Clutch and Chrome took a closer look at motorcycle police officers and the rides they cruise on in our 2015 article, ‘Police Motorcycles - What's Available and What's Coming’. Many of the forces featured in that story may be envious with the new model a certain Italian force are just starting to use.
According to Wikipedia, motorcycle units are known as "motor units" and motorcycle officers are known as motor officers. We complicate this further with the force in Italy, the ‘Carabinieri’, which is a military unit tasked with policing both military and civilian populations. Anyone who has toured around Italy may've been perplexed by seeing two police forces on the streets of Italian cities and towns. Officially, the Carabinieri are one of the four Italian Armed Forces, but with a history dating back to the 1800’s, they are also a form of law enforcement.
What’s more, they are some very styling law enforcement.
The Arms of Carabinieri have chosen the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S and Multistrada 1200 Enduro as their official motorcycles, riding first in the cities of Rome and Milan. This move was made official in a ceremony held in Rome on Monday, May 22nd where ceremonial motorcycles were presented to the Commander General of the Corps of Arms, Tullio Del Sette, and the heads of the Carabinieri Staff.
On hand was Ducati’s Chief Executive Officer, Claudio Domenicali who proudly handed over the new rides. The Multistrada 1200 S and Multistrada 1200 Enduro feature a livery including colors and logos of the Carabinieri as well as some design changes to make the motorcycles better suited to military and law enforcement use. This includes additional storage, sound and lighting equipment as well as accommodations of radios.
"Ducati is particularly proud to be able to provide the technology, style and quality of [the Multistrada] to the Arms of Carabinieri," Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding CEO said at the ceremony. "With its 160 HP, the Multistrada is an exceptional vehicle as a combination of performance, essential for comfort, handling and loading capabilities. I'm really convinced that the typical Ducati sportsmanship combined with the quality and reliability of our brand represent an excellent combination for this job."
Motorcycle enthusiasts who can’t quite make it to Italy anytime soon should watch press coverage of the upcoming G7 summit taking place in Taormina on May 26 and 27, 2017. The Carabinieri are expected to ride their brand new Ducati bikes escorting dignitaries from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States when they meet to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy.
Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding CEO on the new Carabinieri Multistrada 1200