2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle Review Specs

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle

The Ducati Multistrada is one of the best and highly impressive line-ups. It is exceptionally famous for its outstanding features and stylish appearance. The new 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle is another fantastic and potent adventure motorcycle that contains Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) 1262 cu cm engine, with new chassis and advanced electronics. The engine is now Euro 4 approved, and it provides ample low-to-mid range torque for better rideability. It can easily offer its 85% of torque at 3,500 rpm, which is 18% higher than the previous 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 model. The new Ride-by-Wire system ensures smooth throttle controlling that provides accurate downshifting being offered by the DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) Up and Down that significantly improves the riding experience.

An updated chassis with the longer swingarm and wheelbase and revised geometry provides the authentic appearance and sharper handling in the curves. The motorcycle features superb electronics, thanks to the Bosch IMU inertial platform. One of the best and appealing things about the Multistrada 1260 is that it does not requires and regular maintenance interval, and the rider has to change its oil every 15,000 km and Sesmo service after every 30,000 km.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle – Features

New Ducati App

The 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Bike is enriched by the new smartphone app Ducati Link App, which is available for Android and iOS. It enables the rider to connect the motorcycle via Bluetooth to the smartphone, and the rider can record the data like lean angle, maximum speed and power, fuel consumption, and much more.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle

Moreover, the application also records the route traveled and allows the rider to share with other app subscribers. Any user of the subscriber can share his track experience with others well. The reward system gives some outstanding prizes to those users who reach different goals.

Design and Styling

The new Ducati 2018 Multistrada 1260 is one of the most stylish motorcycles containing clean surfaces, beautiful lines, and contrasting front and rear visual mass. It brings an unprecedented level of quality and finishing. The new side fairing panels present a neat and sleek appearance.

The overall frame provides an optimum balance of weight and performance while the rear aluminum sub-frame incorporates luggage mounts. The signature element of the Multistrada 1260 is its five Y-spoke wheels. Each part of the bike has been carefully designed. The motorcycle has got the new number plate holder and LED rear turn indicators that make it one of the most beautiful motorcycle in the entire Multistrada line-up.

TFT Instrument Panel

The 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 has got the new high-visibility LCD instrument panel with the revised information layout. The rider can now easily access the menus with new icons from the left switchgear. An empty dot indicates a simple press of a button is while a substantial drop shows that the rider has to press the button for longer.

The Multistrada 1260 has got the new 5-inch TFT instrument panel that has a higher resolution with improved readability in the sun. The rider can easily switch between the riding modes from the screen, and the entire menus change according to each riding mode. The music player on the TFT dashboard has been improved as well.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle

Hands-Free Ignition

The 2018 Multistrada 1260 can quickly be started without an essential mechanical thanks to the new Hands-Free System that enhances security. If an electronic key is within the 2-meter radius of the motorcycle, this system automatically reads the key’s code and allows the rider to start the bike without even removing the key from the pocket.


The new 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle comes with a powerful and high performing engine. The engineers have used the latest technology that independently varies the timing of the camshaft, which controls the intake valves, and the new camshaft controls the exhaust valves. The DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) optimizes the high-rpm performance to deliver maximum power. The low-to-medium rpm ensures smooth operations that provide instant power delivery. The engine fully complies with the Euro 4 specifications and gives good fuel economy.

The engine comes with the 1262cc displacement that sets the new benchmark for rideability and performance. The Ducati engineers have developed the engine from the inspiration of Multistrada 1200 powerplant to focus on ensuring the highest level of power delivery. It provides about 85% of the torque at 3,500 rpm, which is about 18% higher than the previous 2017 Ducati Multistrada 1260. The engine comes with an increased piston stroke of about 71.5 mm and a bore of 106mm. The exhaust and intake have been redesigned that gives an outstanding performance while an exhaust piping was redesigned. In contrast, the new pre silencer has a unique inner layout and a new silencer.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle


The new 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Bike features the Desmodromic valve actuation system that has made Ducati’s Bologna-built bikes famous worldwide. It is a unique system that closes the intake and exhaust valve mechanically with the same precision as they are opened. The Desmodromic word comes from the Greek language, i.e., Desmos (link) and Dromos (Stroke), and it refers to a mechanism that controls to operate them in one direction and another to activate them in the other. The Testastretta DVT engine valve actuation offers a clear advantage over other valve springs; at low revs, the system needs less force because there are no springs to be compressed.


