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Ducati Takes the Wraps Off New 2021 Multistrada V4

As previously reported, Ducati today has unveiled a new Multistrada V4 with radar safety assistance, and greatly extended engine maintenance intervals. The new engine makes a claimed 170 horsepower, while motivating a claimed dry weight of just 473 pounds.

Not surprisingly, the new Multistrada V4 features all of the state-of-the-art electronic rider aids, integrated with an IMU. The radar system allows both Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection, features increasingly common on new automobiles.

Here are all of the details in a press release from Ducati:

Ducati presents the new Multistrada V4: ruling all roads has never been so easy

  • Ducati unveils the fourth generation of one of its most popular families to the world: the Multistrada V4
  • Ducati performances and sportiness are combined with unprecedented ride comfort and versatility that allows it to be effective in all riding conditions
  • Equipped with the V4 Granturismo engine, the Multistrada V4 has record maintenance intervals, it offers an integrated navigation system and is the first motorcycle in the world to be equipped with front and rear radar
  • The first episode of the Ducati World Première with all the details of the bike narrated by Claudio Domenicali is available on Ducati.com and YouTube

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 4 November 2020 – Ducati has unveiled the new Multistrada V4 to the world during the first episode of the Ducati World Première web series.

The Multistrada has a name that alone encapsulates an ambitious promise to keep: the ability to offer great versatility. In fact, it was born with the intention of being a sporty yet comfortable motorcycle, able to tackle any road condition, asphalt or dirt road, with safety and solidity.

In 18 years, over 110,000 units have been produced and since its inception in 2003 it has been able to evolve, expanding its scope of use. The first Multistrada was a sports bike, with good torque and mainly suitable for road use. The 2010 version was the first “four bikes in one”, the first bike in the world with Riding Mode. In 2015, however, the first engine equipped with variable timing was presented, which improved the smoothness of delivery.

The fourth generation of Multistrada is an even more performing bike, but still easier to ride. More robust and at the same time lighter. More versatile and comfortable, but effective in all riding conditions. In other words, Ducati wanted the Multistrada V4 to be the best “Multi” ever. In short, more Multistrada than ever.

The Multistrada V4 is “Sport” because it is light and compact, has 170 hp, electronic MotoGP aids and a chassis with agile dimensions for an exciting and effective ride on mixed terrain. It is “Touring” thanks to the main maintenance intervals set every 60,000 km, to the obsessive attention paid in the development phase to ride comfort, to the Radar systems (the first motorcycle in the world to have both front and rear), to the map navigator that can be viewed on the dashboard and to the cornering lights. It is “Enduro” thanks to excellent off-road capabilities, electronic suspension, smooth delivery, and gear ratios. It is “Urban” because it guarantees great ease of use at low speeds, but also thanks to smartphone connectivity and a careful study of thermal comfort. This explains why dominating all the roads has never been so easy.

The design work done on the Multistrada V4 is extremely functional to its technical spirit and has given rise to a solid, robust, yet refined aesthetic result. Ducati designers have worked on the proportions and compactness of the motorcycle body within the wheelbase, to favour the perfect combination of form and function. This fact is immediately noticeable by the predominant volumes on the front with muscular but sexy lines to integrate the 22-litre tank, combined with the slim rear that allows an optimal riding position even when standing in off-road sections. The study of the aerodynamic flows was aimed at guaranteeing the maximum possible comfort for the rider.

The engine is the real beating heart of this bike: the V4 Granturismo. Lightweight (66.7 kg) and compact, it has a lot of punch but proves to be exceptionally smooth and fluid at low revs, with a lot of backbone in the mid-range and exciting at high revs. The V4 Granturismo has a displacement of 1,158 cc and delivers 170 hp (125 kW) at 10,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 125 Nm (12.7 kgm) at 8,750 rpm. In addition, adopting this engine allows for a significant lengthening of maintenance intervals: on the Multistrada V4 the oil change is scheduled every 15,000 km, while valve clearance check and eventual adjustment is required every 60,000 km. No bike in production goes that far.

