2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S/Touring/Pikes Peak

Three flavors of street-focused big-bore Italian V-twin.

1260 S
2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 SCourtesy of Ducati

If you're shopping for a liter-plus-displacement, long-suspension-travel Ducati motorcycle, paved-road versatility comes in three packages: Multistrada 1260 S, Multistrada 1260 S Touring, and the Multistrada 1260 S Pikes Peak. (For those with off-road tendencies, Ducati also offers the wire-spoke-wheeled—19-inch front, 17-inch-rear—Multistrada 1260 Enduro Touring.) All versions feature the same engine spec, with the Testastretta DVT V-twin producing more than 140 hp and nearly 90 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheel on the Cycle World dynamometer. Note: Those numbers are for Sport and Touring modes; peak output drops in Urban (138 hp, 86 pound-feet) and Enduro (90 hp, 74 pound-feet).

Pricing varies, with a Ducati Red S model undercutting an identically painted S Touring, both of which are equipped with semi-active Skyhook electronic suspension, by $1,600. Add another $2,900 for the Pikes Peak with its shorter and sportier windscreen, tricolor paint, manually adjustable Öhlins suspension, and lightweight forged aluminum wheels. On top of all that, there are the various accessory packages: five-piece Enduro ($1,482), three-piece Touring ($1,428), three-piece Sport ($1,400), and four-piece Urban ($830.40). Those components and many more may also be purchased individually.

Likes: Smooth, powerful V-twin engine; advanced electronics; narrow between the knees

Dislikes: Deeply dished saddle locks rider in a single position; heavy clutch-lever action

Verdict: Tremendous all-round streetbike; high technology, high performance, high price

2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Reviews And Comparisons

“Where the new engine excels on the road is cruising from corner to corner, holding the same gear and riding the full width of the rev range,” Chris Northover wrote about the DVT-spec Multistrada 1260 Enduro. “The engine feels way smoother than a twin of that capacity has any right to.”

2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Competition

On-road competition for the Multistrada 1260 S (and up-spec Multistrada 1260 S Touring and 1260 S Pikes Peak) come mainly from the BMW R 1250 GS, Honda Africa Twin, KTM 1290 Super Adventure S, Triumph Tiger 1200, and Yamaha Super Ténéré, as well as from Ducati’s own more off-road-oriented Multistrada 1260 S Enduro and sub-1-liter Multistrada 950 S.

2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Specifications And Pricing

Even from a distance, passersby will be able to determine which model of big-bore Multistrada you’re riding. How so, you ask? Well, color, for starters. To wit: Multistrada 1260 S and saddlebag-equipped Multistrada 1260 S Touring (Ducati Red, Volcano Grey, or Iceberg White), and Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak (Pikes Peak Livery).

1260 Pikes Peak
2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes PeakCourtesy of Ducati

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $20,995/$22,595/$25,495
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, V-twin
Displacement 1,262cc
Bore x Stroke 106.0mm x 71.5mm
Horsepower 158.0 hp @ 9,500 rpm
Torque 95.5 lb.-ft. @ 7,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.5–33.3 in.
Rake 25.0°
Trail 4.3 in.
Front Suspension 48mm; fully adjustable, 6.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 6.7-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 190/55-17
Wheelbase 62.4 in.
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 511/518/505 lb.
S Touring
2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S TouringCourtesy of Ducati

Cycle World Tested Specifications (Multistrada 1260 S)

Seat Height 32.3 in.
Wet Weight 550 lb. (570 lb. w/ bags)
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 140.7 hp @ 9,860 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 87.1 lb.-ft. @ 7,820 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A