Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle Review Specs

Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle

The new Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle is one of the best and highly popular bikes in the world. It features the new Ducati Testastretta DVT (desmodromic Variable Timing) 1262 cu cm engine, advanced electronics, and unique chassis. The motorcycle was first launched in 2010; since then, it is trendy among adventure lovers. The bike is characterized by its high level of performance and ease of riding and maximum comfort.

The 2018 Multistrada 1260S comes with the Euro 4 approved engine, and it provides ample low-to-mid range torque for better rideability. The controlling of this powerful motorcycle is made possible with the help of the Ride-by-Wire system that ensures better throttle control and more accurate up and downshifting being offered by DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) Up and Down. An updated chassis with a long swinging arm and wheelbase provides excellent handling experience. The electronics of the motorcycle ensure superior performance, thanks to the Bosch IMU inertial platform. The new Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) controls Cornering ABS and Ducati Cornering Light (DCL). One of the best things about the Multistrada 1260S is that it does not need any regular maintenance. The oil change required every 15,000 km and Desmo Service every 30,000 km. Following is the full review of Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle along with its specifications.

Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle – Features

Ducati Link App

The Ducati 2018 Multistrada 1260 S comes with the new smartphone app Ducati Link App, which is available for iOS and Android. The rider can easily connect via Bluetooth with the bike, and the rider’s smartphone records bike data such as current, average, and maximum speed and power, fuel consumption, and lean angle.

Furthermore, the bike data and rider’s performance can also be shared with other passengers with the app subscribers. In it, the rider can see how other riders are performing on different highways. There is a reward system in the app that gives prizes to the users who reach several different goals.

Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle


The new Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle features the clean surfaces and different front and rear visual mass. An all-new side fairing panels lend the front section a neater and sleeker look. At the same time, the new frame provides the optimum balance of weight and performance, the rear aluminum sub-frame with incorporated luggage and ergonomic, practical switchgear. The motorcycle features the five Y-spoke wheels that are specially designed for effectiveness and practicality. The rear grab handle is derived from Multistrada 1200 Enduro that contains aluminum side panniers offered as an alternative to plastic panniers. The engineers also have redesigned underseat profiles for seat height adjustment, and the motorcycle has got the new number plate holder and new LED rear turn indicators.

TFT instrument Panel

The Ducati 2018 Multistrada 1260 comes with high-visibility LCD instrument panels with revised information layout and simplified menu management. Now rider can easily access the menu by using icons for the left switchgear, and the unfilled dot means a simple press of the button is required while the solid dot indicates that rider needs to press the button longer.


The new motorcycle comes with improved navigation that includes an improved interface for new 5 inches of the TFT instrument panel of Multistrada 1200 S and Multistrada D Air. All-new TFT panels provide higher resolution, better readability in the sun, and improved graphic layout for user-friendly navigation. The LCD and TFT give information on speed, rpm, selected gear and total mileage. The music media player on its TFT dashboard has been improved when the smartphone is connected.

Hands-Free Ignition

The Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle can quickly start without any need for mechanical keys. It is possible with the new Hands-Free System that enhances security. When the electronic key is within 2 meters of radium of the motorcycle, this system automatically detects the key’s code, even if it is in the rider pocket. The rider can quickly start the bike just by pressing the “on” button power-up. The electronic key contains a mechanical flip-key for seat and filler cap removal.

Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle


An all-new Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle is available with the new Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 engine. The engine provides high-rpm performance to ensure maximum power delivery, and it is possible by indecently varying the timing of the camshaft that monitors the intake valves and the camshaft that controls the exhaust valves. The engine provides smoother operation at low to mid-rpm thus, it ensures better power delivery and enhanced torque. However, this engine can change its characteristics continuously as rpm varies while complying with the Euro 4 specifications.

The motorcycle features the powerful 1262cc engine that sets the new benchmark for performance and rideability. The Ducati engineers have developed this engine with one objective in mind, i.e., the highest level of torque delivery at low-to-mid range rpm. The driver can provide 85% more torque under 3,500 rpm that is about 18% higher than the previous 2017 Ducati Multistrada 1260S model. It indicates that the motorcycle can quickly provide its highest torque output at 4,000 rpm.

The Ducati Multistrada 1260S has got increased piston stroke from 67.9 mm to 71.5 mm while its bore remains the same, i.e., 106 mm. It has got the new connecting rods, cylinder and brand new crankshaft. The DVT system was entirely recalibrated to ensure peak low-to-mid range torque delivery while bringing the peak output to 158 hp at 9750 rpm and max torque to 13.2 kgm at 7,500 rpm. Both the exhaust and intake are redesigned to ensure excellent performance. The exhaust pipes are redesigned and the pre-silencer has a new inner layout with a unique silencer. The input has a newly designed air intake mouth.

Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle

The new belt covers come with an attractive DVT logo on its metal support. The generator covers the bike’s engine and is redesigned to accommodate the latest gear sensor. The clutch covers and generators are painted in new Mercury Grey color options. At the same time, the part of the original component is the clutch slave cylinder, which is compact and has an integrated design. The engine tuneup has been revised with the focus on rideability and torque delivery in each riding mode changes according to selected gear.


