Specification comparison: 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro vs Triumph Tiger 1200 vs BMW R 1250 GSA
Ducati has launched the 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro at Rs 19.99 lakh, ex-showroom. The off-road based ADV offering from Ducati comes loaded with features and technology that make the Enduro more purpose built than before. The 2019 iteration has been worked upon in terms of design that makes it look a tad more sporty. However, it just does not end there as Ducati has replaced the 1,200cc engine with a more powerful 1260 unit that is offered on the xDiavel and the other Multistrada offerings such as the 1260, 1260S and also the Pikes Peak edition. The 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro locks horns with the BMW R 1250 GSA, an ADV known for its off-road riding potential.
The different chapters of GS Trophy have already highlighted the core potential of the GS, which makes it one of the most popular choices for someone looking for a hardcore ADV in India. These two motorcycles also have a third rival, the Triumph Tiger 1200. With a large network and a wide spread portfolio of motorcycles across different budgets, Triumph has established itself as one of the most successful premium motorcycle brands in the country. Where do these motorcycles - Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro, Triumph Tiger 1200 and the BMW R 1250 GSA stand against each other?
Among these three motorcycles, the Triumph Tiger 1200's displacement is 1,215cc which is lower when you compare it with the displacement of the other two. The BWM R 1250 GSA gets a 1,254cc twin-cylinder engine whereas the Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro is offered with a 1,262cc engine. The most powerful of the lot is the Italian as its motor churns out 158.3PS at 9,500rpm. The GS and the Tiger have similar power figures at 136PS at 7,750rpm and 141PS at 9,350rpm. In terms of torque rating, the BMW GS comes with Shift Cam and that makes its the most torque-y offering at 143Nm produced at 6,250rpm. The Multistrada 1260 Enduro and the Tiger 1200 makes lower torque of 128Nm and 122Nm respectively. In terms of weight, the lighter offering is the Tiger 1200 at 251kg, whereas the Multistrada 1260 Enduro is 3 kg heavier than the Tiger. The heaviest of the lot is the BMW R 1250 GSA. It should be known that the Tiger comes with a fuel tank of 20L whereas the other two are offered with 30L fuel tanks. Among these three motorcycles, we believe the Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro should be a better performer compared to the Triumph Tiger 1200 which has been primarily the ADV for tarmac riding. If its as entertaining as the BMW R 1250 GSA is something that we need to find out in real world conditions.
On the BMW R 1250 GS, There are two riding modes available as standard in order to be able to adapt the motorcycle to individual rider preferences. The standard Automatic Stability Control ASC ensures a high level of riding safety due to the best possible traction.
The set-off assistant Hill Start Control is likewise a standard feature in all three models, enabling convenient set-off on slopes. Riding Modes Pro is now available as an optional equipment item, featuring the additional riding mode Dynamic and Dynamic Pro (configurable), Dynamic Traction Control DTC, and in the R 1250 GS Adventurre also the riding modes Enduro and Enduro Pro (configurable). he Multistrada 1260 Enduro comes equipped with an updated electronics suite. One of the biggest additions has to be DQS or Ducati's bi-directional quick shifter that allows clutchless up and downshifts. You can shift up without having to close the throttle and the engine also auto-blips for downshifts.
The quickshifter is particularly helpful when riding off-road while standing up on the footpegs, as it allows you to focus better on the road. Riding modes haven't changed and the 1260 Enduro offers you Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro modes just like before. Every single aspect of each riding mode can be customised as well. There's a six-axis IMU on the Multistrada 1260 Enduro now just like the 1260. The Triumph 1200 comes with a high resolution TFT display and illuminated switchgear. The 2018 Tiger 1200 also gets new riding modes and a hill-hold function to enhance its ride-ability further.
The Ducati Multistrada 1260 has a seat height of 840 mm to 880 mm. The Triumph Tiger 1200 features adjustable two position seat mechanism allowing the rider to lower seat height by 20mm from 855mm to 835mm to suit the style and provide a more comfortable riding experience. On the BMW R 1250 GSA, the adjustable 890-910 mm seat height is similar to what was offered previously. However, the low seat option has been lowered to 820mm, which is the lowest among the three.
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