Both Ducati and KTM have unveiled new adventure bikes, showing once again how important this category of machine is to manufacturers.
Ducati has updated its Multistrada with a new look, a tweak to the Testastretta engine and the addition of a semi-active suspension system. Called Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), the system creates an imaginary ‘hook’ in the air that the electronics use to calculate the suspension’s movement and to keep the bike level and pitch-free.
Ducati will release more information when the bike is launched later this month. PH2 will bring you a full technical explanation when we get our heads around it!
KTM 1190: 150bhp on gravel anyone?
Over in Austria, KTM has updated the Adventure and Adventure R with a new 150hp 1190 engine that contains ride-by-wire technology, traction control and a slipper clutch. The chassis gets electronic WP suspension, a new look and adjustable riding position. Again, more info will be released later this month.