Bologna Being witnesses of a change, of a small revolution that will undoubtedly change the common way of understanding a gesture, of performing an action, of using an object is always a privilege. Because it manages to give you a new perspective to look at things. But it is also something very strange, because mind and body need to adapt to the new status quo, to the perception that reality gives you different sensations and reactions from those you would expect. This is exactly what happened to us on the Multistrada V4S, the completely redesigned Ducati crossover that we had the opportunity to preview to tell you about the operation of its two radars, which “read” the road and traffic to operate adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection.
Ducati Multistrada V4S: the photos
We are driving along the stretch of highway that from Bologna descends towards Sasso Marconi, sixth gear, the V4 engine blends slyly engaging a fraction of its 170 horsepower, cruising speed between 120 and 130 per hour. Traffic is what it is in this period, but the amount of trucks traveling along the stretch of road remains difficult to understand for those who are not involved in logistics. And it is precisely when you arrive at the end of one of these that something happens: the Multistrada brakes by itself, docile and composed, in a progressive and precise manner, until it adapts, with the safety distance needed, to the speed of the truck in front of us. Then, once the lane is clear again, accelerate with the right verve to cruising speed. Without a start. And without the driver having done anything more than giving it the correct direction.
Power of technology, borrowed from Audi. Yes, because this sophisticated, fast and multifaceted traveler is the first production motorcycle in the world to use this device, useful for providing the rider not only with adaptive cruise control but also a system that monitors the blind spot, minimizing one of the risks most feared by motorcyclists, namely the inherent lack of visibility of the rear-view mirrors, which often forces you to turn your head to look back when, for example, you enter a flow of traffic that travels faster. Well, on the Ducati this no longer happens, because the rear radar punctually detects the oncoming of vehicles from both sides of the bike and “talks” to the driver to warn him of the danger through two indicators on the inner edge of the mirrors: continuous lighting in the in case whoever is in the blind spot proceeds at the same speed as us; rapid flashing in the event that those arriving from behind are faster and are overtaking us.
We already imagine the comments of the usual purist skeptics: too complicated, too artificial. And then I have ridden the bike since I was a kid and I want to keep doing it 100%, without interference. We also confess that it is a thought that touched us before getting on the Multistrada V4S, a bit like it happened five or six decades ago on the occasion of the first motorcycle experience with the ABS (which actually required several years of development to become a valid ally). But the truth is that adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection integrate so naturally into driving that a few kilometers are enough to fully understand the contribution in terms of safety. Because in motion it is a moment to find oneself on the ground due to an error of assessment, due to a risky maneuver by those around us or even, simply, for tiredness and distraction.
The thing is so true that in an instant you want to use the active cruise control even on normal roads: it works from 30 to 160 hours, just the thumb to adjust it and allows you to travel, even when the route is dotted with roundabouts, with so much more relaxation. Yes, travel, because this is a bike that is designed to do it at its best, whatever the scenario that comes your way. A task that she manages much better than before both in terms of pure performance and in terms of pleasure, driveability, effectiveness and breadth of the spectrum of use.
November 24, 2020 (change November 24, 2020 | 17:42)
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