The electronic package of the Multistrada V4 is the state of the art in the motorcycle sector for safety, comfort, performance, and connectivity. The inertial platform (IMU) manages the operation of ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), here in “cornering” version and, on the Multistrada V4 S, the Cornering Lights (DCL).

Also standard on the Multistrada V4 S is Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), which makes it easy to restart on sloping roads. On the Multistrada V4 S, the inertial platform also communicates continuously with the semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) control system with Autoleveling function.

With the Multistrada V4, Ducati also introduces an absolute first in the world of motorcycles: the revolutionary front and rear radar system, which allows the use of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD). Radars are advanced auxiliary systems that Ducati has developed together with a top-level technological partner such as Bosch and are able to support and make riding more comfortable thanks to the ability to reconstruct the reality surrounding the bike.

The Multistrada V4 is equipped with an aluminium monocoque frame, 19-inch front wheel and double-sided swingarm, capable of accommodating spoked wheels. It has a limited wheelbase (1,567 mm), a sporty front end, suspension with large travel (170 mm front wheel and 180 mm rear wheel), ground clearance of 220 mm and a dry weight of 215 kg. All this allows the Multistrada V4 to be intuitive and effective around the corners like a real Ducati and at the same time easy to ride and versatile for both on-road and off-road use.

With the aim of making long motorway journeys more comfortable, Ducati engineers paid great attention during the design and development phase to what in the automotive world is called Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH), or rather the measure of the general level of comfort of the vehicle.

In this sense, a careful aerodynamic study – also in the wind tunnel – was carried out to obtain the best possible protection for the rider and passenger from the air, reduce hissing noises and divert the heat coming from the engine away from the rider’s legs. The result is a Plexiglas screen with a new shape, adjustable in height with a single finger, associated with two side deflectors. The shapes of the handguards and the parts most exposed to the air have been studied in detail, as well as the “sound” of the engine, which is refined but always present and with the Ducati tone. The V4 Granturismo engine also adopts the strategy of deactivating the rear bank at idle. In this way, when the bike is stopped at the traffic lights, the rear bank is deactivated (there is no combustion in the cylinders), thus improving the thermal comfort of the rider and passenger thanks to a lowering of the temperature and reducing the fuel consumption.

The Multistrada V4 has many different configuration possibilities to meet the needs of the most diverse customers. The standard V4 model is available in red and represents the version dedicated to those who love the 170 hp engine and 215 kg of weight.

The central model of the range, the V4 S, is available in “Aviator Grey” colour as well as in red. The Ducati Multistrada V4 S can be ordered with both alloy wheels and spoked wheels. For this motorcycle, Ducati has thought of a new package of configurations that can be ordered directly from the factory (Essential, Travel, Radar, Performance, Full). It is already possible to view all the configuration options in the dedicated section of the Ducati website.

The third version is the Multistrada V4 S Sport, which offers a particularly bold dedicated livery and the standard Performance package with Akrapovič exhaust and carbon front fender.

The new Ducati Multistrada V4 will be available in Ducati dealerships from the end of November.

 

 

62 Comments

  1. Buzzard says:

    What a beautiful motorcycle, I’ve always been afraid to buy one for fear of maintenance costs. Looks like Ducati has service intervals that can work for me. I’ve always loved the look of Ducati’s. We’ll just have to see.

  2. Max says:

    @Kermit T Frog Uh no. This is nothing like a Harley. This is a race bike dressed up like a dirt bike.
    I bought my first HD (Road King) last year. I own no pirate clothes. I put 21k miles on it and it is a peach. Only thing I’ve had to do is change oil and tires and neither very often. The manual says to change the plugs, fork oil, and brake fluid at 50k so maybe in another year and a half I’ll have to actually spend a few bucks on it.
    As it is, it wasn’t all that expensive, well under $20k and it rides wonderfully, carries my wife/luggage around like nothing, and even goes around corners reasonably well. It’s as simple as can be and fixing it, if something were to go wrong, by a million people around the country is no big deal.
    Try getting the Duc’s AI turbo induced shock rate back together in BFE Kentucky.

