As you can see from the photos above, the resolution is a bit lacking, but the documents that go along with those photos do provide us with some insights.
Taken from the homologation documents filed with the Australian government, we learn that there will indeed be two variations of the ADV bike: a base model Ducati Multistrada V4 and a up-spec Ducati Multistrada V4 S.
Both bikes will share a 19″ wheel up front and 17″ wheel in the rear, and both bikes will use a double-sided swingarm.
Presumably, wire-spoked wheels will be available in the aftermarket parts catalog, allowing one to make the Multistrada V4 more of an off-road machine, which has been a bone of contention considering how many of Ducati’s promo photos show the bike in an off-road setting.
For now though, Ducati seems content to leave the v-twin powered Multistrada 1260 Enduro as the company’s true dual-sport globe trotter.
That being said, Ducati has made no shortage of communications about the long service intervals that will come from the Multistrada V4, as its standard spring valvetrain (non-desmodromic) is offering just over 32,000 miles before needing an adjustment.
The Ducati V4 Granturismo engine (as it is now called) is good for 170hp , which should be plenty for ADV riders, and will come in an 1,158cc displacement.
Ducati has made no secret that it is shooting for cost-of-ownership value proposition with the Ducati Multistrada V4, and that the motor will be fuel efficient and very ridable at street speeds.
As we head into the official reveal, we would expect to see Ducati pitching the Multistrada V4 as the perfect “do-everything” motorcycle, which the 19″ front wheel choice also seems to suggest.
How this will be received by hardcore Ducatisti remains to be seen, however.
Will Ducati fans accept a bike without desmodromic valves? Will street riders be okay without a 17″ front wheel? Will off-road riders finally adopt the Multistrada platform as a suitable dual-sport for when the road ends?
We should have some answer in just a handful of hours.