Classy Italian Bike Torque: Ducati get rough ride
‘Faster, higher, stronger’ could be maker’s motto
THERE are probably other ways to risk thrashing a beautiful piece of Italian motorcycle machinery – but I can’t think of any more risky than this.
Ducati rider and tester Andrea Rossi, took first place in the Twin-cylinder category and ninth overall in the recent Transanatolia Rally 2020 off-road competition on his Multistrada 1260 Enduro. The Transanatolia Rally is one of the world’s top rally-raid events.
The Turkish race is a demanding one for motorbikes and competitors alike and sees both professional and amateur riders at the start. The route features extremely rocky terrain that alternates with dirt roads, sand and very fast stages.
The 2020 edition was held between August 15 and 22 and the itinerary, developed over seven days, included the departure from Istanbul to arrive in Şile, crossing the cities of Abant, Aymana and Karadag – a total of 2,850km.
The bike retails at €23,610 in Ireland, but the Multistrada 1260 Enduro that raced in Turkey was equipped with bull-bars, radiator guards and typeapproved silencer all from the Ducati Performance accessories selection.
The configuration was standard with the exception of a high saddle more suitable for extreme offroad, suspensions adjusted according to routes and side number plates required by race regulations.
“Since 2016, I started working with Ducati on the development of the Multistrada Enduro project, so I know very well its potential, its robustness and its countless qualities, which is why it was decided to participate in a demanding rally like the Transanatolia with a practically standard bike,” explained Andrea Rossi.
“We had to tackle exhausting stages of slow, stony and technically punishing mountain, very fast stages on the Anatolian dirt tracks and stages on the sand of the Black Sea beaches.
The Multistrada 1260 Enduro overcame all adversities in an excellent way. For me, it was a great joy to take it to victory in the Twin-cylinder category and in the top 10 of the overall classification.”
The Multistrada 1260 Enduro covered seven stages in seven days, with a daily average of 450km for eight hours of navigation per day.
It climbed a 3,000-metre mountain and reached a top speed of 203km/h on the salt lake of Tuz Golu.
For off-road enthusiasts, Ducati has the DRE Enduro Academy, a course that allows participants to learn the basics of off-road riding or refine their technique.