WE seem to have seen more of the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 during the last twelve months than pretty much any other incoming model. Be it official teaser campaigns, or spy-shots taken from the window of a passing car.
Now though, we can wonder no more, as the official unveiling of the machine took place last night. With the new V4 powerplant getting its own reveal over the last couple of weeks – full details can be found here – it’s really on the chassis hardware, electronics, and styling we are still waiting to see.
On the styling front, it is definitely a Multistrada. The design language that has followed the bike since its restyle in 2010 is very much still present, albeit in this new, fresh form. The biggest clue that this is the latest generation Multistrada is, of course, the thumping great 1,158cc engine, although there are some other clues too.
The flanks of the bike also have been tweaked, with gill-slits now helping to channel air from the back of the radiator and away from the rider. The swingarm for this bike has also been changed, with the single-sided item of the old 1260 being replaced by a double-sided swingarm.
One of the big talking points with the new Multistrada V4 is the inclusion of radar-guided cruise control. That’s a first on a production motorcycle, something Ducati will be very happy to have done before BMW managed it.
The system features a radar sensor at the front and rear of the bike that can be targeted on a vehicle travelling ahead, with the system altering the bike’s speed to that of the target vehicle. The radars also provide the Multistrada with blind-spot detection (BSD), allowing the system to alert the rider to a vehicle that may be otherwise hidden from view.
Included in the bike’s slick-looking TFT are a host of riding modes covering Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro. Each offers a different throttle map, engine power, and suspension setting for the given application. As with the previous Multistrada, the new bike features a host of high-tech rider assistance systems including traction control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, and hill hold control. When you take that and then include the adaptive cruise control and the BSD, it really is one of the most advanced sports touring motorcycles on the market.
Multistrada V4 specs
- Ducati V4 Granturismo 1158 cc engine with valve play checks at 60,000 km intervals
- Aluminium monocoque frame, steel tubes subframe and aluminium double-sided swing arm
- Marzocchi mechanical suspension with adjustable fork with 50 mm diameter stanchions and adjustable monoshock with cantilever layout. 170 mm travel front and 180 rear
- Pirelli SCORPION™ Trail II, 120/70-19” tyre on the front and 170/60-17” on the rear
- Bosch-Brembo 10.3ME Cornering ABS system
- 320 mm front brake discs, Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial callipers
- Full LED headlamp with DRL system
- Instrument panel with 5” full colour high-resolution TFT screen
- Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
- Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) Bosch
- Power Mode
- Riding Mode
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
- Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO
Multistrada V4 S
- Ducati Red with glossy black wheels with red tag
- Aviator Grey with glossy black wheels with red tag
Main as-standard equipment – as per Multistrada V4 except for:
- Electronic semi-active Marzocchi Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution suspension system with Autoleveling function. 170 mm travel front and 180 rear
- Also available with alloy or spoked wheels
- 330 mm front brake discs with Brembo Stilema 4-piston radial callipers
- Full LED headlamp with DRL system and Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)
- Hands Free ignition
- Instrument panel with 6,5” full colour TFT screen
- Ducati Connect with smartphone, music, and navigator app
- Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down
- Cruise Control
- Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)
Ducati Multistrada V4 S accessory packs:
|Radiator guard||Side bags||Top case||Akrapovič silencer|
|Lateral guards||Centre stand||Tank bag||Carbon mudguard|
|Engine protection||Heated grips||USB port|