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5 Amazing Tech on the 2016 Ducati Multistrada

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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Motorcyclist, Traveler, Aerospace Engineer and your friendly neighborhood Batman. Suhas has been meandering on two wheels since 2008. His love for automobiles, aeroplanes and his passion for travel has brought him here. He's a RC plane hobbyist currently building a Supermarine Spitfire and the Associate Editor at TheMotorLife

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