  3. Donk says:

    I had 2 Multis before switching to a KTM 1290 Super Adventure. I’m not about to switch back but this V4 is a wicked cool bike. You’ve got to applaud Ducati for going to valve springs for longer service intervals. That kind of paradigm shift takes a lot of guts. It’s not cheap but compared to other”premium” bikes, (I use that term loosely) it’s no more expensive.

  4. ivan says:

    All this add on sh*t is just more (a lot more) sh*t to go wrong.

  5. Kent says:

    I think I will stand with my ’06 MTS 620 Dark. Most fun I’ve ever had with a motorcycle.

  6. Provologna says:

    The available luxury and performance and quality/quantity of technology on motorcycles like this is simply mind boggling. I admire what this bike is and its capabilities from afar, but would have little interest in buying or riding it.

    I wonder if anyone who did not help design this bike thoroughly grasps the most complex aspects about it.

  7. John says:

    I’ve owned two Multistrada’s a 2004 1000cc, the first year, also a 2010 1200S Touring. Both were great machines, the 1200S was an amazing machine. The 2010 was so fast, so comfortable, handled so well, looked so good, sounded so good. I really enjoyed the Ducati experience.
    I’m sure this machine is a fantastic ride, but my local Ducati dealership when out of business, leaving two dealerships each 2 hours away.
    I sold my 2010 with 62,000 miles on it in January and picked up my first BMW, a GS1250 HP. I’m very happy with it and my dealer is only 1 hour away. I’ve got 10,000+ miles on the GS. If it weren’t for Covid, I’d have more.
    Ducati’s and BMW’s are high end bikes, but it’s my one and only hobby. I do most of the maintenance myself including tire and oil changes. I have a tool that allows me to reset the maintenance reminder.

    • Evan says:

      I also recently moved to a 1250 GS, having been a life long dual sport and sport bike rider. It is such a versatile machine, plenty powerful, and just has the most beautiful engine. The midrange grunt provides very drama free acceleration and sounds great.

      I’m sure this 170hp V4 multi is a blast to ride, but I’ve learned that the character of the engine is what dictates how you ride the bike. I no longer have the urge to be a hooligan without the warp drive power of the S1000.

  8. Tim says:

    It looks like the base model is going to be priced at 18,990 pounds, which is just under $25,000 in today’s dollars. I was hoping for something a few thousand less, to give me a competitive alternative to a 1250 GS. This is a lot lighter than the GS, but you have chain maintenance to deal with and, after adding luggage, it’s not going to be very price competitive with the big GS. I’m still strongly leaning BMW, but I’ll take another look at the Super Tenere too. I might even take the Guzzi V85 for a test ride, despite the big HP disadvantage, because I like the way it looks.

  9. Arthur Doeppe says:

    About 25 years ago I had a friend who had one of those huge Chevy Suburbans that he used for hauling his boat and knocking down tree stumps and such. It was a bit … rough. Anyway, his son joined the Boy Scouts and he used this beast to carry his kid to country excursions and such. Occasionally, they would be in really nasty areas and the parking lot director would be telling people where to park, usually in very muddy fields. he didn’t mind, but, he said there were plenty of people who ” didn’t want to get their nice SUV dirty.” So, after looking at the Ducati website, I still don’t know how much one of these monsters costs. But with all of the available options ( Titanium exhausts, carbon fiber fenders and other bits, various sport and cruising packages, custom color coordinated riding gear and helmets, etc. ) I can’t imagine someone actually taking one of these $40,000ish things off road. “Go off road? … ewwww …I don’t want to get my scooter dirty.” However, I guess if you’ve got this kind of money, you could hire someone to clean it for you.

  10. Tim says:

    That little phone storage pocket is the first I’ve seen on a motorcycle. That’s actually pretty cool. (maybe some of the luxo-tourers have them but I don’t spend much time reading up on those) I’ve been wondering when bike manufacturers would finally start offering Android Auto (Android M/C?)/Apple Car Play (Bike Play?) compatibility. I find using Google Maps or whatever other app for navigation to be way better than any OEM provided navigation. The option of integrating right into one of these TFT or similar screens is convenient and takes one extra screen out of my dash area. I don’t see any mention of this in the Ducati release so, of course, I’m not assuming it’s available on this model but maybe it’s getting closer? I have no idea what this would do to the price of a bike as I assume any OEM would have to pay Google/Apple to use their stuff. Probably cost prohibitive due the much lower production numbers of motorcycles vs. cars.

