FIRST LOOK: 2024 DUCATI MULTISTRADA V4 GRAND TOUR
Just when you thought Ducati’s flagship Multistrada V4 S had all the bells and whistles possible, they go and drop a new, higher spec model. To go further, with more even more comfort and style. Enter the Multistrada V4 Grand Tour.
Back in the early 2000’s, Ducati’s ST2 and ST4 were known as the Gentleman’s Sport Tourers. Big, torquey twins with comfy seats and bigger fairings to eat up the KM’s and corners at pace. And while they were a much loved platform, Ducati’s Multistrada model soon displaced them with a game changing design. Come 2024, a whole new level of maxi-adventure-sport-tourer enters the Ducati range.
At its heart, the same 170HP Gran Tourismo engine that powers the full range of Multi’s (and makes them the most powerful ADV bikes out there today) comes with phenomenally useable power all the way though the rev range. You can read more about the V4 characteristics from our test here:
Suspending that beast of an engine are 50mm Marzocchi forks up front with a mono shock on the rear, both of which are semi-active, electronically adjustable via the system known as Skyhook. And stopping the big Multi are Superbike level brakes from Brembo. Essentially the Grand Tour is a pimped out S model with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) as standard. Continuing on the tech and safety front, Ducati have (finally) added tyre pressure monitoring which shows the tyre pressure on the dashboard, and additional LED lights to improve visibility at night and in fog, are fitted as standard on the Grand Tour.
Luggage wise, the 60 litre side panniers are matched with the (Sandstone Grey) livery of the motorbike, allowing you to take everything you need with you even on longer missions. Combined with the central stand, loading, unpacking and maintenance is made that much easier.
With big KM’s in mind, rider comfort was a huge focus on the Grand Tour build with heated grips alongside heated rider and passenger seats. A sweet hands-free fuel cap simplifies refuelling, allowing you to always keep the key in your pocket adds to the ease of use. In addition to the tech above, the electronic package offers the state of the art in the motorcycle sector for safety, comfort, performance and connectivity. The inertial platform (IMU) manages the operation of ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Lights (DCL) and Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), which makes restarting on inclined roads with a loaded bike a breeze. The IMU also communicates continuously with the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) semi-active suspension, capable of analysing riding conditions and adjusting the fork and shock instantly and also integrates an autolevelling function. Autolevelling recognises the bike’s set-up and adjusts it to bring the seat back to the ideal height from the ground in the different riding configurations, adding to the (manual) options already available to the rider.
A great evolution over the other Multi models is that the handlebar is mounted directly on the top triple clamp, sans anti-vibration blocks, providing a more direct riding feeling with minimal vibration. We figured the GT name would mean that the Rallys bigger tank would come to the party, but Ducati have stuck with the standard size tank, weight being the main concern of going any bigger.
Keen to travel the country in absolute comfort and style, with the most powerful ADV bike on the planet? Hit up Ducati for more details plus check out the video below.