Ducati has lit up the news recently with the announcement of its 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer that has been producing some of the finest touring bikes for decades has found a way to express their appreciation for loyal consumers who enjoy touring in comfort and style without foregoing elements of power and control. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the new Ducati that might give you a reason to visit your local dealership.
1. There is no sacrifice of power
The first thing one considers when browsing for a touring bike is comfort. A part of rider comfort is having ample power to complete the package. Ducati has ensured that performance is a large part of the total package. The new Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour makes no sacrifice in this arena as it is equipped with a Ducati TEstrastretta Desmodromic Variable Timing engine for optimal performance at high speeds. At low to medium speeds, power is regulated to deliver torque at increasing levels. The displacement is 1262 cc delivering 158 horsepower and 129 Nm, 95 lb-ft of torque at 7,500 RPM.
2. The design is harmonious
The Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour for 2020 features a design that is both dynamic and harmonious for those who insist on power and comfort as a package deal. The design features a tone on tone combination of a Sandstone Grey in a matte finish which gives it a sophisticated appeal. The application of the Ducati red frame along with the same color in contrasting details including the fairing and the wheel rims lend a sporty touch that gives it a smart and lively look at first glance.
3. The advanced ABS and IMU are modern conveniences
When it comes to creating a grand touring bike the elements of creature comforts and a bit of luxury are necessary elements. The electronic equipment in the new Multistrada includes an ABS cornering system to keep the tires planted firmly on the pavement. This is aided by the Inertial Measurement Unit that sends information to the ECU about the position of the bike along with the speed for optimal control when making corners.
4. You stay connected on the 2020 Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour
Another necessary feature for modern times is connectedness. The Grand Tour is equipped with standard Bluetooth through the Ducati Multimedia System that is compatible with a smartphone. It allows riders to listen to music or answer phone calls with the push of a button that is located on the handlebar. Riders can connect with the outside world while attending to the business of riding in safety. A high-resolution color TFT dashboard screen that is 5″ displays all needed information to make these features easy to access and convenient thanks to a user-friendly readout display.
5. It comes with cruise control
The Ducati Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour features electronic cruise control for setting the desired cruising speed with the touch of a button. The design team placed the buttons to control this feature on the handlebar on the left side. They integrated it into the switchgear. This takes a load off when traveling for long stretches of open highway.
6. The hands-free system offers additional convenience
The Grand Tour is loaded with premium features that help fulfill the promise of the name. One of them is the hands-free system that is set up to open the tank filler plug without the need to fumble around with a key. It also comes with a set of saddlebags with a large volume capacity for storing your traveling necessities in style. This bike is decked out for touring for long stretches.
7. The new LED lighting system is premium
The luxury comfort and high level of functionality of the 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is the lighting system. The new LED lighting system featuring full LED headlights is a premium feature that lights your way in the dark and makes sure that everyone else on the road sees you as well. The cornering lights are DCL.
8. The VHC is stock
The Grand Tour features Ducati’s patented Skyhook Suspension Evo DSS Evolution. The semi-active suspension is complemented with the Vehicle Hold Control, all as standard equipment. It’s the performing version to maximize control of the bike.
9. The technology of the electronics is advanced
This bike is also equipped with the TFT instrument panel that features not only high-resolution but displays the information that you need when you’re on the road through the use of advanced technology. The Human Machine Interface, otherwise known as HMI is a new cutting edge technology that ensures you get the information you need in the screen display.
10. The 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is their best touring bike to date
Reviewers have test-driven and admired the new 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour with a discriminating demeanor to identify what they liked about the bike and what they didn’t. While there are few that earn perfect reviews, particularly when there are multiple testers giving them a spin, it’s emerged with some decent scores. It ranked high in its advanced electronics technology, as well as the smoothness of the ride. It also gets kudos for the Brembo braking system and the Bosch ABS 9.1ME Cornering control which is a special feature that is a component o the Ducati Safety Pack. When everything is considered, the Italian tourer falls into the category of a powerful bike that offers a luxury ride for those who enjoy taking thing s across the country. It’s set up for comfort and stability for long hours in between rest stops. It’s classy and aesthetically pleasing to offer riders a sense of pride and happiness out on the open road. Combine this with high performance and functionality in a premium luxury bike and you have one of the best touring bikes in the brand’s history.