DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 S

INTRODUCTION

DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 S is an updated version of CB Unicorn 150 with major changes in all most aspects. So what are those major tweaks at an expense of extra 6000 – 7000 rupees ?. Unicorn 150 is losing grip in the market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So does Unicorn 160 perform the role of successor quite well? Time to inspect.

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GALLERY

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

1.262cc

MILEAGE

14-19km/l

POWER

155.7PS @ 9.500rpm

TORQUE

129.5N.m @ 7.500rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

Fuel Injection

WHEELBASE

1.585mm

REAR SUSPENSION

Sachs Monoshock

KERB WEIGHT

235kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1
DUCATI MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM
2
DUCATI QUICK SHIFT
3
VEHICLE HOLD CONTROL
4
MONOBLOC BREMBO, ABS
5
BOSCH CORNERING ABS
6
FORWARD FOOTPEGS
7
FULL LED HEADLAMP
8
6 SPEED GEARBOX
9
TUBELESS TYRE
10
5-SPOKE Y-SHAPED WHEELS
11
SPARK IGNITION
12
CORNERING ABS

Full Specifications

Displacement 1.262cc
Bore for Stroke 106 x 71,5mm
Compression Ratio 13:1
Power 1557.1PS @ 9.500rpm
Torque 129.5N.m @ 7,500rpm
Fuel Injection Bosch electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire, equivalent diameter 56mm
Exhaust Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, aluminium tail pipes
Gearbox 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down
Primary Drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1
Ratio 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 40
Clutch Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front Wheel 5-spoke Y-shape cast light alloy 3.50" x 17"
Front Tyre Pirelli Scopion Trail II 120/70 R17
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring pre-load adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evo. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel 5-spoke Y-shaped casted light alloy 6.00" x 17"
Rear tyre Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 190/55 R17
Wheel travel (front/rear) 170mm - 170mm
Front brake 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo monobloc Evo M50 4-piston callipers, 2-pad, radial pump with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake 265 mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper, with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment
Instrumentation Color TFT display 5"
Dry Weight 212kg
Kerb Weight 235kg
Seat Height Adjustable 825 - 845mm
Wheelbase 1,585mm
Rake 25°
Front wheel trail 111mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 20l
Number of Seat Dual seat
Safety Equipment Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch Cornering ABS + DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Cornering Lights
Standard Equipment Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evo, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Cruise control, Hands-Free, Backlit handlebar switches, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Full-colour TFT display, Full LED headlamp, Auto-off indicators
Ready for Anti-theft
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Yes
Tripmeter Yes
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator Yes
Start Type Electric / Kick
Kill Switch Yes
Clock Yes
Pass Light Yes
ABS Yes
Stand Alarm No
City 9-14km/l
Highway 14-19km/l

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DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 S TEST RIDE & REVIEW

FORMAL DESIGN WITH BIT OF AGGRESSION

My first words while seeing this motorcycle will be like this – formal design with a bit of aggression but having modern and refreshed looks. Now let’s go through each word. DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 S has a formal design because lines and bendings are in low amounts. A little bit of aggression and feel is present by the presence of large trapezoidal headlight flanked by the small black windscreen giving the front section a bold look.

The side profiles are neat enough with shrouds underneath the tank being a distinctive one. Fully blacked out engine is simply superb and is a welcome move from HMSI in terms of design. The multi-coloured front forks and mudguard bring X-factor to the design. In rear side, everything is fine with H-shaped tail light and a well-designed exhaust being notable ones. So as a commuter motorcycle overall styling is strictly conservative while as a performance motorcycle it will disappoint you for sure. Build quality is noteworthy with no issues whatsoever for paint, panels and switchgear.

SUPERB UNICORN ENGINE

This is exactly Honda CB Unicorn 150 engine but with longer stroke, lightweight, better heat dissipation, tweaked exhaust note and no compromise in unicorn’s renowned refinement. An added counter balancer does iron out extra vibrations from reaching to the handlebars and rest of the area within the motorcycle. So overall this 162.71cc, four-stroke, carbureted motor does a great job isn’t it? Now to the numbers. This one pumps out 14PS of raw power @ 8,000rpm and 13.92Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm. In the low and mid rev range engine is torquey enough and does city dwelling duties superbly. In high revs up to 8,000rpm power delivery is smooth and after that power is more linear and slightly stressed. Gearbox is smooth enough – typical Honda trait and initial gear ratios are short ones while high-end ones are long enough to accommodate highway riding. Honda Eco Technology (HET), viscous paper for filter along with smooth refined engine does give a mileage of around 51-56km/l.

PURE COMMUTER ERGONOMICS

While talking about ergonomics of DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 S this one is meant for those who need a quick ride to their homes or offices. Ride quality is spot on for city conditions with comfortable seats, soft suspension setup with wide and cushioned seats for extra comfort. This one does its job for long rides due to the above-mentioned factors. While softer suspension setup spoils the party around the corners and series of bends. The handlebar is wide and foot controls are set in the middle having upright riding posture. Combined Braking System (CBS) for 240mm front disc along with 130mm rear drum brakes does not offer great bite individually but together it does perform. MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres do bring more harm as they are not having enough grip and feedback which is not a great thing.

LOADED WITH ENOUGH FEATURES

CBS with equaliser does come to rescue here in braking duties with all digital instrument console loaded with all needed data and values like speed, rpm, two tripmeters, odometer, fuel and gear indicator. Kill switch for engine is missing which is a serious one. Large fuel reservoir, mono shock suspension, elegant muffler does bring added punch to features package.

DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 S VERDICT

Honda CB Unicorn 160 is a value for money motorcycle and is without doubt clear successor to CB Unicorn 150. It is definitely eye catching for conservative commuters and irritating for performance, stylish oriented riders. Honda has revamped this motorcycle in all segments and clearly lies in the portfolio in between Hornet 160R and Unicorn 150 with pride.

PROS

  • Combi brake system
  • Excellent engine
  • Superb performance

CONS

  • No engine kill switch
  • Conservative design
  • Tyres not that great

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