Ducati has unveiled its 2020 product line-up, and among the list of new versions of the existing models is the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour. The new Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is based on the Multistrada 1260 S, and thus it features all the hardware specifications that are available on the S version.
The GT badge also brings several components such as side panniers, heated grips, additional LED lights, centre stand, tyre pressure monitoring system and hands-free tank filler plug as standard. The motorcycle also benefits from an exclusive livery that brings a “Multistrada 1260 S” badge and red highlights that sit on the matte Sandstone Grey colour. The “Grand Tour” branding is visible above the headlight and on the saddle.
All other styling details and specifications are identical to the Multistrada 1260 S. Thus, the front fascia comprises twin-pod LED headlight, an adjustable windscreen and a beak-style design. The front blinkers are integrated into the knuckle guards, which gives a clean look to the fascia.
Mechanical specifications include a 1,262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 8-valve engine that benefits from 4 Riding Modes. The motor is tuned to deliver a maximum power of 158 hp at 9,500 rpm and a peak torque of 129 Nm (13.2 kg.m) at 7,500 rpm. Ducati claims that 85% of the torque is already available at 3,500 rpm. The six-speed transmission benefits from a Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS) as standard. The oil changes are scheduled every 15,000 km, while the "Desmo Service" interval stands at 30,000 km.
Surprisingly, the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour continues to use a Euro-IV compliant motor. It would be safe to assume that the special edition model could be targeted to clear the Euro-IV bin before the updated Euro-V compliant motorcycles arrive.
The safety package includes Cornering ABS, Cornering Lights (DCL) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC). Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) and the semi-active suspension control – Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo (DSS) – also come as standard equipment on the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour. Moreover, the Grand Tour model also gets standard Bluetooth module as standard. The module works with Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and offers access to functions like calls and music through the switchgear.