2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro First Ride Review

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By Sean Alexander

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Editor Score: 87.0%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 9.5/10
Instruments/Controls 5.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 7.0/10
Overall Score 87/100

From the undeniable truth in the blanket statement “Motorcycles Don’t Suck,” one can journey down many a rabbit hole and come to many a contradictory conclusion, depending on what you want from your bike or where you happen to be riding. However, just as much as the answer to ‘Do Choppers Suck?’ tends to be a resounding “Yes!” for most situations, the answer to “Do Adventure Touring Bikes Suck?” almost always tends to be “No!” This is a fact more and more riders are learning first-hand as sales in the category continue to outperform the broader motorcycling landscape. And it’s no mystery why, really, as today’s adventure-touring formula relies on the strengths of several platforms to produce vehicles that can convincingly perform in every non-competition role for which a motorcycle can be used. There be bags, and performance, and comfort, and wind protection and maneuverability, and ground clearance, oh my!

Ducati was ready to participate ahead of the market when it introduced the original Multistrada over a decade ago. Like most of its competition at that time, the original Multistrada was largely focused on strada and not intended to venture very far afield. It also made less than 100 hp and suffered from a lack of right-side cornering clearance thanks to a too-eager-to-grind exhaust shield.

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Oh, how times have changed! The last few years have seen Ducati continue to focus on the strada while generously endowing each new generation with extra power and enhanced technology so that we now have long-legged superbikes with all-day comfort. Ducati’s competition spent the decade doing much the …read more

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