can be easily identified thanks to the harmonious and dynamic design characteristic of the Multistrada family ad to the exclusive Grand Tour livery.
The smart matte Sandstone Grey colour and the tone-on-tone 1260 logo on the side of the bike, combined with the Ducati red frame and details on wheel rims and fairing, are a refined and yet sporty colour match.
Thanks to the 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine and the 4 Riding Modes, the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is suitable both for daily use and for travelling, as it can also be a faithful companion for long trips when two-ups and with luggage.
This is possible because 85% of the torque delivered by the Testastretta DVT twin-cylinder engine is already available at 3,500 rpm. The maximum power of 158 hp is available at 9,500 rpm and maximum torque of 13.2 kgm at 7,500 rpm are always easy to manage thanks to the Ride by Wire system ensuring smooth throttle control and to the Riding Modes that turn the Multistrada into four different bikes, depending on the rider's requirements: more sporty, more tourer for long trips, more for commuting or for enduro.
Moreover, thanks to the Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS) you can stop thinking about the clutch in mountain roads full of bends, thus simply enjoying your ride as gear shifts will be smooth and accurate no matter if you're shifting up or down.
The Testastretta engine also combines top-class performance with long maintenance intervals: oil changes are scheduled every 15,000 km, while the "Desmo Service" is required every 30,000 km; these distances allow you to enjoy all your travels, even the longest rides, without any worries.
Developed and fine-tuned by Ducati engineers, theDVT systemoptimises performance and fluidity of delivery at all end speed levels. The Ducati Testrastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine, which varies both the timing of the camshaft that controls the intake valves, and the camshaft that controls the exhaust valves independently, itoptimizes performance at high speedsto achieve maximum power, while improving smooth delivery and increasing torque at low and medium range speeds. This means you have an engine that changes its characteristics by continuously varying the rpm without the rider even noticing it, remaining within the Euro 4 approval requirements whilst paying great attention to fuel consumption.
Displacement and torque
Thanks to its new displacement of 1262 cm3, the new Multistrada 1260 engine sets outstandingnew riding and performance standards. In developing this new engine, derived from the unit fitted on the new Multistrada 1200, Ducati engineers focused on guaranteeing the maximum and best possible torque delivery at low and mid range engine speeds.85% of the torqueis in fact already availablebelow 3,500 rpmwith an 18% increase in the curve at 5,500 rpm compared to the previous model. All this makes the new Multistrada 1260 the motorcycle with the highest torque value in its category, an exceptional 4,000 rpm, i.e. the average rpm rate used when riding. To reach this new displacement level, the piston stroke was increased from 67.9 to 71.5 mm (the bore remains 106 mm). This was achieved thanks to the use ofnew connecting rods, a new crankshaft and new cylinders. The DVT system was then recalibrated to maximise mid to low range engine torque delivery, leading to a maximum power of 158 hp at 9,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 13.2 kgm at 7,500 rpm.
The Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour, in terms of electronic equipment, is a benchmark. The IMU inertial platform (Inertial Measurement Unit) provides the ECU precious information concerning bike position and speed in space thereby allowing operation of the ABS Cornering, of the Cornering Lights (DCL) - present in the full LED headlight fitted to the bike - and of the Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC).
Both DWC and DTC can be customised by the rider through 8 levels or can be disabled. Standard equipment for the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour also includes the Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) and the semi-active suspension control Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS).
For carefree travel on the motorway, as on all Multistrada 1260 models, the Grand Tour also features the cruise control that allows the rider to set a cruising speed using the buttons integrated in the switchgear located on the left side of the handlebar. This model also features a standard Bluetooth module that, through the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), allows the rider to connect the motorcycle with his/her smartphone and manage its main functions (answering calls and listening to music) by means of the buttons on the handlebar and displaying the relevant information on the high-resolution 5” colour TFT dashboard, which marks new standards for user-friendliness and easy readout view.
The Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour is equipped with a Hands Free system that not only allows starting the bike, but also opening the tank filler plug without using the key.
Chassis and ergonomics
Chassis dimensions of the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour, together with the 17" alloy wheels, ensure an efficient and responsive ride in bends and also utmost stability, even when fully loaded and at high speed, with panniers and passenger.
The ergonomics of the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour was designed to ensure a natural, comfortable and relaxing riding position in case of long trips, both for the rider and for the passenger, and at the same time a riding stance that could be dynamic, active and performing when bends spark your desire for fun.
The S version suspensions of the Multistrada 1260 are of the semi-active type and are controlled by the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system.
The Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour features a Kayaba 48-mm upside-down front fork with dedicated cast leg, with fully adjustable features (spring preload, hydraulic brake in compression and rebound, all on both forks). At the rear a Sachs shock absorber connects the swingarm to the left cast subframe: once again the features are adjustable - remote spring preload with hydraulic torque and hydraulic brakes in compression and rebound. The spring is progressive, resulting in increased riding comfort even when carrying the maximum load allowed.
The S versions of the Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour are fitted with a 48-mm Sachs fork with the sleeves in the characteristic grey ceramic that identifies semi-active suspensions and forged legs. The rear shock absorber is manufactured by Sachs. Both the suspensions are of the semi-active type and are controlled by the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system. In addition to adjusting the compression and rebound damping adjustment and rear spring preloading, automatic and integrated in the Riding Mode or customisable via the on-board computer, the semi-active system continuously monitors these elements to ensure the perfect balance of the vehicle.
Both suspensions allow a 170 mm front and rear wheel travel, a value that guarantees absolute comfort when travelling even at higher load values, and extra safety when riding on soft off-road tracks.
The sensation of pure comfort is further enhanced in the S versions by the DSS Evolution function that allows the rider to quickly and easily adjust the track alignment of the bike according to the various riding configurations and the type of trip: single rider, rider with panniers, rider with pillion rider and rider with pillion rider and panniers.
Tires and rims
The Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is equipped with die-cast light alloy wheel rims featuring 5 Y-shaped spokes. The sizes are 3.50” x 17’’ on the front and 6.00” x 17” on the rear, with Pirelli SCORPION™ Trail II tyres in sizes 120/70 ZR17 and 190/55 ZR17.
Designed for travelling, the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is equipped with side panniers, centre stand and special seat bearing the Grand Tour logo as standard.
To offer utmost comfort also to the most demanding travellers, the Grand Tour is also equipped as standard with heated handgrips, additional LED spotlights, hands free tank filler plug and tyre pressure monitoring sensor, which allows for these parameters to be displayed on the instrument panel.
Furthermore, like for the rest of the Multistrada family, a wide range of accessories is available: touring or sporty ones and other more focused on off-road or urban use.
Heated plug-&-play handgrips.
By setting one of three available levels, you can avoid the cold and subsequent sore hands, to ride even on the coldest days.
Additional LED lights.
Reduced consumption and great luminosity for better visibility at night and in fog.
Hands-free tank filler plug.
Thanks to the electric opening system, refuelling becomes quick and needs no key. It automatically unlocks when the bike is switched off and locks again 60 seconds later if refuelling does not take place.
Tyre pressure sensors.
An accessory that ensures the control of the tyre pressure by transmitting the rolling data detected by the electronic components to the instrument panel. Thanks to this component, the manual pressure controls become superfluous, making it possible to immediately see any problems and guarantee maximum safety.