Talking of the powerplant, the bike maker only said we’re about to be shown “a completely new V4 engine developed for maximum smoothness of operation and a substantial extension of maintenance intervals.”
The greatest revelation of the day is that the new Multistrada will become the first production motorcycle to be fitted with front and rear radars. The technology has been in the works for the past few years, and it is developed together with Bosch.
The front radar is the one that will govern the Adaptive Cruise Control (AAC) technology. It is used to calculate and adjust the distance (there will be four selectable levels) from other vehicles, when the bike’s speed is between 30 and 160 km/h (18 to 99 mph). Ducati says the system’s inputs on the deceleration and acceleration will be limited, allowing the rider to maintain most of the control.
The radar at the rear is meant to act as a blind-spot detector. Working with the Blind Spot Detection system (BSD), it will alert the rider when a vehicle approaches from behind at high speed.
The two new pieces of hardware will not add too much to the weight of the new bike. Similar in size to a camera, each weighs just 190 grams.
Keep an eye out next week for the full details on the engine of this new Ducati.