Ducati India today announced the launch of Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S in India at an introductory price of INR 15,99,000 and INR 18,06,000 respectively, Ex-Showroom Pan India. The Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S offer a top of the line sport touring experience, yet again revolutionizing the motorcycling world with its versatility, aesthetics and ease of riding. The Multistrada 1260 retains the defining traits of the family – clean surfaces, taut lines and contrasting front and rear visual mass – and brings them to an unprecedented level of quality and finish. The new Multistrada 1260 exemplifies Ducati’s meticulous attention to detail with optimum balance of weight, performance & ergonomics.
With its increased displacement, now 1262 cc (previously 1198.4 cc), the Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine sets the new benchmark for rideability and performance. The DVT system has been recalibrated to maximise low-to-mid range torque delivery, bringing maximum output to 158 hp at 9,750 rpm and maximum torque to 13.2 kgm at 7,500 rpm. The Euro 4 approved engine offers the highest torque output in its class at 4,000 rpm, i.e. in the most frequently used rpm range – with 85% of the torque available under 3,500 rpm, delivery at 5,500 rpm is 18% higher compared to the preceding model. Everything on the Multistrada 1260 has been designed for practicality and effectiveness.
Controlling such power, delivery is made easy by the new Ride-by-Wire system ensuring smoother throttle control significantly improving the riding experience offered by the DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) Up & Down. The updated chassis, with a longer swinging arm and wheelbase and revised geometry up front, makes for sharper handling in curves, and ensures full stability even when riding two-up at full load with the side panniers.
With its upright riding position and multiple riding modes, the new Multistrada 1260 can transform from a quiet urban commuter to an aggressive sport-touring machine with the push of a few buttons. The S version’s five Y-spoke wheels are a signature element, and the machine also features a full LED headlight with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) functionality, this activates in curves to give optimal illumination of the road surface based on lean angle. It also sports a Bluetooth module as standard – this activates the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and can connect the bike to a smartphone for user-friendly control of basic functions such as receiving incoming calls, notification of text messages, or playing music via the handlebar controls.
The Multistrada 1260 range is geared with top-notch electronic features like Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) Bosch Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Cruise Control, Backlit handlebar switches, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) amongst others, setting a benchmark in motorcycle electronics. Multistrada 1260 also comes with a new Hands-Free system for enhanced security. The maintenance interval has been extended to every 30,000 km with “Desmo Service” and oil change at every 15,000 km ensuring the rider can go longer biking trips without worrying about maintenance.