Best Open Streetbike: Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport - Ten Best Bikes 2011

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Best Open Streetbike: Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport

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For the second year running, Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 S Sport has proven that its do-anything design, awesome on- and off-road performance and category-leading features deserve recognition. Powered by a Testastretta “11-degree” engine—a torque-pumped direct descendant of the 1198 superbike’s powerplant—the Multistrada delivers an exhilarating ride. Its tall adventure-bike stature puts its pilot in a comfortable and commanding seating position. Even in standard form, without the Sport’s excellent electronically adjustable Öhlins suspension, Ducati Traction Control, ABS and multiple-power-mode, ride-by-wire fuel injection, this Italian V-Twin is a sure winner. But with these weapons at its disposal, the Multistrada 1200 S Sport is one of the most capable and potent all-around machines we’ve ever tested.