#5 – Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring

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The touring Multistrada is the best-seller of the Multis, indicating the clamor among adventure-tourers for an option to BMW’s venerable R1200GS. In our Best of 2010  Awards, we said the Multistrada featured “the best combination of sport, touring and commuting that we’ve ever experienced” – and as Duke noted in his October 2012 review, that statement rings even truer with the S Touring model.

Revised in 2013 to further augment its long-distance capabilities (Duke gushed over the pinch-adjustable windscreen), the Multistrada S is still four bikes in one, with its various ride modes adding dimensions to touring only dreamed about with other bikes, and its semi-active suspension self-adjusting for conditions on the fly. With standard traction control and ABS, it’s got all the high-tech gadgetry touring aficionados could want, while holding onto Duc’s hooligan heritage by co-opting tuning and components of the popular Panigale.