  11. Neal says:

    I’m glad it exists but I will never buy it and I doubt I will ever see one. I have to imagine most of these go to tech bros in California after their start up gets bought out.

  12. Kermit T Frog says:

    I think I can afford to buy it (I haven’t seen the MSRP yet) but when it comes time for a major service? $200 to reset the oil change warning light?! And here I thought only Harley screwed people for stuff like that! A friend had to pay to have his cruise control flashed in after he installed it on his Road King and it was going to cost whatever the hourly shop rate was for essentially a quickie download. Go figger…

    I see a few of the “IfOnly” crowd are here along with the “more horsepower/less weight” people. Nobody needs this bike but a few want it. It’s pretty damn cool too. I think it looks okay. This is what the majority of the Starbucks sAdventure riders want as far as looks and bragging rights go.

    They’re just a more “rugged” version of the HD and fake hd pirate people but with somewhat lighter (not light enough yet for Mick! 😉 ) motorcycles. I like the maintenance intervals better but still, access to all that stuff that will need a qualified mechanics attention is going to cost $$$$. If you can afford it all, and by that I mean the entire cost of the machine, i.e., purchase, insurance and maintenance costs, great! As for Mick’s wishes on weight and horsepower? The way the world is going right now I don’t think so.

    I just checked and that India bound Honda CB350 still isn’t on American Honda’s site. I wonder if it can be ordered with a pair of grab handles so I can lift it when the mood and my ego strike me… 🙂

  13. Spindle says:

    Whatever happened to Norm?

  14. Frank says:

    This bike is gorgeous! It’s a high tech, road going, sport touring missile and not for those with imaginary and unrealistic expectations of what a perfect motorcycle should be. What a bunch of complainers. A beak? News flash…that term jumped the shark at least several years ago. Please find some other insignificant and pointless thing to focus your displeasure on.

    Ugly but equally large and expensive bikes offered by KTM and BMW maybe where you should be looking. Or wait for modern manufacturers to catch up with your forward thinking and produce a small and modestly powered and equipped sport touring ADV bike…oh wait, they already have those. Suzuki and Kawasaki make some nice examples. Gentlemen, complaining and fault finding changes nothing. At least first try and find a few things you like about a bike instead of first focusing on the things you don’t. Then, if you simply can’t help yourself, give us your interpretation of how and why yet another another manufacturer has gone horribly astray.

  15. todder says:

    BTW, what’s up with that front header guard which doesn’t look like it guards the headers..at least in the front where it should? They appear to show an offroad one, but the stock one seems just for looks.

  16. John Spoonemore says:

    I dunno. It’s ugly, for starters…

  17. cagefree says:

    Radar cruise is nice i guess but with 170 hp it should be a radar detector.

  18. Bob Krzeszkiewicz says:

    I rode one of these a few years ago and hated it. The ergos are weird and you’re completely locked into a single position in the saddle. After 30 minutes, I was really itching to move around. There’s a whole lot of other bikes I’d pick over this for long distance touring and even an afternoon ride.

    Great technology and engineering goes into these things except where it counts, the rider ergonomics.

    And it’s far uglier than the DS1000 ever was. In fact, the DS1000 looks pretty darn good side x side.

  19. Tommy D says:

    This semi autonomous aka adaptive cruise feature is something my Jeep has. This is the 3rd vehicle I’ve owned that had it. (BMW and Jeep awesome execution, Ford NOT) It is a feature that once you use it in the real world you want every vehicle that has cruise control to adopt it if executed as smoothly as today’s software can make it. I see BMW now supporting it with the new RT. I wish my 18 GW had it. I see this Duc as competition for a slice of the BMW RT market. At its listed dry weight of 450lbs it appears to be around 100lbs lighter than the RT. I’d say it hits the target it’s aimed at.

