Ducati brings in Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S
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Ducati has launched the new and updated 2018 Multistrada 1260 starting at an introductory price of Rs 15.99 lakh. The bike is available in two variants in India – the 1260 and the higher-spec 1260 S. The latter is priced at Rs 18.06 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom, India). The 1260 is the company’s flagship adventure-tourer and comes with a number of changes over the model it replaces. These updates include additional power, a revised chassis and new equipment.

The Multistrada 1260 uses a larger engine with the 1,262 cc, DVT Testastretta engine, which gets a displacement bump, more power and torque. The L-twin puts out 158 bhp at 9,750 rpm and peak torque of 129.5 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The engine is said to deliver better low- and mid-range torque, producing 85 per cent of its torque below 3,500 rpm. The S variant also features the Ducati Quickshifter and cornering headlights. The Multistrada 1260 has an extended maintenance interval with oil changes required at every 15,000 km and valve adjustments at 30,000 km.

The motorcycle also gets a new ride-by-wire systemalong with updated chassis, with a longer swingarm and wheelbase and revised geometry up front, makes for sharper handling in curves and ensures better stability when riding two-up at full load with the side panniers.

“Eight years of Multistrada innovation has led to the production of this masterpiece, directed to expand every adventure enthusiast’s comfort zone with its versatility”. said Sergi Canovas, managing director of Ducati India. “The new Multistrada 1260 range is a consummate sport-touring adventure bike, designed for those who hope to ride greater distances and enjoy a good rev around twisty roads. The Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S is a testament to our commitment to bring the best of Italian design, engineering and performance to Indian roads.”

Globally,  the Multistrada 1260 is available in four variants, 1260, 1260 S, the S D|air and the Pikes Peak. Like before, the standard 1260 do without the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS). The 1260 S, meanwhile, does get DSS and it shares its 48mm fork and a fully-adjustable Sachs monoshock with the rest of the Multistrada variants. The bike also features updates to the chassis, including a 48mm longer swingarm and increased steering rake (from 24 to 25 degrees). These changes have resulted in a longer wheelbase (1,585mm), up by 56mm compared to the older model. The dry weights of 209kg (1260) and 212kg (1260 S) have remained unchanged from the previous model.

Bookings for the Multistrada 1260 and Multistrada 1260 S have been started by the company and deliveries will start by end of June 2018 across all Ducati dealerships in Delhi – NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata & Chennai.

neeraj.jha@mydigitalfc.com

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Neeraj Jha