2021 Ducati Multistrada V4

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2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S (Ducati/)


  • Engine update to spring-operated valves, plus the engine produces more power
  • Ducati keeps the electronics coming with new radar system
  • Longer service interval
  • Ducati-level quality standards


  • No more desmo
  • Pricey
  • Tired of tech? This model may have too much tech for some


The Multistrada continues to meet the demands of a wide range of uses as a heavily revised, tech-laden adventure-tourer, arguably one of the most tech-rich on the market. This Ducati continues its engine’s developments with the drop of desmo for the conventional spring-valve configuration.

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S (Ducati/)


The Ducati Multistrada enters its fourth generation with some major changes for the 2021 model year, namely with the new V4 Granturismo engine. As the flagship adventure-tourer of the Ducati lineup, the Multistrada straddles the line of a dual terrain conqueror and practical, daily sport-tourer. Long-travel suspension, large 19-inch front wheel, and low-end response of the engine aids in the dirt, while new integrated navigation and cornering lights support the tour or daily use. Get your adventure gear ready.

Updates for 2021

Ducati’s flagship adventure-tourer, the Multistrada faces the major change of replacing its well-known desmodromic valve engine with the conventional spring-operated valved V4 Granturismo engine. Other updates include a new double-sided swingarm, shorter wheelbase (now 61.7 inches), new cast-aluminum pyramid-shaped monocoque chassis (with reduced rake and trail), improved subframe, an integrated navigation system, and the industry’s first front and rear radar.

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S Sport
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S Sport (Ducati/)

Pricing and Variants

The base Multistrada starts at $19,995, followed by the $24,095 V4 S, and then the V4 S Sport at $26,095. The S variant offers two color options and two different wheels (alloy or spoked—pricing varies depending on color option and wheel type), cornering lights, vehicle hold control, Ducati Skyhook suspension, Ducati Quick Shift, 6.5-inch TFT display with Ducati Connect and full-map navigation system, and a full LED headlight. The V4 S Sport has the same electronics equipment as standard on the S, however, takes the package even further with model-specific livery, Akrapovič exhaust, and carbon front fender.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Multistrada’s headlining change lies in the powerplant, now the V4 Granturismo engine. The Multistrada, and many Ducatis, are well-known for the desmodromic valve timing, but this swap has been made in order to increase the service interval (now 37,250 miles), meet Euro 5 standards, and ultimately be cost effective. Cycle World’s Italian correspondent Bruno dePrato considered this engine change a “very logical choice.”

Ducati claims this engine will produce 170 hp at 10,500 rpm and 92.2 pound-feet at 8,750 rpm.

When Motorcyclist reviewed the V4 S, test rider Adam Child reported: “On the road, fueling is perfect and the V4 is smooth and chilled. In the dedicated Urban riding mode [one of four available], it’s particularly easy and user-friendly to ride, while the new chassis has none of the top-heavy, intimidating feel of some adventure bikes. With the manually operated screen fully upright there is little wind noise, and comfort and ride quality are all-day excellent. In fact, with the BSD system watching your back and the ACC managing and monitoring the traffic in front, the Multi V4 S experience is super relaxed.”

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S (Ducati/)


In terms of handling, Motorcyclist’s Adam Child stated: “The V4 S does not turn like a ponderous, 536-pound adventure bike running on a 19-inch front tire either. Instead, steering is accurate and the bike deceptively nimble, even at speed, while refined cornering ABS and powerful Brembo Stylema front brakes are always on hand if you should dive in a little too hot.”


And that transitions into brakes; the V4 stops with Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers with a 320mm (330mm for V4 S and V4 S Sport) front disc, 265mm rear disc, and three-level adjustable cornering ABS. As Adam stated, the brakes are powerful and the cornering ABS is refined.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Real-world miles-per-gallon figures are currently unavailable.

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S (Ducati/)

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

“The slim seat allows you to move freely whilst standing up, the high bars are more accommodating, the mirrors don’t get in the way of your arms, and there is lots of peg room for bulky boots,” Adam Child covered. If adjustments are needed to the handlebar position, that adjustment is easily made.


When it comes to electronics, the Multi has a long free-flowing list that is worn as a badge of honor. This model’s IMU manages electronics such as the cornering ABS, wheelie control, traction control, and the S version’s cornering lights. The S also sees vehicle hold control, semi-active Ducati Skyhook suspension, and a new left-handlebar joystick to navigate through the menu on the adjustable 6.5-inch TFT unit (5-inch unit on base). A USB connector is also located in the tank compartment. The radar system is one of the newest technological components of the Multistrada and the manufacturer says this allows the use of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD).

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Multistrada has a two-year unlimited-mileage warranty. Roadside assistance is also available within the Limited Warranty coverage period.


Ducati’s quality is second to none, and that is reflected in the continuous advancement of the Multistrada. The revised engine, chassis, and integrated tech continue to keep this rig at or very near the top of the adventure-touring segment food chain.

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S (Ducati/)

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 Claimed Specifications

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MSRP: $19,995–$26,095
Engine: 1,158cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled V-4; 16-valve
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 53.5mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection w/ 46mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Wet, multiplate slipper clutch; hydraulic actuation
Engine Management/Ignition: N/A
Frame: Aluminum monocoque
Front Suspension: 50mm USD fork, fully adjustable; 6.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Marzocchi monoshock, fully adjustable; 7.1 in. travel
Front Brake: Radial-mount 4-piston caliper, 330mm disc w/ cornering ABS
Rear Brake: 2-piston caliper, 265mm disc w/ cornering ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Alloy cast wheels (base/S/S Sport), alloy spoked (optional on S); 19 x 3.00 in. / 17 x 4.5 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II; 120/70-19 / 170/60-17
Rake/Trail: 24.5°/4.0 in.
Wheelbase: 61.7 in.
Ground Clearance: 8.7 in.
Seat Height: 33.1–33.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gal.
Dry Weight: 478 lb. (base/S Sport)/480 lb. (S)
Contact: ducati.com
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