As it would appear, we can look forward to 2021 with a slew of new high-end motorcycles to grace the global market — most of which featuring groundbreaking technology and improved performance. Of course, Ducati is not one to miss out, as it has just unveiled the new 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4. In perhaps the most un-Ducati move, the new Multistrada comes with a V4 engine devoid of Desmodromic valves. The updates don’t end here, however. Overall, the new Multistrada is now more capable than ever, and here’s why.
When taking a glance at Ducati’s new and improved big-bore adventure bike, the iconic Multistrada look remains, albeit beefed up and tweaked for the times. That being said, the bike is all-new from head to toe. Sporting slightly updated dimensions, the new bike is taller and has a shorter wheelbase, giving it a more compact, aggressive aesthetic. The fuel tank has been given a sizable boost to accommodate a full tank of 22 liters.
Aesthetics aside, the new Multistrada is bestowed with the mighty V4 Granturismo engine. At 1,158cc the new engine is slightly smaller than the outgoing model, albeit churning out a punchy 170 hp and 125 Nm of torque. Now, perhaps the most interesting thing to note about this engine is the fact that it doesn’t come with Ducati’s iconic Desmodromic valves. Instead, it uses the traditional valve spring actuation found on other engines.
Among the updates to the Multistrada include revised dimensions. Shorter riders would be hard-pressed to fit comfortably on this bike, what with its towering 840mm seat height. Not to mention, the Multistrada is by no means a featherweight. Tipping the scales at 478 lbs dry, and over 500 lbs ready to roll, we’d definitely say that the new Multistrada V4 belongs nowhere near beginner riders.
The 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 now comes standard with a 5-inch full-color TFT display which allows you to control a myriad of the bike’s functions. These include power and riding modes, wheelie control, and traction control among others. The V4 S, the special edition variant, sports a larger 6.5-inch display and has additional cruise control, hill start assist, and Ducati Connect smartphone integration.
As far as pricing is concerned, Ducati has yet to release the figures for the global market. That being said, we can expect information on this bike to be released — especially for whether or not we can expect to see it in the local market — really soon.