The next-generation Ducati Multistrada V4 will have radar-enabled adaptive cruise control, and crazy-long maintenance intervals.
You might remember this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Ducati is planning to bring this tech to market. Last fall, the Ducati Multistrada 1260 GT was supposed to have adaptive cruise control, but when Ducati unveiled the machine, that tech wasn’t included. Along with Ducati, BMW, Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson are all working on some sort of similar system, and it’s likely BMW’s not far away from announcing its own adaptive cruise control for a production bike.
The systems are similar to the adaptive cruise control functionality built into many modern cars. Standard cruise control (available on many modern motorcycles already) simply keeps the bike traveling at a constant speed. Adaptive cruise control keeps your bike moving at a constant speed, but it can also adjust that speed to maintain a safe following distance from a vehicle in front of you. In theory, this should help keep riders safer, and it will also take some of the drudgery out of being stuck in traffic. In the case of some brands (Harley-Davidson, in particular), it also takes the herky-jerky clutch-and-brake work out of parade riding.
The incoming Multistrada is supposed to have a brand-new V4 engine, and will no doubt have some other technical trickery besides the radar-adaptive cruise control. Supposedly, Ducati worked with Bosch to modify existing adaptive cruise control systems for the Multi, which means we’ll likely see it on other machines in the near future as well, as Bosch currently sells tech to several other OEMs as well. Along with the forward-facing cruise control feature, Ducati’s bike also has rear-facing radar, which is supposed to feature as a blind spot detector and also warn of cars approaching quickly from behind, preventing rear-ending accidents.
As for the maintenance intervals: Ducati’s long-term teaser campaign for its new V4-powered Multi also claims the new engine will have major service intervals at 37,300 miles. Really? Considering we’re talking about the same company that’s well-known for its maintenance-greedy Desmo twins of the past, this is a big step forward. Looks like Ducati wants to not just move forward in performance, but also in reliability and usability.