The radar system built into the Ducati Multistrada V4 S now is now approved for use in North America, meaning owners can finally have the system enabled on their bikes.
After years of rumours and teasing, Ducati finally unveiled radar-enabled adaptive cruise control on its Multistrada V4 S in the fall of 2020. However, the system was not approved for use in North America, meaning bikes sold here did not have the system enabled.
Now, those riders can have their radar systems turned on, enhancing their onboard safety electronics. Ducati’s press release says,
This certification will enable North American customers to use Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection systems.
With the radar technology hardware now having been certified, current model-year 2021 Multistrada V4 S owners may have radar software uploaded and calibrated by their dealerships from July 1, 2021. All 2021 Multistrada V4 S models are equipped with the radar hardware as standard providing the customer the choice to upgrade and activate the radar technology.
So how does the new system work? Adaptive cruise control has been available on cars for years, but this is a first for the world of motorcycles. Basically, the system will maintain a steady speed on the road until it detects a vehicle in the lane ahead; then, it will maintain a safe following distance. This should make long-distance highway riding less frustrating.
As the press release says below, the radar technology also powers Ducati’s blind spot warning system, another familiar feature for many car drivers. Just like it does with cars, this blind spot warning system lights up LEDs in the Ducati’s mirrors, if it detects a car in the rider’s blind spot, warning the rider not to attempt a lane change.
The Multistrada V4 S’s radar technology is an advanced rider aid system that manages two functions: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD). The ACC is perfectly integrated into the bike, which by means of controlled braking and acceleration automatically maintains the distance (selectable on four levels) from other vehicles. The ACC system allows for more comfortable riding, especially on long highway journeys. The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) technology, housed under the taillight, can detect and report vehicles approaching in the so-called blind spot, namely the area not visible either directly by the rider or through the rear-view mirror. The BSD system monitors traffic behind the rider and displays a rider warning thanks to the LEDs positioned in the rear-view mirrors. If the user activates the direction indicator expressing the intention to change lane, the BSD flashes the LED signalling a potentially dangerous condition.
Ducati’s new Multistrada V4 is now available at dealers across North America. The base model starts at $19,995 in the US, with the V4 S priced at $24,095 and the V4 S Sport at $26,095. Canadians will pay $22,395 MSRP for the standard Multistrada V4, with the V4 S selling for $26,745 (before taxes and fees) and the V4 S Sport model at $28,795.