Last year, the Multistrada V4 became Ducati’s favourite model with buyers. It also scored well with the critics, picking up the European Bike of the Year in 2021. This year it receives some minor updates, with a new colourway and added technology.
The former is known as Iceberg White, a modest cost option for new V4 S variants. It joins the Aviator Grey and Ducati Red alternatives.
Electronic updates include the “Minimum Preload System”, a no-cost option on Multistrada V4 S. This is an elaboration of the Skyhook electronic suspension system that’s already fitted to the top model. Working semi-automatically, it evidently confers “a better and safer experience when riding the Multistrada at low speeds”.
In other words, it temporarily lowers the Multi’s ride height to help those who might need it reach the ground and to facilitate urban and two-up riding. Ducati is also offering updates for the infotainment system, again a freebie. These are available to MTS owners too.
The final addition (not free) is the ‘lowered suspension kit’, which Ducati says comes with shorter fork and monoshock springs, along with a chopped sidestand. Evidently it lowers the saddle height by 20mm. Factor in another 30mm of grounding if the low saddle option box is ticked.
Finally, a set of waterproof aluminum panniers and a matching top box is available to off-road explorers. The result of a joint venture with Givi, the hard kit offers 76 liters of luggage capacity.