The original Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro transformed the Multistrada from an autostrada and corner-munching sport-touring fiend to an off-road-capable adventure motorcycle. Cycle World found it a sublime combination of capability, personality, and heaps of horsepower. For 2019, Ducati has evolved the Multistrada Enduro by adding more displacement, more technology, and rider-oriented touches to make the big adventure bike more capable and comfortable. This is the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro.

Enduro engine
New looks to signal an all-new engineCourtesy of Ducati

In a touch seen throughout 2019 motorcycle announcements, displacement has been added to provide both more power, and clear Euro 4 emissions regulations. Debuting in the road-going Multistrada models last year, the same 1,262cc Testastretta DVT engine has a new home in the Multistrada Enduro model.

The new displacement is due to a longer piston stroke from 67.9 to 71.5mm (the bore is unchanged at 106mm). There are also new piston rods, crankshaft, and cylinders. In addition, the DVT system is recalibrated to maximize torque delivery at low and mid revs. In fact, 85 percent of the torque is available below 3,500 rpm with a 17-percent increase at 5,500 rpm compared to its 1,200cc predecessor. The extra displacement also results in a claimed higher maximum power of 158 hp at 9,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 94 pound-feet at 7,500 rpm. Ducati claims this is the most torque available in the class at 4,000 rpm.

Additional touches include an exhaust with a new pipe layout, pre-silencer internal layout, and silencer; plus, the air intake is redesigned. The Multistrada 1260 Enduro engine also has a new alternator cover that houses a new, advanced gear sensor. This touch is necessary for the DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) Up & Down system which allows clutchless upshifting and downshifting.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro
More displacement, but also more fine-tuning, helps the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro meet Euro 4 emissions restrictions.Courtesy of Ducati

More than the brawn has been updated. For 2019, there are significant revisions to the brains of the Multistrada 1260 Enduro. First, there’s the new six-axis Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). This unit manages the suit of riding features: Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Bosch ABS Cornering, and electronic speed control. These are complemented by Ducati’s Traction Control (DTC).

The Multistrada 1260 Enduro is also equipped with Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) to aid takeoff on an incline. This function is activated when the rider applies high pressure on the front or rear brake levers at a standstill. Once activated, the system calculates and applies rear brake pressure by acting on the pump and the ABS control unit valves. It turns off after 9 seconds.

Overlaying the settings of these features are the four riding modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro). All modes feature specific settings for the suspension and electronics suites, and nearly everything is customizable to fit your preferences.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro
The heavily revised 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro is ready to rumbleCourtesy of Ducati

The DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) Evolution system has also “evolved.” There’s a new Sachs fork with pressurized cartridge and “low-attrition” fork legs, a sensor which controls rear shock absorber operation, and upgraded software to manage the data from the IMU. Both the fork and shock are electronic. Rebound and compression damping are adjusted continuously according to a semi-active approach. Ducati claims a smoother, more controlled ride has been attained, with better control in a variety of riding circumstances.

On the braking front, the components remain unchanged with Brembo M4.32 Monoblock radial calipers up front and a Brembo caliper at the rear; however, Bosch Cornering ABS is now integrated with the rest of the riding suite.

Rounding out the list of changes is a new tire. The Multistrada 1260 Enduro is equipped with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires. In collaboration with Pirelli, Ducati is claiming better off-road performance and a longer-lasting life span on it.

Enduro technology suite
Aiding your ride, and making it easier to listen to Andrea Bocelli while sliding through parts unknownCourtesy of Ducati

The technology suite is also updated to improve the riding experience. There’s a new “Human Machine Interface” (HMI)—the 5-inch’ TFT color display is revised with a new UI to make the controls more user-friendly. The Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) is now included, which connects the bike to the rider's smartphone via Bluetooth for multimedia and function access such as incoming calls, text messaging, and music selection.

The Multistrada 1260 Enduro is also compatible with the new Ducati Link app. This app lets riders set the journey mode (a combination of Load and Riding Mode) and personalize the parameters of each riding mode (ABS, Ducati Traction Control, etc.) via their smartphones. The app also provides maintenance deadline info, a user manual, and a Ducati Store locator. In addition, the Ducati Link app also lets riders record and share performance and routes.

Revised ergonomics
Revised ergonomics and thoughtful touches aim to improve rider comfortCourtesy of Ducati

Finally, there are styling and ergonomic enhancements. The seat height is 10mm lower than the road-going Multistradas to 33 inches, 30mm-lowered handlebar, a reshaped tank cover, a lighter double-sided swingarm, lighter frame, a new aluminum sump guard that is attached directly to the frame, and revised colorways of Ducati Red and Sand.

The changes freshen the bike, visually, but in Ducati’s claim add rider-oriented improvements to increase comfort and stability at speed.

Sand livery
And if Ducati Red doesn’t suit your fancy, the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro can now be had in the adventure-ready Sand liveryCourtesy of Ducati

“More” is the operative word of the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro. More power, more electronics, more features, more styling touches, and more changes to lessen weight and aid comfort. The new model is fully outfitted to do battle with the slew of heavyweight ADV options we saw debut at Intermot.

We’ve already got our Gore-Tex-stuffed suitcases ready to roll to go test the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro on road and off.