The most technologically advanced production Italian ever made. Enter the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally.

It’s 21 fun-filled years since the first Ducati Multistrada took the global motorcycle community by surprise. Yep. ‘Doesn’t time fly’. I hear you brothers and sisters.

In that time the good folk at the history rich facility at Borgo Panigale have been busy. Like building the hardware that has come to dominate MotoGP for example. And stacking the silverware ten deep in the foyer of that great factory as a consequence.

2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally review

All that belting about on the world’s great circuits has delivered peak motorcycle electronics progression, not to mention that much-lauded 1158cc V4 Granturismo engine. Indeed, all that nous and advancement have delightfully found their way to the subject of this video.

We know that adventure is the category of the moment and it doesn’t look to be going away soon. If there has been one bug-bear inherent in the design of adventure bikes though, it’s to be found in the compromise required to make a competent machine that can handle off-road use and still be a tarmac sports touring option. Well, the answer my friends, is to be found in technology. And this thing is loaded with smart stuff to make it operate in both environments with style.

2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally review

To be sure, this is premium gear and it has a pricetag that reflects that. If you want the best kit, you pay for it, so there’s nothing new about that. And, this is top shelf, blue riband, full nine yards, off its nut, grouse gear. Period.

Anyway, I’m coming over all whimsical. Click on the video and come with me as we test the latest and greatest Ducati. You’ll be so glad you did.

2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally pricing and specs

Ducati has released a new variant to join its flagship adventure bike line-up, with the Multistrada V4 Rally hitting Australian showrooms priced from $41,400 rideaway.

The Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally, which is distinguished by off-road-focussed and long-distance touring upgrades, is positioned well above the current V4 and V4 S variants ($28,990, $35,990), and just below the road-honed V4 Pikes Peak ($44,500).

This new V4 Rally variant is best positioned to compete with the likes of the BMW R 1250 GSA ($28,300), Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer ($33,950) and KTM 1290 Super Adventure R ($33,265).

2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally review

Compared to the current Ducati Multistrada V4 range, the new Rally grade adds a 30-litre fuel tank (+8L), increased travel semi-active suspension (200mm), more ground clearance and rider mode enhancements better suited to off-road riding.

The Rally also benefits from wider footpegs, new luggage mounts, lighter wire-spoked wheels and tougher engine protection guards.

Long-distance touring capabilities should be improved thanks to a new windshield (40mm higher, 20mm wider), while pillion comfort should be enhanced thanks to a longer tail section with redesigned ergonomics.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally

The bike also carries over the radar-based adaptive cruise control (ACC) system with blind-spot monitoring, large 6.5-inch TFT dash and full electronics suite with cornering ABS and lean-angle sensitive traction control.

Joining the standard Sport, Touring and Urban rider modes is a revised Enduro mode which limits the engine’s power to 85kW, lowers traction control intervention and deactivates ABS at the rear wheel.

2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally review

Otherwise, the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally uses the same 1158cc V4 engine that delivers a maximum 125kW and 121Nm, but gains a new cylinder deactivation system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in certain situations.

Three trim levels will be on offer, including Adventure Radar (adds ACC), Adventure Travel (gets aluminium side cases, heated grips and seats) and top-spec Full Adventure (wears carbon-fibre front guard and Akrapovic silencer).

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