2011 Ducati Multistrada Review


A versatile bike equipped with several modes to accommodate various conditions in driving, the 2011 Ducati Multistrada is available in a choice of four different models. The base Multistrada 1200 offers a sporty and dynamic road performance. The Multistrada 1200 S Sport Edition features more sporty dynamics and is geared specifically towards performance. The Multistrada 1200 S Touring Edition adds more versatility for touring such as heated hand grips and a roomy storage compartment. The special edition 1200 S Pike Peak is a tribute model with unique features that is inspired by Ducati’s win at the 2010 International Hill Climb. All models feature the same high performing 1198.4-cc engine that delivers an astounding 150 horsepower. Its smooth and adaptable performance offers excellent power and increases the Multistrada’s versatility under any driving conditions. This engine is paired with a six-speed transmission that achieves better fuel economy and increases rider comfort with less vibration.

The rider is offered four choices of pre-set driving modes when riding the Ducati Multistrada, including Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro modes. Each mode varies in engine character and chassis set-up to suit the needs of the various driving conditions. The Sport riding mode gives the rider an athletic 150-horsepower ride with a sporty throttle response. The Touring mode offers the same horsepower as the Sport mode, though the power dynamics are better suited for a smoother ride that is more user-friendly. The Urban mode turns the Multistrada 1200 into a rather reasonable transport for everyday riding. Power output is cut to 100 horsepower, and the S model’s suspension adjusts to accommodate bumpier road conditions and deliver more comfort for the rider. Traction control is further enhanced to compensate for stop and go traffic as well. The Enduro riding mode also reduces the horsepower to 100 and with the S version adjusts the suspension further to make for some great performance offroad.

A powerful superbike, the Multistrada gets some of its marks for performance from its relatively light weight, coming in at 417 pounds without the fuel tank filled. Its distinctive Italian design helps set it apart from the competition as well. The

Mutistrada is available in a choice of red or Arctic White, while the S version comes in either of these two colors or Diamond Black. Loads of available accessories add to this superbike’s appeal to consumers, with choices including various styles of aluminum wheels, different winsdscreens, a variety of styles of passenger seats, and more. Comfortable for driver and passenger, with options such as heated grips and a satellite navigation system to further accommodate long rides, the 2011 Ducati Multistrada leaves no stone unturned with this offering.

New For 2011

  • The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is available with optional anti-lock brakes
  • The Multistrada 1200 S comes equipped with standard anti-lock brakes and Ducati Electronic Suspension by Öhlins
  • The 1200 S is available in a Sport edition with carbon fiber accents, or a Touring edition which includes side luggage, heated grips and center stand as standard features
  • This year introduces Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak model, inspired by Greg Tracy's win at the 2010 International Hill Climb race, includes special features such as a Corse style exterior finish, a carbon fiber silencer, and low screen made of carbon

2011 Ducati Multistrada Specs

  • Model: 2011 Ducati Multistrada
  • Engine Type: 1198.4-cc, two-cylinder, longitudinal twin, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 4.17 inches X 2.67 inches
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Valve Train: Dual overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Liquid cooledv
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: six-speed, manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Single sided twin arm
  • Wheelbase: 60.2 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 33.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 478 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Pirelli Scorpion Trail 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): Pirelli Scorpion Trail 190/55 ZR17


  • Forged aluminum wheel rims in assorted styles
  • An assortment of passenger seats
  • Rear carbon chain guard
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Silk screen plexiglass or smoked plexiglass
  • Waterproof bike cover
  • LED rear view mirrors
  • Heated grips kit

Key Competitors For The 2011 Ducati Multistrada

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  • BMW K 1300 S
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS
  • Aprilia RSV4 R APRC
  • KTM 1190 RC8 R Race