Review: 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour

Ducati has just released their newest model of their best-selling series. The Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour motorcycle, is perfect for your touring needs. This is a touring bike that is meant to go cross-country and long distances. With its new uber cushioned seats that make a very comfortable ride. It has the majority of features which come with the S models, with some added changes. Such as exclusive colorway, premium electronic features. Heated grips and tire pressuring monitoring system. And keyless starting, fuel tank access, dual-LED spotlights, and night-time visibility.

Engine and brakes

It has a 1260 cc eight-valve Desmo Testastretta engine. With an exclusive DVT (Desmo variable valve timing). With this, it massages the bottom end torque. When twisting the throttle, you will have a massive torque from above 3,500 rpm. This is more notably in lower rpms. The throttle is almost seamless, and it is powerful. The Multistrada has a peak torque of 89 lb-ft at 7,800 rpm. With a peak of 143 hp at 9,800 rpm.

The brakes are a pair of 330 mm discs squeezed by Brembo m50 calipers. It has fantastic braking power. It is built to handle the Multistrada, braking with immediacy. It comes equipped with cornering abs and traction control. With 17” cast wheels with Pirelli Scorpion tires.

Ergonomics and suspension

The position for riding on the 1260 is comfortable. On the downside, it can lock you into one position. There are some issues for those who like to rest the balls of their feet on the pegs. As your feet will hit something. The heat shield on the right and the center stand on the left. To avoid this, you’ll need to rest the arches of your feet on the pegs. The handlebars help the bike to become more flickable due to its width. It twists and turns around corners with ease even and power. There’s an adjustable windscreen too.

The suspension can be fully adjustable, even when you’re on the fly. Due to its accessibility on the grips. Allowing the suspension to easily soak up any broken roads. With the front suspension of Sachs 48 mm forks. And the rear suspension of a fully adjustable Sachs unit. The DDS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) allows this easy adjustability.

Electronics

There is a 5” TFT display which is informative. You can customize and fine-tune to suit your needs to perfection. It offers the ability to connect with your smartphone with Bluetooth. It is built towards those grand touring enthusiasts very effectively. It features ride support and assistance, in the likelihood of an accident. The safety system monitors the attitude and speed of the bike. It offers traction control, wheelie control. Also, cornering ABS, wire throttle response, and more. This bike is amazing; it has a claimed weight of 518 pounds.

Specifications

Engine type

DVT with desmodromic Variable L-Twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder, dual spark liquid cooled

Displacement

1,262 cc

Bore x stroke

106 x 71.5 mm

Compression ratio

13.1:1

Transmission

6 gears

Fuel system

Bosch electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-wire, equivalent diameter 56 mm

Clutch

Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control, self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run

Ignition/ Engine Management

Bosch EMS with RBW

Frame

Tubular steel Trellis frame

Front Suspension

Sach 48 mm fully adjustable usd forks. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with DSS

Rear suspension

Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring preload adjustment with Ducati skyhook suspension (DSS) Evo. Aluminum single-sided swingarm

Front brake

2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo monobloc Evo M50 4-piston caliper, 2-pad, radial pump with cornering ABS as standard equipment

Rear brake

265 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper, with cornering ABS as standard equipment

Front wheel

5-spoke Y-shape cast light alloy 3.50” x 17”

Rear wheel

5-spoke Y-shape cast light alloy 6.00”

Front tire

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70 R17

Rear tire

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 190/55 R17

Silencer

Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda proves, aluminum tail pipes

Rake/trail

25º/4.37 in.

Wheelbase

62.4 in.

Seat height

32.5-33.3 in.

Fuel capacity

5.3 gallons

Dry weight

525 claimed