No, that is not a misprint: Ducati has announced that the 2010 Multistrada 1200 will require major service intervals (valve clearance inspections) every 15,000 miles. Complex valve adjustment procedures, previously required at 7,500 miles and beyond the realm of most shade tree mechanics, often meant that riders of modest means shopped elsewhere.
Ducati claims the new Testastretta motor improves fuel efficiency, reduces maintenance costs and produces lower emission, while maintaining the level of performance expected from Ducati. New, harder valve seat material was used in the Testastretta motor to enable the longer service intervals. Prices start at $14,995 for the 1200 without ABS and jump to $19,995 for the top of the line Sport version. A base version with ABS is also available for $16,495.
Styling on the old Multistrada was polarizing, with riders falling into the “love it” or “hate it” camps. Personally, I thought it was ugly as sin, not something I often say about Italian designs. The new Multistrada 1200 loses the bloated fairing and bland lines, and returns to Ducati’s more traditional (read: minimalist) styling. I like the look and love the functionality, so look for a ride report in the near future.