Ducati has unveiled an enduro version of its Multistrada 1260 with the variable valve engine, a quickhsifter and new styling and colour.
The Multistrada 1260 Enduro will be previewed in November at the EICMA fair in Milan and arrive at dealerships starting from early 2019.
There is no confirmation when it will arrive in Australia or the pricing, but it will be available in red or a new “sand” colour.
The current Multistrada 1200 Enduro is on a special runout offer from $24,790 ride away.
Like the Multistrada 1200 Enduro which was introduced in 2016, the 1260 Enduro adds tubeless knobbly tyres, 19-inch front wheel, more rugged bodywork and a 30-litre tank.
It is powered by the 158hp 1262cc Testastretta DVT with variable cam timing which debuted last year on the Multistrada 1260.
It has an extra 64cc of displacement and smoother power delivery from lower revs, allowing less frequent gear shifts.
The Testastretta engine has Riding Modes, a new Ride by Wire function for smoother throttle control, and Ducati Quick Shift Up & Down for clutchless gear changes.
Standard electronics included are Bosch Cornering ABS, Cornering Lights, Wheelie Control, Traction Control and Vehicle Hold Control, making this bike the segment benchmark.
It features recalibrated electronic semi-active Sachs suspension with 185mm of travel front and rear and a 30-litre fuel tank with a range of 450km.
They have “revised” the ergonomics so the seat, handlebar and centre of gravity are lower than on the 1200.
It also has a new “Human Machine Interface” with a 5″ TFT colour display and switchgear to control all bike settings, functions and the Ducati Multimedia System.
It connects the bike to the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth allowing access to incoming calls, text messaging, music, etc.
Other Multistrada 1260 Enduro features include cruise control and a hands-free system.
It is compatible with the new Ducati Link App that allows riders set the journey mode (a combination of Load and Riding Mode) and personalise the parameters of each Riding Mode (ABS, Ducati Traction Control, etc.) via their smartphones.
This App also provides maintenance deadline info, a user manual and a Ducati Store locator. It also lets riders record performance and routes so they can share their Enduro 1260 riding experiences.
Dedicated accessories include aluminium panniers and top box, and Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro packages.