The new 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Bike comes with the number of innovative technological advances including;

  • Sport Riding Mode
  • Touring Riding Mode
  • Urban Riding Mode
  • Enduro Riding Mode
  • DTC (Ducati Traction Control)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution
  • Brembo brake system with Bosch Cornering ABS
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)


The chassis of the 2018 Multistrada 1260 includes the new frame and longer swingarm. The steering angle has been increased from 24 to 25 degrees, which the new swingarm is 48 mm longer. Because of the longer swingarm, the wheelbase is about 55mm longer. It with the new engine’s character and suspension setup lend the motorcycle sharper handling skills in curves while ensuring maximum stability in two-up riding.

The chassis design contains a frontal Trellis frame along with the large-diameter of thin tubing and two lateral subframes, which is closed off by the rear load-bearing element. This element is made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic for maximum torsional rigidity. The new single-sided swingarm is a single die-cast part with a fabricated and welded core section, and it offers a hollow and robust component that contributes to the handling.

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 features the Kayaba 48 mm upside-down fork with the dedicated cast bottom bracket, fully adjustable for spring preload, rebound, and compression. The rear section is controlled by the Sachs mono-shock which is fully adjustable in compression and rebound with spring preload-adjustable by using a handy remote manual adjuster. The spring works progressively offering the ultimate level of comfort during the ride.

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 features the Sachs 48 mm of the front fork. Sachs makes the rear shock absorber while the semi-active suspension system front and brake are monitored by the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system. Furthermore, compression and rebound adjustment of the hydraulic damper and rear spring preload The semi-active system exerts continuous control to maintain the perfect balance of the motorcycle. The suspension system offers 170mm of travel on both front and rear that ensure comfortable riding. The bike features the light-alloy five Y-spoke wheels, which is 340 grams lighter than the one used in Ducati Multistrada 1200. All the versions are equipped with 3.5×17 inches of the front wheel and 6×17 inches of rear wheels that are attached to Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70-17 front tire and 190/55-17 inches on the rear tire.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle – Technical Specifications

Engine and transmission

Displacement 1262.00 ccm (77.01 cubic inches)
Type V2, four-stroke
Details Testastretta DVT
Power 158 HP (115.3 kW)) at 9500 RPM
Torque 129.5 Nm (13.2 kgf-m / 95.5 ft.lbs) at 7500 RPM
Compression 13.0:1
Bore x stroke 106mm x 71.5mm (4.2-inch x 2.8-inch)
Valves per cylinder 4
Fuel system Injection. Bosch electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle bodies including Ride-by-Wire, equivalent diameter 56 mm
Fuel control Desmodromic valve control
Ignition Dual Spark
Cooling system Liquid
Gearbox 6-speed
Transmission type, final drive Chain
Clutch Light action, wet, multi-plate slipper clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on the drive and slipper action on over-run
Driveline Chain 5.30
Fuel consumption 5.20 litres/100 km (19.2 km/l or 45.23 mpg)
Greenhouse gases 120.6 CO2 g/km. (CO2 – Carbon dioxide emission)
Emission details Euro 4
Exhaust system Stainless steel muffler including the catalytic converter and two lambda probes, aluminum tailpipes

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle Specs

Chassis, suspension, brakes, and wheels

Frame type Tubular steel Trellis
Rake (fork angle) 24.0°
Trail 109 mm (4.3 inches)
Front suspension 48mm fully adjustable USD forks.
Front-wheel travel 170 mm (6.7 inches)
Rear suspension Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Remote spring preload adjustment. Aluminum single-sided swingarm
Rear-wheel travel 170 mm (6.7 inches)
Front tire 120/70-17
Rear tire 190/55-17
Front brakes Double disc. ABS. Floating discs. Four-piston calipers. Radially mounted.
Front brakes diameter 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes Single disc. ABS. Two-piston calipers.
Rear brakes diameter 245 mm (9.6 inches)
Wheels 5-spoke light-alloy. Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires.
Seat Dual seat

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle Specs

Physical measures and capacities

Dry weight 187 kg (412.3 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc 213 kg (469.6 pounds)
Power/weight ratio 0.8449 HP/kg
Seat height 825 mm (32.5 inches)
Alternate seat height 845 mm (33.3 inches)
Overall length 2,200 mm (86.6 inches)
Wheelbase 1,530 mm (60.2 inches)
Fuel capacity 20 liters (5.28 gallons)

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Powerful Motorcycle Specs

Other specifications

Color options Ducati Red
Starter Electric
Instruments LCD
Factory warranty Two years of unlimited mileage
Comments Windscreen. Traction control. Cruise control. Hands-Free.