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Multistrada 1260S Grand Tour Arrival

POSTED: 30/11/2019

We are pleased to announce the Arrival on the new Multistrada 1260S Grand Tour, it is now avaliable to view and order.



The new Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is the Multistrada that better expresses the concept of premium touring bike, for those who love to travel without sacrificing anything.

The design, performance and comfort of the Multistrada 1260 S blend with a rich standard equipment and an exclusive livery.



The Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour can be easily identified thanks to the harmonious and dynamic design characteristic of the Multistrada family ad to the exclusive Grand Tour livery.

The smart matte Sandstone Grey colour and the tone-on-tone 1260 logo on the side of the bike, combined with the Ducati red frame.



Thanks to the 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine and the 4 Riding Modes, the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is suitable both for daily use and for travelling, as it can also be a faithful companion for long trips when two-ups and with luggage. 

This is possible because 85% of the torque delivered by the Testastretta DVT twin-cylinder engine is already available at 3,500 rpm. The maximum power of 158 hp is available at 9,500 rpm and maximum torque of 13.2 kgm at 7,500 rpm are always easy to manage thanks to the Ride by Wire system ensuring smooth throttle control and to the Riding Modes that turn the Multistrada into four different bikes, depending on the rider's requirements: more sporty, more tourer for long trips, more for commuting or for enduro.

Moreover, thanks to the Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS) you can stop thinking about the clutch in mountain roads full of bends, thus simply enjoying your ride as gear shifts will be smooth and accurate no matter if you're shifting up or down.

The Testastretta engine also combines top-class performance with long maintenance intervals: oil changes are scheduled every 15,000 km, while the "Desmo Service" is required every 30,000 km; these distances allow you to enjoy all your travels, even the longest rides, without any worries.


DVT system

Developed and fine-tuned by Ducati engineers, the DVT system optimises performance and fluidity of delivery at all end speed levels. The Ducati Testrastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine, which varies both the timing of the camshaft that controls the intake valves, and the camshaft that controls the exhaust valves independently, it optimizes performance at high speeds to achieve maximum power, while improving smooth delivery and increasing torque at low and medium range speeds. This means you have an engine that changes its characteristics by continuously varying the rpm without the rider even noticing it, remaining within the Euro 4 approval requirements whilst paying great attention to fuel consumption. 


Displacement and torque  

Thanks to its new displacement of 1262 cm3, the new Multistrada 1260 engine sets outstanding new riding and performance standards. In developing this new engine, derived from the unit fitted on the new Multistrada 1200, Ducati engineers focused on guaranteeing the maximum and best possible torque delivery at low and mid range engine speeds. 85% of the torque is in fact already available below 3,500 rpm with an 18% increase in the curve at 5,500 rpm compared to the previous model. All this makes the new Multistrada 1260 the motorcycle with the highest torque value in its category, an exceptional 4,000 rpm, i.e. the average rpm rate used when riding. To reach this new displacement level, the piston stroke was increased from 67.9 to 71.5 mm (the bore remains 106 mm). This was achieved thanks to the use of new connecting rods, a new crankshaft and new cylinders. The DVT system was then recalibrated to maximise mid to low range engine torque delivery, leading to a maximum power of 158 hp at 9,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 13.2 kgm at 7,500 rpm. 



The Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour, in terms of electronic equipment, is a benchmark. The IMU inertial platform (Inertial Measurement Unit) provides the ECU precious information concerning bike position and speed in space thereby allowing operation of the ABS Cornering, of the Cornering Lights (DCL) - present in the full LED headlight fitted to the bike - and of the Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC). 

Both DWC and DTC can be customised by the rider through 8 levels or can be disabled. Standard equipment for the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour also includes the Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) and the semi-active suspension control Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS).

For carefree travel on the motorway, as on all Multistrada 1260 models, the Grand Tour also features the cruise control that allows the rider to set a cruising speed using the buttons integrated in the switchgear located on the left side of the handlebar. This model also features a standard Bluetooth module that, through the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), allows the rider to connect the motorcycle with his/her smartphone and manage its main functions (answering calls and listening to music) by means of the buttons on the handlebar and displaying the relevant information on the high-resolution 5” colour TFT dashboard, which marks new standards for user-friendliness and easy readout view.

The Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour is equipped with a Hands Free system that not only allows starting the bike, but also opening the tank filler plug without using the key.


Chassis and ergonomics

Chassis dimensions of the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour, together with the 17" alloy wheels, ensure an efficient and responsive ride in bends and also utmost stability, even when fully loaded and at high speed, with panniers and passenger. 

The ergonomics of the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour was designed to ensure a natural, comfortable and relaxing riding position in case of long trips, both for the rider and for the passenger, and at the same time a riding stance that could be dynamic, active and performing when bends spark your desire for fun.



Designed for travelling, the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is equipped with side panniers, centre stand and special seat bearing the Grand Tour logo as standard. 

To offer utmost comfort also to the most demanding travellers, the Grand Tour is also equipped as standard with heated handgrips, additional LED spotlights, hands free tank filler plug and tyre pressure monitoring sensor, which allows for these parameters to be displayed on the instrument panel.

Furthermore, like for the rest of the Multistrada family, a wide range of accessories is available: touring or sporty ones and other more focused on off-road or urban use.