Measuring up the Ducati Multistrada 1200 vs 1100S, BMW R1200GS & KTM 990 Adventure

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So number to number how does Ducati Multistrada 1200 measure up on the spec sheet to the outgoing 1100S, the BMW R1200GS and the KTM 990 Adventure. We’ve pulled together a quick spreadsheet to help you compare. Obviously a spec sheet only tells part of the story, especially one based on manufacturer claimed measurements. What’s missed here is a complete list of the technologies that Ducati has thrown into the new Multistrada 1200 which turn it into a “show case” bike and change the interpretation of the street adventure playing field. For that we’ll send you over to the bike’s press release, with some added commentary.

Ducati Multistrada 1200
$14,995US
Ducati Multistrada 1200S
$18,995US
2009 Multistrada 1100S
$14,495US
2010 BMW R1200GS
$14,750.00US MSRP
2009 KTM 990 Adventure
$14,398.00US
Engine
Type L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic,
liquid cooled
L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic,
liquid cooled
L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air
cooled
Air-cooled/oil-cooled Boxer twin-cylinder 75° liquid-cooled v-twin
Displacement 1198.4cc 1198.4cc 1078cc 1170 cc 999cc
Bore x Stroke 106×67.9mm 106×67.9mm 98 x 71.5 mm 101.0 mm x 73.0 mm 101 x 62.4 mm
Compression Ratio 11,5:1 11,5:1 10.5:1 -4307:59 11.5:1
Power 150 CV – 150hp – 110,3kw @ 9250rpm 150CV- 150hp – 110,3kw @ 9250rpm 70 kw – 95 hp @ 7750 rpm 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm 78 kW @ 8250 rpm
Torque 12,1kgm – 87,5lb-ft – 118,7Nm @7500rpm 12.1kgm – 87,5lb-ft – 118,7Nm @7500rpm 102.9 Nm – 10.5 kgm @ 4750 rpm 89lb-ft – 120 Nm at 6,000 rpm 100 Nm @6750 rpm
Fuel injection Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni
elliptical throttle bodies
Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni
elliptical throttle bodies
Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle
body
Electronic intake pipe injection / BMS-K+ digital
engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition
Keihin electronic fuel injection
Exhaust Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2
lambda probes, alluminium tail pipes
Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2
lambda probes, alluminium tail pipes
Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle
body
Twin stainless steel exhausts with regulated catalytic
converter
Transmission
Gearbox 6 speed 6 speed 6 speed Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox 6 gears, dog clutch engagement
Ratio 1=37/15  2=30/17  3=27/20  4=24/22  5=23/24  6=22/25 1=37/15  2=30/17  3=27/20  4=24/22  5=23/24  6=22/25 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24,
6th 24/28
2.82:1 to 2.91:1 (lowered from previous models)
Primary drive Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1 Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1 Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1 helical gear teeth
Final drive Chain 5.30″; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 40 Chain 5.30″; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 40 Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42 Shaft drive
Clutch Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic
control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.
Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic
control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.
Wet multiplate with hydraulic control Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated Wet multi-disc clutch, operated hydraulically
Chassis
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame Tubular steel Trellis frame Tubular steel Trellis frame Two-section frame consisting of front and rear
sections, load- bearing engine-gearbox unit
Chromium-Molybdenum trellis frame, powder-coated
Wheelbase 1530mm 1530mm 1462 mm / 57.6 in 1,507 mm 1570 ± 10 mm
Rake 25° 25° 24°
Steering lock 76° 76°
Front suspension Marzocchi 50mm fully adjustable USD forks Ohlins 48mm fully adjustable USD forks, electronic
compression and rebound adjustment
Ohlins 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down fork with
TiN
BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 41 mm,
central spring strut, spring preload with 5-position mechanical adjustment
WP USD Ø 48 mm (1.89″)
Front wheel travel 170mm (6.7in) 170mm (6.7in) 165 mm / 6.5 in 190 mm 210mm/8.27 in
Front wheel 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17 6-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17 2.50 x 19″ Cast aluminum wheels 2.15 x 21 Wire Spoked
Front tyre 120/70 ZR 17 120/70 ZR 17 120/70 ZR 17 110/80 R 19 90/90-21″
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs
monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohlins
electronic monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohlins
monoshock; hydraulic remote pre-load control. Aluminium single-sided
swingarm
Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW
Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load
hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound
damping adjustable
WP mono shock PDS with hydr. spring preload
Rear wheel travel 170mm (6.7in) 170mm (6.7in) 141 mm / 5.6 in 200 mm 210mm/8.27 in
Rear wheel 10-spoke light alloy 6,00 x 17 10-spoke light alloy 6,00 x 17 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17 4.00 x 17″ Cast aluminum wheels 4.25 x 18″ Wire Spoked
Rear tyre 190/55 ZR 17 190/55 ZR 17 180/55 ZR 17 150/70 R 17 150/70 R 18
Front brake 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo
callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad. ABS optional
2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo
callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad. ABS as standard equipment
2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston, 2-pad
caliper
Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 305
mm, 4-piston fixed calipers
2 x Brembo two piston, floating caliper, floating
brake disc Ø 300 mm
Rear
brake
245mm disc, 2-piston calliper 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston
floating caliper
Brembo two piston, floating caliper, floating brake
disc Ø 240 mm (9.45″)
Fuel tank capacity 20l – 5.3 gallon (US) 20l – 5.3 gallon (US) 20 L (of which 6.5 l reserve) / 5.3 US gal (of which
1.7 US gal reserve)
20 l 19.5 Liters / 4 litres reserve (5.15 / 1.06 gal)
Dry weight (excludes lubricants and battery) 189kg (417lb) – No ABS 192kg (423lb – Sport Edition 196 kg / 432 lbs 203 kg 209 kg (460.75 lbs)
Wet weight 217kg (478lb) – No ABS 220kg (485lb) – Sport Edition 229 kg
Seat height 850 mm 850 mm 850 mm / 33.5 in 850 / 870 mm (low seat 820 mm, lowered suspension 790
mm)
860 mm (33.86″)
Max height 1400 mm 1400 mm
Max length 2150 mm 2150 mm 2130 mm 2,210 mm
Versions Dual seat, ABS optional Dual seat, ABS as standard equipment available in two packages: -SPORT (Cam belt covers, air intake and hugger in
carbon fibre) -TOURING (side panniers, heated grips and center
stand)
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