As sure as sunset follows sunrise, the 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro is getting upgrades that Ducati first introduced on the standard Multistrada in 2018.
Which means that the new Multistrada Enduro will get the (European emissions regs-friendly) 1260 Testastretta DVT (Ducati Variable Timing) engine that promises smoother and more consistent torque delivery all through the rev range.
In other words, a little less picking through the gears for every occasion. Ducati claims that 85% of the torque is on tap below 3500 rpm.
But that’s just the beginning of the updates for Ducati’s flagship sport-touring enduro.
Four riding modes are back — there’s the Sport, with 158 horsepower; the Touring, also 158 hp; Urban, which takes it down to 100; and finally Enduro, also at 100 hp.
Those choices, and a slew more, are displayed on a new 5″ TFT color display, with a control on the left switchgear.
The Enduro now has clutchless shifting as standard, with Ducati Quick Shift. Other riding aides including a recalibrated semi-active Sachs suspension which actually trims 200 mm (4/10ths of an inch) from the front and rear travel. And Bosch Cornering ABS, eight levels of wheelie control, eight levels of (defeatable) traction control, hill start, cruise control, and cornering lights are all standard.
While the spoked wheels remain 19″ on the front and 17″ rear, Ducati says they’re 4.4 lbs lighter.
And finally, you get a choice of two colors — Red and Sand.
The 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro will officially be announced at EICMA in Milan in the first week of November. That may be when we get a firm idea on both the price and the availability in the USA.
In the meantime, Ducati put together a short video to whet our appetite.