Sensational in Borgo Panigale: the Multistrada gains a V4 engine, loses the iconic desmodromic distribution and the first motorcycle in the world to use radars to make certain stages of driving safer and semi-autonomous. For example, in front of a sudden obstacle, the motorcycle automatically brakes by itself. In short, the new Ducati crossover, while remaining faithful to its multifaceted DNA and to that multifaceted character that has allowed it to win over 110,000 customers, changes a lot, especially in depth. Via the tubular trellis frame to make room for an aluminum monocoque, the evolution of that innovative and slightly crazy idea that debuted on the track with the Desmosedici to experiment with a new tool around which to build a rigid, precise and light chassis . A complex that here rests on 19 and 17 inch wheels – if desired with spokes – and on suspensions made in collaboration with Marzocchi, mechanical for the basic version and semi-active electronics in the S version which, among other things, can boast of being the first motorcycle in the world to use a system that automatically adjusts the trim according to the load to keep it always level between the front and rear, so as to prevent the bike from sitting down and losing handling and directionality.
Ducati Multistrada with radar: the photos
A whole new heart beats under the 22-liter tank. Conceptually, the descent from the V4s of the Panigale superbikes is true, but here is a big change: the desmodromic distribution, which has always been a hallmark of Borgo Panigale production, gives way to a more traditional spring valve return. The purists have already screamed at the scandal, but the advantage is all in the maintenance, now scheduled every 60,000 kilometers. The data sheet speaks of 170 horses at 10,500 rpm and 125 Nm at 8,750. numbers that will translate into a decidedly sporty character, considering that the new Multistrada weighs 215 kilos dry. Electronics? More and more present and more and more sophisticated. Starting from the deactivation of the rear cylinders to the minimum, useful for reducing the emission of heat when you stop in the queue, up to the adaptive cruise control, the mechanics and dynamics of this Ducati are governed with great effectiveness by a network of sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers whose function is not only to make the bike as fast as possible, but also to ensure that those who ride it can exploit its potential – whatever their level of experience – with simplicity and in the greatest possible safety.
So here is the adjustable Abs cornering, the dynamic traction control, the different driving modes, the suspensions that adapt to the road and driving style, the power assisted gearbox, the wheelie, the map navigator, the headlight that illuminates the inside of the curve according to the lean angle and the Bluetooth to connect the phone to the vehicle. And even the blind spot detection system which, like on cars, signals the arrival of vehicles otherwise impossible to perceive due to the blind spot. Devices that, depending on the version, are combined with equipment and accessory packages (in both cases there are 5 possible choices) allowing the user to sew the motorcycle on, characterizing it both for off-road driving, as well as for travel or for knee to floor exits.
November 5, 2020 (change November 5, 2020 | 12:29)
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