  20. mechanicus says:

    (Wagner’s “Ride Of The Valkyries” plays in the background) As I put on my helmet and plague doctor beak mask, I have visions of swooping down and snatching unwary jaywalkers in my talons from the perch of my rolling Italian raptor….

    “…thus improving the thermal comfort of the rider and passenger…” uhhh, what passenger could scale that incline and cling to that?

    • Bill Hammer says:

      LOL; plague doctor; funny.

      School me: what is the origin and reasoning behind the beak front end protrusions on various motorcycles?

      • mechanicus says:

        I think the origins of beak-like protrusions on motorcycle front ends can be traced back to the Manga-inspired ’80’s Suzuki Katanas. Sensitivity to the epithet “UJM” or Universal Japanese Motorcycle, and the impact Manga has always had on Japanese society, spawned the Katana. I remember vividly the widespread rejection of this styling by both traditionalist and innovationists, in both the press and the marketplace. Innovationists lamented the abandonment of “Form Follows Function”, whimsy seemingly driving the aesthetics. After all “Manga” in Japanese translates to “whimsical picture”. Certainly more Darwinian than Lamarckian, this “customer-be-damed” hard-edged angular styling has been forced into almost every segment of modern motorcycling by those who think this is what you must conform to. The total antithesis of aerodynamic streamlining, like woke cancel culture, it is here to stay.

  21. Mick says:

    Hmmm. You know that you don’t live in the future when the motorcycle press puts the word “just” in front of a lie weight figure of over 450 pounds.

    Call me when I can get an 85hp parallel twin version that weighs 200 pounds less. Until then, don’t bother. No amount of horsepower will ever sell me on a heavy bike.

    • VLJ says:

      A 250-lb street-legal motorcycle sporting a four-stroke Parallel Twin that makes 85 hp? In other words, a 250-lb, liter-class ADV? That’s what you demand?

      On planet Earth, in the 21st century?

      You do realize, don’t you, that even something as tiny and light as a Yamaha R3 still weighs 368 lbs? Come on, a Suzuki VanVan, a bare bones, single-cylinder 200cc toy bike, weighs 282 lbs.

      That being the case, let me guess, you also want this new Ducati to cost no more than a Happy Meal while being as reliable as a Kardashian tweet, plus it must have dual shocks, a round headlight, no beak, a flat bench seat, hydraulic lifters that never require adjustment, tubeless spoked wheels, cruise control, a center stand, an eight-gallon fuel tank, a proper rear fender, real steel inside of plastic, no garish colors but also no matte grays or blacks, a massive dealer network including a megastore directly across the street from you, and, ummm…

      I’m sure I’m missing something from your Impossible Dreamcycle. 250 lbs. P-Twin. 85 hp. From a major manufacturer, in the year 2020. “THAT is what I MUST HAVE, or it’s no sale!”

      This sort of ridiculous nonsense is why the motorcycle industry is dying in America.

      • Mick says:

        A 475# lie weight is probably about 525# ready to ride. Minus 200 would be 325#. NCR was making 1000cc Ducati based bikes in that weight neighborhood about a decade ago. On planet Earth, in the 21st century.

        Your guess would be absolutely wrong. I am talking about a premium bike, and I would be willing to pay premium money for it. My current personal bike makes 60hp and weighs 285#. I bought it used for a very reasonable sum and have spent very little tweaking it.

        No. I don’t need all that other garbage you threw in to make me seem unreasonable.

        The motorcycle industry is dying in America, in my opinion, because it does not evolve. Increase power and weight, then decrease weight by a very small amount, then start over. All while not really getting anywhere.

        The industry has an abundance of apologists, just like you, to defend their ongoing mediocrity. I, for one, will not stand for it.

        Ridiculous nonsense indeed. Anti-science naysayers and their defense of developmental lassitude.

        • VLJ says:

          “A 475# lie weight is probably about 525# ready to ride. Minus 200 would be 325#. NCR was making 1000cc Ducati based bikes in that weight neighborhood about a decade ago. On planet Earth, in the 21st century.”

