2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro | First Look Review

2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro in Sand.
2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro in Sand.

After the launch of the Multistrada 1260 last year, we knew it was coming. And now it’s here, the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro.

With its X-Diavel-derived 1,262cc Testastretta 90-degree DVT L-twin that sent 140.2 horsepower and 85.5 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel on Jett Tuning’s dyno when we tested it last year, this new Enduro promises superhuman levels of dirty fun, now in a more user-friendly package.

Read our 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro first ride review

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The biggest news is of course the engine, but the new Enduro also gets a smoother throttle response with tweaked riding modes and a new six-axis Bosch IMU. The 5-inch full-color TFT display is the same as that used on the standard Multistrada 1260, along with the same easy setup for riding modes and changes to electronics (Ducati calls it “human-machine interface”). Your phone can be paired to the bike via Bluetooth for multimedia functions, phone calls and texts, and to access the new Ducati Link App.

The new app allows users to customize ride modes with parameters like ABS and traction control levels, provides maintenance info, a user manual and Ducati dealer location info, and can track and record ride data users can share with their friends.

More good news is the revised ergonomics, which includes a lower seat height (33.9 inches, down from 34.25), handlebar and center of gravity, all contributing to a more confident off-road experience. Semi-active Sachs suspension has been recalibrated to account for a reduction in front/rear travel from 7.9 inches to 7.3 inches.

Other changes include Ducati Quick Shift for clutchless up and down gear changes, auto-cancelling turn signals, longer service intervals (9,000 miles for oil changes, 18,000 miles for desmo valve service) and a 44-pound increase in load capacity.

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The rest of the new Multistrada 1260 Enduro’s specs appear to be identical to the previous 1200 model, including cornering ABS, cornering lights, wheelie control, traction control, vehicle hold control, spoked 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels with tubeless tires and a big 7.9-gallon fuel tank.

The 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro will be available in Sand starting at $21,999, and should show up in dealerships in February 2019.

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