DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO PRO TAKES AIM AT ADVENTURE-TOURING
More offroad-focused than the Multistrada 1200 Enduro
Text by Wahid Ooi Abdullah, Pictures courtesy of Ducati
Ever since its debut in 2003, Ducati hailed the Multistrada as their entry into the go anywhere motorcycle segment. In fact, the model’s intended purpose lies within its name itself: Multistrada meaning multi-roads.
However, it was in 2010 when the Multistrada became a technology-laden sport-tourer, which allows the rider to also ride offroad when it featured an ENDURO ride mode, among others. The ride modes tied in with the Skyhook semi-active electronic suspension.
The Multistrada has since gone through a number of changes and iterations, including the Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the smaller Multistrada 950 sibling.
The standard Multistrada 1200 and 1200S, what more the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak, are definitely sport-tourers oriented towards road riding, with some light offroading should it be required to. That meant Ducati didn’t have a model that was a true adventure-tourer, to compete in the class held by the ubiquitous BMW R 1200 GS/GSA Rallye, besides the newly launched KTM 1290 Super Adventure R.
Well, the Enduro was Ducati’s shot across BMW’s bow. Yet, it was deemed as not being hardcore enough when the road turns to trails then to no road.
So here’s the Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro (is the name borrowed from the GS’s ENDURO PRO ride mode?), to tempt hardcore offroad Ducatistis.
The Enduro Pro’s lines follow those of the Multistrada family, of course, but it features a unique sand-colored bodywork and two-toned seat. The clutch and alternator covers are painted black, while a lower windshield allows a better view of where the bike’s headed in the rough stuff. Other adventure riding features include Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres and crash bars made by Touratech.
A new titanium exhaust system makes it debut on the Enduro Pro, although the Testatretta DVT engine still produces the same 160 bhp and 135.6 Nm of torque. The Enduro Pro also retains the standard Enduro’s cruise control, hill-hold control semi-active suspension and 30-litre fuel tank.