          No, they weren’t. They were not making street-legal Twins making 85 hp that weighed 325 lbs (never mind your original 250 lbs), ready to ride. And they aren’t a major manufacturer, they’re a specialty shop. No major manufacturer has ever produced such a bike, and now they have to add all the smog and safety crap that they never used to have to include.

          “My current personal bike makes 60hp and weighs 285#. I bought it used for a very reasonable sum and have spent very little tweaking it.”

          Your current bike is not a 325-lb street-legal machine that produces 85 hp from a P-Twin, nor was it produced within the current government-restrictions/mandates paradigm burdening today’s manufacturers.

          What you demand is impossible to produce by a major manufacturer, unless you’re talking MotoGP-levels of materials, tech, and cost. Such a machine would not be sellable in any numbers worth producing. On top of that, you would still find some other reason to decry its lack of worthiness to you, and wouldn’t buy it.

          • Mick says:

            Mine personal bike is 17 years old and is based on a bike that debuted 20 years ago.

            NCR is a specialty shop. So what?

            As time passes, I expect progress to be made. The only progress I see is increased horsepower. I have no interest in more power than about 90hp for street use. So the development that I want to see is something like that figure in a much lighter motorcycle. I can wait forever if I have to.

          • VLJ says:

            You seem to know bikes fairly well, so, again, I’m at a loss as to how you fail to grasp the basic concept that light weight is far more costly and difficult to achieve than increased HP, and the light weight you seek is simply an impossible fantasy in an 85 hp, street-legal P-Twin built by a major manufacturer.

            No specialty shops have ever produced such a bike, so there is zero chance that a major manufacturer can do so while keeping the thing street legal and less expensive than a World Superbike. No one has even come close.

            How do you not get this?

        • Dave says:

          You said 250lb/85hp twin cylinder. There is no realistic path to such a bike that is road legal, at any price.

          A Duke or SMC 690 gets you closest, minus one cylinder, + 100lb. An Aprilia SVX would also get close on the power/weight, but I hear supermotos aren’t much fun to ride for more than an hour.

          • Mick says:

            In that you would be wrong. I have taken many many long rides on a supermoto over the last twenty years.

          • VLJ says:

            And not one of them was a street-legal Twin making 85 hp while only weighing 250/325lbs.

            None of the examples you’ve cited come remotely close to achieving your stated wish list, and that’s without getting into the real-world issues faced by manufacturers of
            rising costs, ever-tightening emissions standards, safety-equipment mandates, etc.

            As out of touch with reality as you seem to be, you may as well double down on the fantasy and hold out for a magic genie to pop up and grant you three wishes.

        • Jeremy says:

          Haha. Mick, I think you must just post these blurbs to stir the pot. Using NCR as an example? They build bikes with no regard to cost. They actually like to brag about that and consider that part of their value proposition. They used billet titanium engine internals supplied by the same fabricator that supplies Ferrari’s F1 team for crying out loud.

          If that is the kind of premium you are willing to pay, NCR (if they are still around), Suter, or RSD all have the engineering and fabrication skills to build such a thing for you. Though NCR also published “lie weights” iirc, so you might be a little disappointed with the end result?

          In any case, if you don’t care about versatility, maintenance costs, or longevity, you can already do a better power-to-weight ratio than 80hp/325# by motarding the latest 450 MX bikes, which is pretty much what you do now if I recall.

    • Dave says:

      473lb is lightweight for a touring capable 1,000+cc bike with 170hp and I don’t think there has ever been a road legal, 250lb / 85hp multi cylinder bike from any factory.

      Where do these pipe-dreams of ethereal super light weight come from?

    • todder says:

      Ducati weight is pretty good if you consider the comparable Tuono comes in around 472 wet. We are all waiting for that lightweight Ktm 500 twin, but until then I want to purchase a ADV bike for 2up and real dirt riding. There should be some great 1260 deals since I”m guessing this Ducati will be around 20k.

      As far as 250pound 80hp machine…not realistic yet. My Husky501 says it puts out 63hp and still comes in around 265lb. But I’m hoping the future will be bright…cheers!

