Ducati has released the first official image of the new Multistrada 1200 and has said it will be powered by a retuned version of the liquid-cooled, eight-valve Testastretta engine that powers the 1198 superbike.
The Bologna factory has not released power or torque figures but does say the engine has been modified for improved smoothness and manners at lower revs and speed, and undoubtedly the 1198's 168bhp will be reduced in favour of increased torque and everyday usability.
The previous Multistrada 1100's mission to provide sports bike handling and performance in a more comfortable and versatile package than conventional sports machines is retained, but many riders will be pleased the oddball looks of the old model appear to have been completely revamped. It was the Multistrada's style more than any other factor which held back its sales, as it was in other respects an outstanding motorcycle.
Ducati claims full all-rounder status for the Multistrada 1200, from high performing sports bike to long distance, two-up tourer with luggage, which will undoubtedly be a factory option as it was on the old Multi.
The bike will be officially unveiled at the EICMA 2009 Motorcycle Show in Milan on November 9.
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