Ducati launches the Multistrada 1200 Enduro
Ducati is heading into the unknown. It still makes some ass-kicking sportsbikes, super-nakeds and multi-purpose machines, but it's trying something new with the I'm-a-real-cruiser XDiavel, and now, it's going somewhere it hasn't gone before\: off-road.
You see, while the Multistrada has always been the master-of-all-trades sort of motorcycle, the one thing it wasn't really meant to do was conquer the wild. That sort of changes with the arrival of the Enduro, and no, it's not just a Multi with knobby tyres and more ground clearance. Ducati has done a proper job with this one.
The Enduro has 266 completely new parts -- that's a third of all components that come together to form an Enduro. Out go the alloys, in come the wire spokes, an upswept single can exhaust replaces the dual can setup, the single-sided swingarm has been ditched for a sturdier double-sided unit, the wheels (front's a 19, two inches up on the 1200 S) have 30mm more travel, there's 31mm of added clearance, the bike's longer, with a stretched wheelbase, and at 254kg wet, it's 22 kilos heavier, too. Oh, and it has a larger fuel tank (30 litres instead of the 1200 S' 20; a claimed range of 450km) so you don't run out of gas on your exploratory rides.
While it retains the Multi's 158bhp, 136Nm, 1198cc L-twin, it has different gearing, as well as a new engine map, which provides better low-end torque, something that'll come in pretty handy on a bike that's supposed to be doing some serious low-speed stuff. Like the regular Multi, the Enduro possesses ride modes, the Skyhook suspension system, fully adjustable electronic semi-active Sachs suspension, wheelie and traction control, as well as cornering ABS. Plus, it's also packing Ducati's new Vehicle Hold Control, which holds the bike in place on hills with up to 46 degrees of incline.
The Enduro costs Rs 17.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is almost a lakh on top of a 1200 S' price, and you can jack it up further by opting for one of the four customisation kits on offer -- Enduro, Sport, Urban and Touring. With the Enduro, Ducati is now in proper adventure-tourer territory, and will only have to do battle with the BMW R1200 GS... till the Honda Africa Twin arrives sometime next year. This one's going to get dirty...