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Ducati Unveils All-New 2013 Multistrada 1200 Granturismo Story by Vicki Schouten; with files from Ducati

Ducati Unveils All-New 2013 Multistrada 1200 Granturismo

Written by  on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:46

Ducati unveiled their 2013 Multistrada 1200 line-up at Intermot in Cologne, Germany today, including an all-new Granturismo model.

Based on the Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the premium Grantourismo model boasts several upgrades that underlie its status as Ducati’s flagship touring motorcycle.

While side-luggage increases capacity from 58 to 73 litres and a 48 litre top-case is fitted as standard equipment on the new model, three weatherproof interior soft-bags provide easy cargo removal upon arrival. A Ducati Performance Comfort Seat further enhances long journey enjoyment for the rider, as does the backrest built into the top-case for the passenger. Also for the rider, an extra 20mm in the bar-risers provide a more upright riding position, improving posture during long distance travel and increasing ease-of-handling when the Granturismo is fully loaded, while specially extended screen ensures added wind-protection.

Further journey-derived components fitted as original equipment include new Pirelli Angel GT tires, engine protection bars in tubular steel and additional LED aluminum-cased spotlights. The new lights, which are operated by a dedicated switch on the left-hand handlebar, not only give the Granturismo enhanced visibility to other road-users, but also enhance peripheral illumination when traveling on unknown and poorly lit routes.

The Granturismo comes in touring grey with racing grey frame and black wheels, with luggage styled with a subtle black finish.

Perhaps the most significant change to the Multistrada line-up is the all-new innovative suspension system developed by Ducati. The ‘S’ versions of the Multistrada 1200 are now equipped with electronic 48mm Sachs front forks and rear single shock, both featuring the new Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system. According to Ducati, the new technology features a semi-active suspension management that constantly re-adjusts damping to maintain optimum vehicle composure.

The DSS system uses a number of sensors situated both on the “sprung” and “unsprung” sides of the chassis to calculate the smoothest possible operation. Vertical accelerometers situated on the front lower triple-clamp and in the rear sub-frame deliver “sprung” data, while additional sensors on the front fork leg lower and rear swingarm - close to the wheel hubs - deliver “unsprung” data. DSS then uses an algorithm in its programming which considers an imaginary fixed reference point above the vehicle: “a hook in the sky”. The system then responds to the inputs of both the vehicle and wheel movements with instantaneous damping adjustments to help maintain a constant relationship between the Multistrada and the reference point, providing optimum vehicle equilibrium and a smoother ride.

2013 Multistrada 1200 S Grantourismo Features Overview:

  • Second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine
  • Latest Bosch ABS 9ME anti-lock braking system
  • New 1199 Panigale wheel styles
  • New headlight with LED low-beam illumination
  • Hazard lights
  • Larger screen with easy, pinch-and-slide adjustment
  • Larger cockpit stowage with easy push-push lid latch
  • Aesthetic enhancements (Front fairing, headlight, screen)
  • Progressive spring (rear suspension)
  • Extended screen
  • Larger side luggage
  • Top case
  • Internal soft bags for luggage
  • Pirelli Angel GT tires
  • 20mm higher handlebars
  • Ducati Performance Comfort Seat
  • LED spotlights
  • Engine crash-bars

Ducati bases its Mutlistrada collection on the “Four-Bikes-In-One” concept that is achieved by selecting from a choice of four pre-set modes programmed to instantly change the engine character and chassis set-up of the Multistrada 1200 - even while riding. The four modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro) are made possible by combining a number of class-leading technologies.

Ride-by-Wire and Traction Control are also standard on all 2013 Multistrada models, including the Grantourismo.

Canadian pricing for the 2013 Ducati Multistrada Grandtourismo is not yet available but Inside Motorcycles will provide updated information as it becomes available. 

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