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Ducati Announces Availability of Production Multistrada

Ducati made the following announcement concerning the availability of the Multistrada to dealerships. The final, production version of the Multistrada has been a long time coming (three years in development). As you take a look at the pictures and information that follow, you may also want to take a look at MD’s article on Sport Utility Motorcycles.

The Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS hits the road

A new generation, all-road motorcycle is born: the Multistrada 1000 DS, offering sport bike performance with comfort, versatility and Ducati style.

After three years of development and anticipation from the motorcycling community, Ducati launches the Multistrada 1000 DS. Delivery of the motorcycle to eager Ducati dealerships and motoring enthusiasts around the world has already begun.

Born on the demanding mountain roads and city streets of Northern Italy, the Multistrada 1000 DS fulfils a dream: a high performance motorcycle that can take on the best that the sport bike world can offer, while still being practical, comfortable and versatile. An ideal bike to ride on the road any day, anywhere. A real-world motorcycle for real world- riders.

The Multistrada’s outstanding performance is not only the result of advanced design. It is also thanks to the inclusion of the highest quality Superbike components and new 1000cc Desmo engine

New from top to bottom, the fuel-injected two-valve air-cooled Dual Spark 1000 L-Twin engine achieves greater power, efficiency and reliability – and is the perfect match for the lightweight and aggressive Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS.

The Multistrada combines the signature Ducati Trellis frame, advanced Superbike suspension, race-bred brakes, a new single-sided swingarm and performance wheels and tyres.

Showa fully adjustable forks ensure plush, accurate and confident handling.

A new single-sided swingarm featuring a new larger axle carrier and bearings increases rigidity and reliability. It combines with a Showa fully- adjustable shock with convenient remote pre-load adjuster to handle rear damping duties.

Only the best Brembo “Serie Oro” calipers are used front and rear. Up front newly designed 320 mm discs are gripped by Brembo four piston calipers and a single 245 mm disc is used in the rear.

Ducati Design has developed new front and rear wheels. The aggressive design is beautiful to look at and also simplifies and lightens the wheel/disc package. The discs are now mounted directly onto oversized hubs, eliminating the disc carriers.

Ducati Performance has created a line of accessories and clothing dedicated exclusively to the Multistrada, which will be unveiled to the International Press with the bike itself.

And with a full compliment of accessories – dedicated saddlebags, rear rack, satellite navigation system, performance enhancing components and more — riders can extend their boundaries even further.

For more details about the new Multistrada 1000 DS, visit

Type L-twin cylinder, 2 valve Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement 992 cc
Bore x Stroke 94 x 71,5 mm
Compression Ratio ’10:1
Power 62 kW – 84 HP @ 8000 rpm
Torque 84 Nm – 8.5 Kgm @ 5000 rpm
Fuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust Exhaust system with single steel muffler, with pre-silencer and catalytic converter (non-catalytic on USA version)
Gearbox 6 speed
Ratios 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 24/28
Primary drive Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42
Clutch Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase 57.6 in
Rake 24°
Front suspension Showa 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down fork
Front wheel travel 6.5 in
Front brake 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston, 2-pad caliper
Front wheel New 6-spoke design in light alloy 3.50 x17
Front tyre 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock; hydraulic remote pre-load control
Rear wheel travel 5.6 in
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear wheel 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre 180/55 ZR 17
Fuel tank capacity 20 l / 5.3 U.S. gal
Weight * 441 lbs
Seat height 33,5 in
Instruments Speedometer, rev counter, clock, scheduled maintenance warning, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, oil temperature, fuel reserve,neutral, turn signals, average speed, average fuel consumption, fuel injection diagnostic system, immobilizer
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Tank and fairing Colours Two-tone grey, red
Frame and wheel colours black, red
Wheels colours light grey
* = The weight includes
battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.
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