The new Multistrada 1260S features the new throttle control that works with the new Ride-By-Wire system. It offers a smooth throttle response for better riding experience. Following is the full list of technological advancements in the motorcycle.

  • Riding Modes (Sports, Touring, Urban & Enduro)
  • DTC (Ducati Traction Control)
  • DWC (Ducati Wheelie Control)
  • DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension)
  • Brembo Brake System with Bosch Cornering ABS
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)


The chassis of Multistrada 1260S includes a new frame and longer swingarm. Its steering angle has been increased from 24 degrees to 25 degrees, while the original swingarm is 48 mm longer. Due to these changes, the wheelbase is now 55 mm longer. It has caused to change the engine’s character and suspension setup to ensure sharper handling skills.

Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle

The chassis design comes with a frontal Trellis frame with large-diameter yet thin tubing and two lateral sub-frame closed off by the rear load-bearing element. The new single-sided swingarm is a single die-cast part with fabricated and welded core section that offers robust, hollow, and lightweight components.

The new Ducati Multistrada 1260S comes with the Kayaba 48 mm upside-down fork with dedicated cast bottom bracket, compression, and rebound and fully adjustable for spring preload. The rear is controlled by the Sachs mono-shock that is fully adjustable in compression and rebound including spring preload-adjustable by using a handy remote manual adjuster.

The Multistrada 1260S features the new Sachs 48mm front fork while Sachs makes the rear shock absorber. The new semi-active suspension system front and back are controlled by Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system. Both suspension have 170 mm of wheel travel, ensuring comfortable riding pleasure. The motorcycle features the 3.5 x 17 inches of front wheels while 6 x 17 inches of rear wheels containing Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70-17 tire on the front and 190/55-17 inches on the rear.

Multistrada 1260S 2018 Ducati Motorcycle – Technical Specifications


Type Ducati Testastretta DVT including Desmodromic Variable Timing, L-Twin cylinder, four valves per cylinder, Dual Spark, liquid-cooled
Displacement 1.262 cc
Bore x Stroke 106 x 71,5 mm
Compression ratio 13:1
Peak Power 116.2kW (158hp) at 9500 rpm
Peak Torque 129.5Nm (95.5lb-ft) at 7500 rpm
Fuel injection All-New Bosch electronic fuel injection system with elliptical throttle bodies including Ride-by-Wire, the equivalent diameter of 56 mm
Exhaust Stainless steel muffler having catalytic converter & two lambda probes, aluminum tailpipes


Gearbox Six-speed
Gear Ratios First: 37/15,
Second: 30/17,
Third: 27/20,
Fourth: 24/22,
Fifth: 23/24,
Sixth: 22/25.
Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 40
Clutch Light action, wet, multi-plate clutch having hydraulic control. Self-servo work on the drive, slipper action on over-run


Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase 1,585 mm (62.4 in)
Rake 25°
Trail 111 mm (4.37 in)
Front suspension Sachs 48 mm fully adjustable usd forks. Electronic compression & rebound damping adjustment having Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS)
Front-wheel travel 170 mm (6.7 in)
Front-wheel 5-spoke Y-shape cast light alloy 3.50 inches x 17 inches
Front tire Pirelli Scopion Trail II 120/70 R17
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Automatic compression & rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring pre-load adjustment including Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evo. Aluminum single-sided swingarm
Rear-wheel travel 170 mm (6.7 in)
Rear Wheel 5-spoke Y-shaped cast light alloy 6.00″ x 17″
Rear tire Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 190/55 R17
Front brake 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially attached Brembo monobloc Evo M50 4-piston calipers, 2-pad, radial pump including cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake 265mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper, including cornering ABS as standard equipment


Fuel tank capacity 20 l – 5.3 gallons (US)
Dry weight 212 kg (467 lb)
Wet weight 235 kg (518 lb)
Seat height Adjustable from 825 mm to 845 mm (32.5 inches – 33.3 inches)
Instrumentation Color TFT display 5″
Ducati electronics Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), Power Modes, Riding Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch Cornering ABS + DTC), Ducati Cornering Lights, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evo, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Hands-Free, Cruise control, Backlit handlebar switches, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Full LED headlamp, Full-colour TFT display, Auto-off indicators, ready for Anti-theft system
Additional equipment • Touring Pack: heated grips, panniers and center stand
• Sport Pack: road-legal exhaust (homologated only for EU)Ducati Performance by Termignoni and carbon fiber front mudguard, machined-from-billet aluminum brake and clutch reservoir caps
• Urban Pack: top case, tank bag with lock and USB hub
• Enduro Pack: supplementary lights and Ducati Performance components by Touratech: engine protection bars, radiator guard, oil sump guard, more significant kickstand base and off-road footpegs


Warranty 24 months including unlimited mileage
Maintenance service intervals 15000 km (9000 miles) / 12 months
Valve clearance check 30,000 km (18,000 miles)

Emissions and Consumption

Standard Euro 4
Emissions CO2 120 g/km
Consumion 5.2l/100 km