The Italians have finally revealed all the details about the big bike from Bologna that we’ve been hearing about for years.

It’s been teased, leaked and spied – but now it’s finally here; the Ducati Multistrada V4. Of course, there’s a fair amount we already know about the bike. We know that the 1158cc V4 engine knocks out 168bhp at 10,500rpm and 92ft-lb of torque at 8750rpm. Not bad for a big adventure bike. It’s a bit of step down from the V4’s that power the Panigale and Streetfighter – but that’s because the factory has got rid of the Desmodromic valves to help the bike achieve a 37,000-mile valve service interval.


As you’d expect, the Multistrada V4 is dripping with the latest electronics. It gets lean sensitive ABS, traction control and riding modes – which are all controlled through a new colour TFT dash (5-inch on the standard bike and 6.5-inch on the S). And you can even opt for radar guided cruise control technology – which does what it says on the tine and then some. It can also use a rear-facing radar unit to warn the rider of fast approaching traffic and act as a blind spot detector. It will set you back another £1950 though.

It gets a set of twin Brembo radial calipers biting onto 330mm discs up front and a single disc at the rear – while the electronic Skyhook suspension remains, automatically adjusting as you ride.


Available in standard trim (with adjustable Marzocchi suspension and M4.32 Brembos) for £15,495, as the S (with Skyhook suspension and Stylema brakes) at a cost of £18,395, or the S Sport version (with the same kit as the S, plus a different colour scheme, an Akrapovic exhaust and a carbon mudguard) for £19,995.

Ross Mowbray

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