The Ducati Multistrada V4 looks set to be a two-wheeled continent crusher

Ducati just unveiled its new 170hp V4 adventure bike

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Ducati has just unveiled the Multistrada V4 – a 170hp adventure bike that's packed with electronics.

This is the first bike to include adaptive cruise control, operated by a front-mounted radar module which can keep you a set distance from the car ahead. A similar module on the back of the bike can flag up warnings when a vehicle enters your blind spots.

The Multistrada's always been known as the adventure bike with the sportiest ride and punchiest engine – and the new V4 Granturismo motor looks set to continue the trend. It puts out 170hp and 125Nm of torque from its 1158cc capacity, with peak power arriving at 10,500rpm and peak twist coming in at 8,750rpm. Because there's no Desmodromic valve system, the first major valve clearance service will only be due at 60,000km (37,282 miles), so it's nice to see a Multistrada that can tackle some properly big distances without seeing a workshop.

This is the top-spec V4 S Sport model, with a three-tone paint scheme and Akra can

This is the top-spec V4 S Sport model, with a three-tone paint scheme and Akra can

Chassis

The Multi V4 uses a new chassis, with an aluminium monocoque up front, a trellis subframe and a double-sided swingarm to support the rear wheel. All-up weight for the Multistrada V4S model is 215kg without any fluids, and auto-levelling semi-active Skyhook electronic suspension – there is an entry-level bike that gets non-electronic Marzocchi suspension. You get 170mm of suspension travel from the front fork and 180mm at the back, with an overall ground clearance of 220mm, which goes some way to supporting Ducati's claim that the new Multi will be pretty capable off-road.

This is the V4 S in Aviator Grey

This is the V4 S in Aviator Grey

Braking comes from Panigale-spec Brembo Stylema calipers on the S model, and less fancy (but probably still perfectly fine) M4 calipers on the non-S model.

Electronic gubbins

The 1200 Multistrada set the bar for adventure bike electronics back in 2010 with its four rider modes, and the new V4 is no different. It gets lean-sensitive cornering lights (on the S model), lean-sensitive ABS, traction control and the aforementioned optional radar cruise control. All your riding info is displayed on a 6.5-inch colour TFT screen on the S model and a smaller five-inch screen on the non-S.

S models get a 6.5-inch screen, boggo-spec bikes get a 5-inch job

S models get a 6.5-inch screen, boggo-spec bikes get a 5-inch job

When can I get one?

The new Multistrada V4 will be available from the end of November – and there are a couple of versions to choose from. There's the regular Multistrada V4, and the electronically suspended V4 S, which can come with spoked or alloy wheels. There are several factory-built option packs for the V4 S – we don't have full details on these yet but they're called Essential, Radar, Travel, Performance and 'Full' – the latter is presumably the kitchen sink job.

Sitting above the V4S there's the V4 S Sport – this gets a different paintjob, the performance pack, an Akrapovic end can and a carbon-fibre front mudguard. Phew.

Oh, and you can get the V4S in grey as well as red. Rejoice.

Are you going to do this with your Multistrada? Really? Fair play

Are you going to do this with your Multistrada? Really? Fair play

Get the full lowdown on the bike by watching the full presentation below.

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Comments (3)

  • It all looks very, very expensive when you drop it... which you will, at some point. That mountain of plastic where the 'tank' lives, is farcical. A proper tourer needs LESS, not more things to break on it. It needs copious protection, built into the design. A low centre of gravity means low engine and low fuel. This helps you pick it up when you drop it. It needs big fuel capacity to provide good range between rare and infrequent filling stations. If you can afford a Ducati, you will not live out of a tent (except when your best laid plans go awry). you will not need ludicrous luggage capacity... leave that to those martyrs to heavy haulage and harsh outdoor living, the GS Brigade. A Ducati Tourer is for the gentleman tourist, the lady adventurer, who travel between bedrooms and restaurants and cafes. They venture off the road for the joy of it, not because they must. This is yet another bike following the fat-car world, getting larger and larger, with every swelling rendering the thing less practical and more of a garage queen. For Heaven's sake Ducati, stop talking florid bollox and get back to design following function... just as you excelled at, before VAG cut your balls off.

      5 months ago
  • Wow! The front looks even worse than the previous one!

      5 months ago
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