The Ducati Multistrada has been a versatile adventure touring motorcycle ever since its introduction over a decade ago. For 2016, the variants of the bike that are on offer are the Multistrada 1200S (sport variant), Multistrada 1200S D|Air, Multistrada Enduro, and the standard Multistrada 1200 variant. The Multistrada was more road-oriented and there was an obvious hole in Ducati’s lineup for an adventure touring variant with greater off-road capabilities. Ducati seems to have realized this and plugged the hole with the new off-road variant: the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. A Pikes Peak only variant is available as well.
The Ducati Multistrada has revolutionized technology on a motorcycle ever since its introduction. Here are the top 5 things that make the Multistrada unique and a technological powerhouse among adventure motorcycles.
D|Air system on Ducati Multistrada
Available on the Multistrada 1200S D|Air, the D|Air system is designed for rider protection in instances of crash and accidents. Passive safety is equally important when riding a motorcycle. The D|Air system, developed jointly by Ducati and Dianese incorporates a new algorithm that senses when the motorcycle is sliding out of control from under the rider and subsequently activates the airbags. The D|Air system analyses the data and can inflate the jacket airbags (rider and passenger) in just 45 milliseconds, which reduces the risk of impact related injuries.
The D|Air system has the TUV SUD certification that is issued by the authoritative German body responsible for wearable airbag standards. The Ducati Multistrada 1200S D|Air variant has been awarded the prestigious Professor Ferdinand Porsche for technological innovation by the University of Technology of Vienna.
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