Just after we finished telling you Ducati wasn’t planning on releasing a V4 Multistrada for 2020, the company has gone around and said it’s instead planning to make one for 2021.
Gossip on a new V4 Multistrada has been circulating for weeks, but earlier in September, a set of EPA documents spoiled the fun. Sure, a new Multistrada is coming for 2020, said the paperwork, but it’s going to be another V-twin, powered by the same engine the current lineup uses. Known as the Multistrada GT, it most likely will be a very street-oriented bike.
Ducati must have sensed the wind going out of a few sails, as a press release issued this week (see below) confirmed that while we won’t see the V4 for 2020, it’s coming for 2021.
The press release was actually celebrating the Multistrada line’s history, as Ducati has reached the 100,000 milestone for Multistrada production recently. Along with the normal stuff you’d expect (much ballyhoo about the string of successes in the Multistrada line), there were these words in the final paragraph: “In 2021 the Multistrada family will expand to see the twin cylinder 1260 and 950 motorcycles joined by a version with a new, specific V4 engine.”
Interesting. Not only is Ducati confirming the new V4 Multi, it’s also confirming the development and production of a new V4. When Ducati started building V4 motorcycles for MotoGP, its fans started asking for a street-legal V4 Panigale. When they got that, the fans started asking for V4-powered everything else. This isn’t confirmation we’ll see a V4 Monster or Hyperstrada or whatever, but it does show Ducati has big plans for the future, and the V-twin (or L-twin, as Ducati likes to call it) may not factor in as strongly.
Ducati Multistrada hits the 100,000 mark
- A 1260 Pikes Peak is the 100,000th Multistrada built by the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer
- The Multistrada 1260 and 950 have achieved a maturity and excellence that place them at the pinnacle of this model’s development history
- Valve play check every 30,000 km on all engines
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 17 September 2019 – Sixteen years after the first Multistrada rolled off the assembly line, the family has now reached the 100,000-bike milestone. Multistrada number 100,000, a Pikes Peak version of the 1260 with a customised laser marking on the top yoke, was handed over to Dave Hayward – a German Ducatista who had ordered his Multistrada from the Düsseldorf dealership – by none other than Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali in person.
Ducati’s dual-purpose motorcycle has always been technologically cutting-edge. In 2010 the Multistrada was the first bike to feature riding modes, the system that changes the very character of the bike. Indeed, the tagline for the advertising campaign read: “four bikes in one”. With the D|Air version, introduced in 2014, Ducati offered the first motorcycle with a system capable of interfacing with a dedicated airbag-equipped jacket. In 2015 it became the first motorcycle to feature a variable-timing engine: the Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing).
And as the technology evolved, so too did the reliability. Ever-longer, stricter development tests were applied. Production processes were improved, materials enhanced, numerical simulations honed, taking the Multistrada 1260 and 950 to unprecedented levels of dependability. Today, all the engines in the family have valve play checks at 30,000 km intervals – three times that of the first version.
With no less than 7 versions, today’s Multistrada family has never been more complete: two 950 cm³ (113 hp) bikes and five 1260 cm³ (158 hp) ones.
Presented in 2019, the new Multistrada 950 – also available as an S version – is designed to put Multistrada performance within everyone’s reach while maximising versatility, thanks also to the 19″ front wheel.
The most recent interpretation of the original dual-purpose sports concept, the Multistrada 1260 combines the comfort and load capacity of a dual-purpose bike with tyre sizes, wheels and brakes that are, instead, typical of sports motorcycles. Equipped with Öhlins suspension, forged wheels and a carbon fibre end pipe, the Pikes Peak model offers maximum sports performance.
For those, instead, who love adventuring, Ducati has come up with the Multistrada 1260 Enduro, designed to take on the toughest terrain and longest journeys thanks to the 30-litre tank, long-travel suspension, 19″ front rim and, of course, the hard-wearing spoked wheels.
Development is ongoing, and in 2021 the Multistrada family will expand to see the twin cylinder 1260 and 950 motorcycles joined by a version with a new, specific V4 engine.
2003 Multistrada 1000 DS
2005 Multistrada 620
2007 Multistrada 1100
2010 Multistrada 1200
2012 Multistrada Pikes Peak
2015 Multistrada 1200 DVT
2016 Multistrada 1200 Enduro
2016 Multistrada 950
2018 Multistrada 1260
2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro