By now you've probably heard the rumors and seen some spy shots of the new Ducati Multistrada 1200. The "do-it-all" Ducati was due for a facelift and it was one of the more loosely guarded secrets in the industry. Well Ducati has now confirmed that in fact there will be a new Multistrada, which will be introduced next month at the EICMA 2009 International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. The following is from a press release by Ducati:
Ducati have now confirmed that the Multistrada 1200, which for months has filled international publications, forums and blogs with rumours and speculation, will have its official public presentation at the EICMA 2009 International Motorcycle Show in Milan, where the brand new model will take center stage.
From November 10-15, in Hall 18 of the Milano Fiera, the exciting new motorcycle will be exhibited to the public for the first time, preceded by a dedicated unveiling to International Press during a conference on November 9th.
Faithful to the original intuition, which combined sport bike technology with comfort and versatility, Ducati now extend the concept further with a brand new Multistrada 1200 designed to satisfy the demands of all motorcyclists. With completely new, but purely Ducati look and style, the Multistrada 1200 delivers sport bike power and excitement, being easy to ride and with a high priority on safety and comfort.
Ducati have designed a motorcycle to tackle all kinds of journeys and road surfaces using technology derived from the Bologna made race bikes in MotoGP and World Superbike.
From a sport bike for outright excitement to a tourer for long journeys with passenger and luggage, and from an everyday bike which can breeze through the daily commute to an agile enduro able to tackle off-road routes, the brand new Ducati is transforms itself to suit the rider’s demands. The heart of the Multistrada 1200 is derived from the World Championship-winning Superbike 1198 Testastretta engine, modified to provide unprecedented smoothness and tractability. Referred to as the Testastretta 11°(eleven degrees) , it represents a milestone in combining performance with usability.
If you're interested in the new Multistrada 1200, follow the countdown on Ducati's teaser site: multistrada.ducati.com