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Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT comes from we be presented on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and the time is already on the first balance sheet and invited to the event. That is the evolution of the big sports trail today featuring a variable distribution, further electronics and ultra sophisticated equipment?

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

Here is our response to hot.

Five years after the presentation of the first Multistrada 1200, it is again on the island of Lanzarote that Ducati has invited us to get acquainted with the vintage 2015, showcase technological road of Borgo Panigale firm.

Because it must be admitted that, to mark the spirits on a segment where premium manufacturers compete in ingenuity, the Italians have not skimped on innovations and sophistication to their big trail.

Already, the new Ducati 1200 Multistrada is the first Ducati to adopt variable distribution DVT, which is permanently on the valve lift settings: unreleased on a motorcycle.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

In addition to limit consumption, this technology is designed to make the engine more docile, while preserving its effectiveness. The Multistrada 2015 also won 10 horses and 1.2 daN.m in passing.

She also embarked an advanced electronics – inertial measurement unit managing the traction control, the anti-squat and active ABS curved – inherited from 1299 Panigale. Nothing that much!

The S version, finally, shows the latest evolution of electronic semi-active suspensions Shy hook. More versatile than ever, this new Multistrada? See this without further delay.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

Ducati Multistrada 1200 More Comfort for All

We first discover the new Multistrada in standard version, the model S will come later. Referred to as “sensual” by designer sat the technical presentation and generous forms of dressing augur better protection than before.

Properly seated behind the handle right – but not too wide – I adopted a position little binding, typical of a trail. My (long)legs, little folded and less remote than before coil with ease against the sides of the redesigned tank.

And with a significantly low Saddle (845 mm from the ground, and still adjustable to 825 mm) and especially most notched, I have perfect support on the ground. Colleagues to more content template also seem to find their account.

My first kilometers confirm the increase in protection, at least for the bottom of the body. Arms, shoulders, top of the helmet however remain exposed at high speed even when the bubble, still easily adjustable while riding, is lifted to the maximum.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

However, between the natural riding position, the quality of the padding of the seat and rather flexible suspensions, I will recognize that comfort me seems to already be a strong point of this new Multistrada 1200.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Less violent  Less Efficient

More suave that she never was on the Multi, smooth acceleration response today the performance of the Testastretta 11 °. Perfect in the city, where you appreciate its flexibility, its linearity and the sense of control it exudes.

On the first three reports, the twin agrees to linger under the 3000 rpm on a net of gas. And if it significantly whirs at the opening, no vibration is felt in the feet and hands up to 7 500rpm / min. there, some tingling appear in the handlebar.

This progressivity appreciates as much in ride: stalled on the Touring mode, the twin offers indeed a first order approval there also showing unprecedented flexibility. Other side of the coin, I find this engine less demonstrative than before, at midrange, regardless of the method chosen.

Even stalled on the Sport mode, which is supposed to release without restraint the ardour of the mythical Italian L-twin, the explosiveness is less marked than in the past. Beware, I evokes not the efficiency of the engine also strong horsepower.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

Since past 5 500 rpm, it is clear that it is Street always as easily beyond the 10 000 rpm on the 4th and 5th reports. I just regret that the Catapult effect that characterized until then the Italian Sport trail is now less pronounced.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Race Rocking Horse

By disconnecting the ABS, traction control and the anti-wheeling on the Sport mode, I however find the parade and found almost intact sensations. What take full advantage of this new Multistrada rather incisive in the winding.

Easy to place, rigorous on the corner, agile and rather quick to tack, it is a dynamic and balanced bike we love to fly at pace. As, moreover, it is simply enjoy to kill miles.

At the front and the rear, braking is very efficient, powerful and perfectly dosed. The bite is even greater on the Cree Model high-end S, to the last Brembo calipers, but already on the standard version, each person finds his account, regardless of its use.

The absorption capacity of the suspensions of the Multistrada2015 “database” convinces. However, the elements fitted my motorcycle test, in particular the fork, are however very – or even too – flexible. An advantage in some paths travelled on the Enduro mode, such as single cruising or two on the secondary network.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

Sporty driving on the other hand, the side “rocking horse” is less pleasing. Consistent diving of the fork generates instability on the supported brakes. And when gas output curve, on the second or the third report, the direction feels lighter significantly. Fortunately, the system is fully adjustable and I imagine more sporty will strengthen everything in a few clicks…

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Offers “S” the Best Compromise

Directly opt for the S version, well better suspended. The top of the range Multistrada indeed has the latest evolution of the Ducati Shy hook suspensions. The system offers a response almost perfect, thinner and considerably more homogeneous than the standard version.

The plus is also sensitive in the estates of small bumps, the MTS-S seems to fly on large imperfections, better filtered. But the most remarkable is the maintenance of the base input curve and on the phases of recovery.

Combined with the different modes of conduct, DSS also offers an interesting compromise between firmness in sporty driving, and flexibility for the ride. On the other hand, if it sanitizes the Multistrada behavior in some cases, the nose gear remains somewhat unstable at high speed.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

As for electronic assistance, managed by the new case with inertial sensor, they offer a response adapted to the conditions and modes of conduct. If the anti-wheeling appeared to us a heightened sensitivity, ABS and traction control act with more finesse.

And once again, the whole configurable via a new command to the left commodo. Complex, navigation in the electronic interface is however not more intuitive.

Ducati Multi Sophistication

Ducati 1200 Multistrada 2015 also made a leap forward in terms of equipment. The new screen of the standard version remains legible in all circumstances and distills a sum of information usually reserved for the onboard computers.

And version S, the TFT screen is pleasant, both by the different arrangements proposed for the power of his light way Smartphone. A Bluetooth connection also allows view calls and messages, and manage the playlist on your MP3 player.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

At night, we were also able to test the new and practice sommodos backlit and the lighting led Adaptive DCL of the S version, really powerful. Last element embarked on both version: the speed controller with control very easy to manipulate left commodo.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT Harmony Trail Test

Appraisal Multistrada 1200 More Touring than Ever

Change of time! If the Multistrada could until then be regarded as more sporty road waders, hyper-trail of Bologna shows undeniably a new face today. With mechanical evolution and controlled performance, Italian turns benefit to tourism.

It retains its high effectiveness, and remains one of the big trails the most powerful market. But it turns out to be less exuberant than the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure for example.

With its modes of conduct better defined than before, his finest electronics safer on board, it is more versatile. This will certainly fill the bulk of the clientele of the segment, perhaps less hunters chronos of Alpine passes.

Ducati is also pay this evolution: €17 590 in basic version, compared to €16 390 in 2013. With a price of €19 890 appeal, the S version remains as it almost at the same price as its predecessor.

if we find the Multistrada globally successful 2015, despite some improved finishing details.

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