Production of the Multistrada V4 has begun at the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale. It is the first motorcycle to use front and rear radar technology. After the Panigale V4 and Streetfighter V4, the Multistrada V4 is the 3rd bike from Ducati to be powered by a V4 engine. Ducati will officially present the fourth-gen ADV on 4 November.
Radars are advanced aid systems capable of supporting and making riding more comfortable thanks to the ability to reconstruct the reality surrounding the motorcycle. The radar-based systems that will be used in the Multistrada V4 have been developed and produced in close cooperation with Bosch.
The radar positioned in front of the vehicle controls the operation of the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), which using controlled braking and acceleration automatically adjusts the distance (selectable on four levels) from other vehicles when riding at a speed between 30 and 160 km/h.
The rear radar, on the other hand, can detect and report vehicles positioned in the so-called blind spot, i.e., the area not visible either directly by the rider or through the rear-view mirror. The BSD (Blind Spot Detection) system also signals the approaching from behind of vehicles at high speed.
Each radar has compact dimensions (70 x 60 x 28 mm, similar to a modern action camera) and integrates perfectly into the bike, weighing only 190 grams.