By now, you've already heard about Ducati’s new Multistrada. The Bologna-based motorcycle maker has steadily been trickling information about it since it was confirmed for production.
It started with leaked images of the upcoming adventure bike at the factory in Bologna. One of the most evident changes in the fourth generation Multistrada was the shift to a four-cylinder engine.
Then, there were the little hints that were published on Ducati's official social media pages, indirectly revealing the upcoming bike’s specifications.
Besides being the first production motorcycle ever to integrate anti-collision Radar similar to the ones used by high-end cars, the new Ducati Multistrada boasts an overall reworked package versus the outgoing model.
It is now powered by a four-cylinder, 1,158cc Granturismo engine, that packs 172 Ps of power and 125 Nm of torque. What sets this new engine apart from most modern Ducati engines is the extended valve maintenance interval, now as long as once every 60,000 kilometers. The oil change interval is set to every 15,000 kilometers. Newer, more complex engines are usually fussier and more difficult to maintain, but Ducati has strived to make it more reliable.
Also new for the Multistrada is the reworked frame which gives the bike a more compact stance and less weight than its predecessor, now tipping the scales at 215 kg total.
New riding modes
As for rider aids, the new Multistrada boasts of features like Cornering ABS, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), and Ducati Traction Control (DTC). On the Multistrada V4 S, there's even Cornering Lights (DCL).
Also standard on the Multistrada V4 S is Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), which makes it easy to start and pull away from a dead stop on steeply inclined roads. It also gets the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) control system with Autoleveling function, works constantly works with the inertial platform (IMU) to regularly adjust itself.
Colors and packages
The Multistrada is offered in V4, V4 S and V4 Sport. The central model of the range, the V4 S, is available in "Aviator Grey" color as well as in red. The Ducati Multistrada V4 S can be ordered with both alloy wheels and spoked wheels.
For added customizability, Ducati also offers special packages of configurations that can be ordered like Essential, Travel, Radar, Performance, and Full. It is already possible to view all the configuration options in its dedicated microsite in the Ducati website.
The third version is the Multistrada V4 S Sport, which offers a particularly bold dedicated livery. Part of its standard Performance package is an Akrapovič exhaust and carbon front fender.
The new Ducati Multistrada V4 will be tentatively available in Ducati PH dealerships by the 1st quarter of 2021. Prices have yet to be determined.