This past year saw an enormous rise in the popularity of adventure bikes, enduros and two-wheeled overlanding in general. In just the last few weeks, several announcements have cemented that trend: the (possible) Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Rally, the BMW 2019 R 1250 GS, the redesigned Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled and most recently the all-new Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro. 2019 will begin with some serious moto-momentum.
Unveiled last week, the new Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro doesn’t just get a new engine (good for 158 horsepower and 94 lb-ft), but the chassis and body get a list of further upgrades – aiming it squarely at the big BMW ADV. Ducati lowered the bike’s handlebars and seat for better control and ease of use; combined with a new, lighter frame the center of gravity is significantly lower than the outgoing model. The swing arm is also beefed up — it’s now double-sided — and a sturdier skid plate is bolted below it all.
On the more technical side, the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension makes its way on the bike as does the now industry-standard six-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit and Bosch Cornering ABS, both added for better control, plus a TFT display up top to configure the growing number of riding mode configurations.
Pricing will likely be announced at EICMA – expect the price to come in a little above the current base Multistrada’s $18,000 tag but hopefully below the Pikes Peak Edition’s $25,000.
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