  22. Matt says:

    This bike has my name written all over it. Too bad the price tag won’t.

  23. Bruce R says:

    As an owner of a 1200 Multi I think this bike would be awesome. But for the same reason my last new bike purchase was a non-Ducati for me, if I have to pay ~$200 to have them reset the oil change warning on the dash when I change my own oil, its a no-go for me.

  24. fred says:

    Bikes like this make me wonder about myself. Technically, it is amazing, but I do not find it appealing in the least. I’m quite happy with my old bike – same weight, 70hp less, unlikely better in any objective category, but it keeps me happy.

    • todd says:

      I hear you. It’s because these bikes aren’t any faster or more capable than any other bike. The limitation is the rider, not the bike. People delude themselves.

      • bmbktmracer says:

        Even if you’re good enough to get 50% out of the Ducati, the cops will boot your neck well before that.

      • Jeremy says:

        The difference between twisting the throttle on this vs. an MT-07 or whatever is not delusion. It’s exhilarating, and in that moment, significantly faster than most other bikes. No additional rider skill required.

        People who get their kicks from excessive power don’t really care if you can pass them on the outside of a turn on your Duke. If they cared about that, they’d take the time learn the techniques. They care about effortless acceleration, and fortunately for them, instant gratification is only a fat wallet away.

        • mickey says:

          There is something to be said for twisting the throttle on a modern liter class motorcycle.

          I may not be able to beat every rider on a single cylinder 75 hp 375 pound bike on every twisty road, but I’m pretty sure even at 70 years old, I could still whup them in a race from the east coast to the west coast. Something this Ducati would excel at.

          It’s important to choose the right tool for the job.

          • todd says:

            It’s 330 lbs and then I removed the 12 lb cat… I guess my perspective comes from the notion that twisty mountain canyon roads are the only thing people ride around here. I’ve ridden bigger and more powerful bikes and they truly slow you down on these roads. That’s why I wonder why people buy them. There’s not a whole lot of room to take a monster-powered bike up to its potential around here except for a crowded highway.

          • mickey says:

            Maybe you need to expand your world a little todd. There is more to see/ride in this country than the half dozen twisty mountain roads in your neighborhood, and with a bigger more road worthy motorcycle you could actually ride to some of them.

            I have ridden in 42 states, 2 provinces of Canada and 5 countries in Europe. There’s a lot to see in the world from the saddle of the right kind of motorcycle.

  25. motomike says:

    Pretty wicked looking license eater. Took some balls to show it off road. I likey.

  26. My2cents says:

    Ducati builds some sexy motorcycles for sure and excluding the beak this is pretty sweet too. But for adventure riding I like a less expensive piece and 170 horsepower for a motorcycle with this intention is silly.

  27. ScotocS says:

    Sorry, not tall, rich, or vain enough.

  28. mickey says:

    Hey it’s got a double sided swing arm ….

    and when you stop the rear 2 cylinders stop running

    and a limited wheelbase..

    All that has to be worth whatever they are asking

  29. TimC says:

    The face is straight out of Star Wars The Crap Generations (like the dude that owned Anakin as a slave I think?).

  30. Jolly says:

    In the infamous words of Simon Cowell:

    “It’s a no from me.”

  31. Tom R says:

    Thank god they didn’t put gas in the tank before setting it on the scales. If they had, it would have breached the dreaded 500-pound club, setting off all the “OH MY, WHAT A PIG!” comments.

  32. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    Oooh wee, ANGRY BIRD.
    Geeze Louise !

  33. bmbktmracer says:

    Beautiful bike, but before buying one, call the service department and ask the price for the first required major service. Sure, it’s 36,000 miles down the road, but you better start saving now.

    • Grover says:

      Anyone worried about the cost of the first service of this Ducati is considering the wrong bike to purchase.

  34. Stuki Moi says:

    While radars on a motorcycle is no doubt akin to jumping the entire Jaws series worth of sharks (and Robert Bosch continues to run the world…), this thing does sound like it will be a pretty impressive bike. Wonder if V4 packaging succeeds in moving the hot parts further from the seat than the twins could….