When the top-of-the-range Ducati Multistrada platform adopted the 170-hp V4 Granturismo engine for 2021, fans of the powerful, high-tech adventure bike waited with anticipation as additional models were rolled out.
For 2023, Ducati has introduced the Multistrada V4 Rally, which fills the gap left by the departure of the Multistrada 1260 Enduro. Like the Enduro, the V4 Rally comes standard with spoked tubeless wheels in 19-/17-inch sizes, additional suspension travel (7.9 inches front/rear), and a larger 7.9-gallon fuel tank (up from 5.8 gallons on other Multistrada models).
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Among the models in the Multistrada family, the V4 Rally is best suited for long-distance, two-up travel. Its additional fuel capacity gives it more range, its windscreen is 1.6 inches taller and 0.8 inch wider than the one on the V4 S, its longer tailsection provide more spacious passenger accommodations, and its rubber-mounted passenger footpegs reduce vibration. A centerstand is standard equipment, which facilitates loading/unloading luggage and performing basic checks and maintenance.
The V4 Rally is equipped with semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension EVO, and it features two comfort features. The Minimum Preload function allows the rider to “lower” the bike when stopping and riding at low speed by minimizing the preload of the shock absorber. The Easy Lift opens the suspension hydraulics at key “on” and reduces the effort required to lift the motorcycle from the sidestand thanks to the compression of the fork and shock absorber.
Other electronic rider aids include four ride modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro), a quickshifter, radar-assisted adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection, and IMU-enabled features such as lean-sensitive ABS and traction control, wheelie control, and cornering lights. The 6.5-inch TFT display offers map navigation through the Ducati Connect app, which supports the use of a smartphone to answer calls or listen to music while using a helmet equipped with an intercom system.
The Multistrada V4 Rally also introduces a new strategy to extend the deactivation of the rear cylinder bank, which is available in all ride modes. In addition to switching off the rear cylinders at idle when stopped (a function already available on the Multistrada V4), the V4 Granturismo now keeps the rear cylinders deactivated in other operating conditions to optimize fuel consumption and emissions. Deactivation occurs even with the motorcycle in motion. As speed increases – or above a specific power request – the rear cylinders are reactivated, and the full performance of the V4 Granturismo is returned.
The 2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally will be available in North America in one version: Adventure Travel & Radar, equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection, aluminum side cases, and heated grips and seats. MSRP is $31,495 for Ducati Red and $31,995 for Brushed Aluminum & Matte Black. A full range of accessories will also be available.
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally Specs
Base Price: $31,495 (Ducati Red), $31,995 (Brushed Aluminum & Matte Black)
Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 90-degree V-4, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 53.5mm
Horsepower: 170 hp at 10,750 rpm (factory claim)
Torque: 89 lb-ft at 8,750 rpm (factory claim)
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch w/ quickshifter
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 61.9 in.
Rake/Trail: 24.7 degrees/4.2 in.
Seat Height: 34.3/35.0 in.
Wet Weight: 573 lb
Fuel Capacity: 7.9 gals.
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