IF you’ve owned an older Ducati, then you’ll know one of the headaches could be frequent and expensive servicing. However, Ducati North America has announced a significant milestone in the company’s engineering history: 15000-mile major service intervals on the 2010 Multistrada 1200. The Multistrada 1200 is the product of Ducati’s most intensive development program. Entering the arena of adventure touring motorcycles, Ducati set its sights on the class benchmarks. With the goal of setting a new class standard, Ducati developed revolutionary new features such as the Multistrada’s “4 bikes in 1” adjustability. Its development also encompassed build quality and servicing, so that Ducati is now able to offer a 15000-mile period between major services.
Doubling the mileage between valve clearance inspections was made possible by the introduction of a new valve seat material. It enables the new “Testastretta 11°" powerplant to go the distance- both literally and figuratively. Incorporating improved combustion efficiency and a new temperature management system, the Testastretta 11° engine ushers in a new era of service and reliability. The engine lowers the cost of maintenance, improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions.
The Multistrada 1200 will arrive in North American showrooms in April.