2021 Ducati multistrada v4 specifications and facts

2021 Ducati multistrada v4 specifications and facts

 I don’t want to dwell on lists of features, as the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S has enough to make this story book-length. Let me refer you to UltimateMotorcycling.com Website Editor Ron Lieback’s First Look story on the Multistrada V4 for a full rundown. The big news, of course, is the use of a non-desmo motor and a monocoque main frame rather than a trellis design—two things that the most diehard Ducatisti may find difficult to accept. However, once they ride the Multistrada V4, I expect a full Italian embrace of the motorcycle by the faithful.

At the launch, Ducati executives made it clear what the objectives were for the new Multistrada—to be the pinnacle of performance and technology in the ADV segment, build a new Gran Turismo engine derived from the Desmosedici Stradale V4 that delivers a powerful/usable/smooth output, engineer a capable off-road motorcycle, and provide class-leading valve and service intervals. Multistrada means “many roads” in Italian, and this motorcycle definitely needs to be ambitious to meet all those purposes. It would not be a Ducati if it did not also heavily emphasize style, sophistication, performance, and a word I heard a lot during the presentation—trust.

I’m partial to the ADV segment and have owned many motorcycles in this category over the years. What I’ve always enjoyed most about them is how versatile they are. I spend a lot of time in the canyons with my friends, on a racetrack, or on multi-day trips. The 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 is another great step in that direction.

Sure, it has a 19-inch front wheel, and I’ve been asked whether that inhibits its performance on the street. After riding it on technical and challenging roads, not once did I feel the front tire size hold me back. In fact, if I had one in my garage, I’d gladly do track days on it.

Tire manufacturers got wise to the fact that many ADV owners don’t spend a lot of time in the dirt, and have made tires that are 100 percent street-focused. The Multistrada V4’s Pirelli Scorpion Trail II standard tires are as grippy as the hypersport tires of just a few years ago.

The Multi handles brilliantly on the road. Whether I was bouncing around town, upping the pace in the canyons to a “brisk” pace, on the highway, or in traffic, it over-delivered in every way. The Multistrada V4 is comfortable, smooth, linear in its power delivery, and has no problem being on the side of the Pirelli. The more I threw at it, the more it made me feel it had way more to offer than I was asking of it.

The Brembo Stylema brakes are top-notch, naturally, and trail braking into corners is nothing short of perfect. The brakes have a very linear feel to them, and it does not take much to get the Multistrada V4 to slow or stop when needed—think superbike stopping power, but not at the expense of touch.

Tons of cornering clearance is there for when you’re leaned over. Of all the ADV motorcycles I’ve ridden, the Multistrada V4 S puts the “sport” into sport-touring/ADV riding better than the rest—yes, even with a 19-inch front tire. I don’t know exactly how the Ducati engineers did it, but they did it.

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