We can’t tell you how many times readers have complained to MD that “Naked bikes always get detuned motors” or “I think you can go just as fast on a bike that sits upright”. When we tested the Ducati Multistrada 1200, we knew it was good, damn good. When we read that Cycle World recently named the new Multistrada to its 10 Best List, as “best open streetbike,” no less, we had to rethink the impact of the new Multistrada.
The seating position is bolt upright… even more so than a sport tourer. The bike is light. The bike has a 1200cc v-twin derived from Ducati’s superbike engine. It has decent wind protection. It’s as comfortable as sitting on your couch when compared to most sport bikes. It frikkin hauls ass, and could easily leave the latest sportbikes for dead through the twisties with a skilled rider aboard, and said skilled rider could dart off on the next fire road and really disappear. It even has saddlebags! State-of-the-art superbike brakes! Fully adjustable suspension! It cannot make your breakfast or serve you a martini, but it might make you want to ignore your girlfriend on the weekend, unless she is really good looking.
I guess we don’t disagree with Cycle World. The Multistrada 1200 (that’s the 1200S in the picture) is a game changer, of sorts. An expensive game changer, but a game changer nonetheless. For all you fans of adventure bikes, if you have the coin take a look over here.