Ducati’s continent bashing Multistrada Enduro will be getting more power and more technology in 2019, with the Bologna company transplanting the 158bhp Testastretta DVT motor from the Multistrada 1260 into the more off-road orientated model, to create the Multistrada 1260 Enduro.
Packing an extra 64cc, the latest incarnation of the 90-degree V-twin, which runs Ducati’s variable valve timing system, is smoother and torquier than the engine it replaces, making it even more suitable for lazy touring and tackling loose terrain. In true Multistrada style, the Enduro is packed with gadgets, with riding modes, up and down quickshifter and a comprehensive safety pack that includes Bosch cornering ABS, cornering lights, wheelie control, traction control and a hill start function Ducati calls ‘Vehicle Hold Control’.
One of the most imposing things about the old Multistrada was its sheer size, and although the 2019 incarnation is no 125, Ducati has revised the ergonomics and lowered the seat, handlebars and centre of gravity, which should make it more manageable for average sized riders.
Ultimately, Ducati has developed the Multistrada Enduro to cover big miles in even the toughest terrains. That means a huge 30-litre fuel tank, long travel semi-active suspension and spoked wheels (19” front and 17” rear) capable of taking off-road style enduro tyres.
Riders can also use Ducati’s Link App to adjust the various riding modes and electronic interventions, as well as recording routes. There are also plenty of accessories, including massive luggage options for serious tourists.
The new bike will be available in Ducati Red and Sand colour options, and will be on display at next month’s Motorcycle Live show, before going on sale in early 2019.