The Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|air

The Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|air

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Ducati introduces the Multistrada 1200 S Touring D|air model, featuring an integrated, intelligent safety system wirelessly connected to Ducati Apparel D|air® airbag jackets by Dainese. Marking a “worlds first” in the motorcycle industry and combining the innovative designs from two famous Italian brands, the new Ducati model takes a significant step forward in two-wheel safety.

The cooperation of expertise between Ducati and Dainese has produced an intelligent system that uses sensors built into the Multistrada 1200 S Touring‟s electronics to constantly understand the vehicle‟s dynamic situation, deploying only when subjected to a genuine accident scenario. The Multistrada D|air® system completes the data analysis and airbag deployment inside both the rider and passenger jackets in just 45 milliseconds, considerably reducing the risk of injury upon impact.

The Ducati D|air® is the first production motorcycle with an integrated jacket airbag system to complete the necessary tests for certification by Germany’s rigorous TÜV SÜD, the association responsible for defining the standards for wearable airbags. Ducati‟s premiere of the technology, developed with Dainese, further underlines the Italian motorcycle manufacturer‟s commitment to enhanced safety, already represented by their Ducati Safety Pack consisting of multi-level ABS, traction control and power-controlling Ride-by-Wire.

The Ducati Multistrada D|air®, which is also equipped with Ducati‟s semi-active Skyhook suspension, will be available in European Ducati Dealerships from May 2014 onwards along with the D|air® Street jackets.

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The system‟s intelligence is able to recognise the main scenarios in which the Multistrada D|air® must deploy its airbag jackets. Those scenarios include: a) the vehicle‟s frontal impact into another object, b) collision impact into the side of a vehicle side or rear impact from another vehicle and c) when control is lost and the motorcycle is sliding on its side. In this last scenario, the airbag deploys ready to provide protection against the rider or passenger sliding into an obstacle.

By recognising these scenarios, the system avoids to deploy during non-dangerous incidents, such as aggressive sport riding, losing balance while manoeuvring at low speed or the motorcycle simply falling over while parked.

The Ducati D|air® Street jacket (not included with motorcycle) is designed for long-range touring and provides maximum protection and comfort by introducing the D|air® airbag technology with GORE-TEX® membrane. In addition to the D|air® Street airbag system, which is powered-on with a slide switch built into jacket, the garment is equipped with shoulder and elbow protectors and a Wave back protector inside a waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® fabric with detachable thermal lining. The highly innovative system is designed, developed and patented by Italian manufacturer, Dainese S.p.A., a world leader in the field of protective clothing for motorcyclists.

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The D|air® Street jacket reduces impact energy transmitted to the body by up to 72% compared with a back protector and up to 89% compared with a chest protector. This substantially enhances back, collarbones and chest protection in addition to limiting the „tilting‟ of the wearer’s head in relation to the neck, by reducing excessive helmet movement while “tumbling” during an accident.

The D|air® Street jacket‟s integral system, which requires a maintenance check every 24 months starting from its first connection (pairing) with the Multistrada D|air®, is powered by a battery pack charged via a USB connection built into the garment, from which a 5 hour charge will guarantee 30 hours of autonomy. The D|air® jacket maintenance reminders and battery levels are clearly communicated to the rider via the Multistrada‟s instrumentation.

The brand new D|air® system is fully integrated into the highly acclaimed Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the multi-tasking motorcycle that features confidence-inspiring electronics, including the advanced Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

The D|air® introduction continues the Multistrada adventure with a long list of fascinating and high-tech features that enhance the model’s reputation for industry-changing innovation, including the second generation Testastretta 11° DS engine and the Bosch ABS 9ME braking system with full Riding Mode integration.

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Hailed as a true “game-changing” motorcycle, the Multistrada 1200 S Touring has attracted all types of riders by removing the borders between motorcycle categories. With the latest 150hp Testastretta 11° DS engine, a class-leading dry weight of just 207kg* and the application of advanced ergonomics, the Multistrada is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels. The eight-level DTC and three-level ABS of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) is now in addition to the innovative new D|air® system, further underlining Ducati’s focus on performance safety.