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A TRAIL OF ENDURANCE

Ducati’s big-selling, multi-tasking, 1200 Multistrada hasa new brother. Fit to continue when the road runs out, the suitably enhanced Enduro model has been mechanically and electronically modded to deal with life on the dirt.
The new Ducati Multistrada Enduro makes a splash!
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Bloody ’ell, that’s a big old bugger’ I mumbled worriedly when faced with the prospect of climbing aboard Ducati’s new Multistrada 1200 Enduro. I reckon my concern was justified...

When the redesign of an already pretty lofty bike means it’s been raised by another 30mm, makes the scales creak to the tune of an extra 15 kilos, and now drinks from a massive 30-litre tank, the new Duke was always likely to seem overbearing to a stumpy-legged little lad like me. Just to further my bowel-loosening apprehension, the bulky 1200 I was trying to get on had been fitted with a pair of optional and generously-sized alloy panniers. Even with my requested lower 750mm seat in place, I still had to take a deep breath and swing my leg over it with plenty of commitment.

Once on board, however, and with my feet actually nearly flat on the floor, life felt distinctly less daunting, even if remnants of a furrowed brow were still in evidence. To be honest, the thought of riding the 1200 Enduro along the roads of Sardinia didn’t worry me too much. It was the challenge of sampling it later along some rougher off-road routes that wasn’t sitting well with me – even if the bike’s whole raison d’être is to cope in such an environment.

Away from the mud, the Enduro reverts to being a Multistrada once more...
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