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Multi 1260 für 2018

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Hier die Pikes Peak Variante:

 

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For the 2018 model year, we see one of our favorite bikes in the Ducati lineup getting the 1260 update. We are of course talking about the 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Pikes Peak.

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Pikes Peak takes its name from one of America’s oldest racing venues, and as a result it is the sportiest version of Ducati’s adventure-touring machines.

Now fitted with Ducati’s Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, the Multistrada 1260 S Pikes Peak makes 85% of its torque below 3,500 rpm on the v-twin engine. That is a good thing, because Ducati says the bulk of Multistrada owners rarely get above 6,000 rpm on their machines.

This makes the 1,262cc engine the perfect candidate for low-revving excursions, like the ones you would take down a dusty fire road. For the sports-focused Pikes Peak model, the choice is a little bit more curious, but we won’t scuff at the 158hp on tap.

It is curious to see Ducati go through all the effort to make such a special machine, but yet do very little in terms of what would increase the Multistrada 1260’s on-road performance, like addressing the lack of ground clearance for the rider’s feet and footpegs – a problem that continues on with this third-generation build.

What is even more curious though is so obviously filming the promo video (below) in Europe, instead of at the bike’s namesake. It leaves us feeling like the whole message from Ducati is a bit inauthentic, sort of like a 500+ lbs “sportbike” that has no ground clearance. Humpf.

It does look good though.

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For the 2018 model year, the Ducati Multistrada gets a bevy of updates, and thus becomes the Ducati Multistrada 1260. As the name change suggests, the new Italian ADV machine features the 1,262cc DVT engine, previously found only on the Ducati XDiavel.

The changes for the 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 extend beyond just the motor though, and if you look closely, you will see that Ducati’s engineers have made several tweaks and changes to the Multistrada 1200’s steel trellis chassis.

Of course, what people are really going to talk about is the much anticipated Testastretta DVT 1262, which makes 158hp in its Multistrada 1260 form.

The larger engine was designed to make its power down low (aided by its variable valve technology), and the Italians say that the Ducati Multistrada 1260 makes 85% of its torque below 3,500 rpm. 

For bonus fun, Ducati has also made available an optional up-and-down quickshifter, which is standard on the various “S” models in the lineup (the Ducati Multistrada 1260 S is shown above).

The entire Multistrada lineup gets this new 1,262cc motor, including the very handsome Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Pikes Peak version, which tips the scales at 454 lbs (dry) – 6 lbs lighter than the Multistrada 1260 base model.

Service intervals on the valves is set at 18,000 miles, which should allay the fears of road warriors that have previously shied away from Italian ADV bikes. No word on pricing yet, however.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260:
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2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S D-Air:
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