By Dennis Chung
Ducati announced that production of the Multistrada V4 has already begun at its factory in Borgo Panigale, Italy, while claiming that the adventure-tourer will be the world’s first production motorcycle equipped with front and rear radar technology.
Ducati also confirmed in a press release (published in full, below) that the Multistrada will use a new “light and compact” V-Four engine. Ducati says the new engine was designed for “‘adventouring’ use without neglecting emotion and sportiness,” but perhaps more practically, “record-breaking maintenance intervals.” As a model intended to chew up a lot of miles, far more than the Panigale V4 or Streetfighter V4, being able to go longer between maintenance intervals will be a big plus.
The timing of the announcement is a little odd, considering Ducati is in the midst of a four-part teaser campaign for the 2021 Multistrada V4 which hadn’t even mentioned the radar technology yet. Of course, Ducati had already announced back in 2018 that the it was working on a motorcycle radar system. Ducati also took the unusual step in today’s press release to link to that earlier one (we’ve removed it from the release below, as it requires press credentials to access). In other words, Ducati seems really, really, intent on being able to say it is the first to offer the technology on a motorcycle. Almost as if Ducati expects one of its competitors to announce something today…
The radar system, developed by Bosch, uses radar units installed in the front and rear of a motorcycle to allow for adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection, systems that are now common-place in automobiles but only now being adapted for motorcycles.
Each radar unit weighs about 190 grams (0.4 pounds) and is about the size of an action camera, …read more