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I got this off of FaceBook so it has to be true!!!!!!!!

"From 2020, Ducati will supplement the Multistrada series with a V4 model with around 190 hp and an innovative safety package.

The test drives around the plant in the Borgo Panigale district of Bologna have been going on for a year and a half, in 2020 the Multistrada V4 is finally to come. A recently caught Erlkönig shows that the sleek silhouette of the two-cylinder bikes is maintained by the narrow four-cylinder engine. Even otherwise, the prototype of the current V2-Multi looks very similar, which design updates Ducati the V4 variant still donated, remains to be seen.
 

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I'd imagine the V4 would end up in most of their models in the next few years. Big twin engines are more or less maxxed out and if Duc doesn't evolve they'll become the Italian Harley. Ducatis with 1800cc L twin engines would be pretty stupid LOL

190hp for a MTS sounds kinda high, but would be pretty sweet.

If there's any truth to this it could pursauade me to stay on a diavel for a few years and either trade for a V4 MTS in a few years or maybe add one to the garage.
 

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Given that Ducati has moved the Multi in a more touring focused direction consistently since the last major redesign in 2010, it's hard to believe they would increase the HP that much. I could see them bumping it up to 170 though, just to take the crown back from KTM.
 

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190 HP with radar controlled cruise control/braking/lane changing...pretty sweet!!

Just hope the ENDURO comes first as the reg multi range of 160 miles sucks ass.

Update...i could be in luck :) ...codename "TrailMaxi"

 

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I can count on no hands the amount of times I wished it had more power.
Well, REAL men (and some very fast women riders on this forum) know that they really need a motorcycle with no less than 200 HP and 200 FT LBS of torque. :)




Yeah, I have scared myself silly a few times on my 2012. It is plenty capable of killing me as is. Never say never, but unless a more powerful bike fits me like a glove or the looks just catch my eye, I think my days of needing huge HP and torque are done.
 

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190 HP with radar controlled cruise control/braking/lane changing...pretty sweet!!

Just hope the ENDURO comes first as the reg multi range of 160 miles sucks ass.

Update...i could be in luck :) ...codename "TrailMaxi"


Will auto-braking eventually mean that if you're coming into a corner too hot the bike just won't let you do it?

All that will be left in the electric, fully GPS enable world will be to find the best line and gun it.
 

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I've attended a couple of the Ducati Enduro Riding Experiences (one in Italy and one last month in Utah). They are hosting by the MTS test riders. I don't have any confidential insight, but I definitely get the feeling that Ducati Italy and Ducati North America see untapped potential in stronger MTS Enduro sales. I can't see them killing a road touring MTS (far from it), but it would not at all surprise me if the Enduro version played an increasingly stronger role in the line up.
The money they invested in the first round of Enduro training in Utah last month was massive!
I think differentiation from the GS is a goal.
 

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Just hope the ENDURO comes first as the reg multi range of 160 miles sucks ass.
When "2 lane" touring with the 1200s (averaging ~50mph and running stock gearing) I usually run 200-215 miles per tank with ~4.2 - 4.3 gal refill (so about a gallon of reserve - mileage/refill amount calculated consumption indicating 50-52mpg)... 130-160 miles range meant I was riding hard to REALLY hard (which does happen regularly when the roads get good). When I need to get mileage the Multi can deliver even with the 5.2g tank.

Riding expressways at 75mph - 160-170'ish miles per tank - 42-43mpg or so... but expressways and the Multi don't get along because of buffeting... and I don't like them anyway.

With my day to day -1/+2 gearing my fuel economy is quite a bit worse, but I run stock gearing for long rides.

the 1260 claims better fuel economy than the 1200... but real world feedback doesn't seem to agree (but does show it being about the same).

It does mean supplementary fuel is needed for some rides... we're riding a couple thousand miles to Hudson Bay in August and there are a couple segments with 200 miles between fuel so a fuel can is needed with the regular Multi but wouldn't be with the Enduro or GSA. I liked riding the Enduro I like the S a lot more (I'm an 80% pavement/20% dirt road rider so the Enduro compromises wouldn't get me anything I need and would cost too much performance where I want it).

I personally hope they keep the Multi a twin, with gearing the Multi is plenty radical for an adv bike... especially the 1260.

a 190hp V4 Streetfighter though... hell yea...
 

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You mentioned buffeting in your post and I take that as getting thrown around by air turbulence from cars and trucks. The main reason why I sold my older 07 1100S MTS was a total lack of wind protection while on the slab. I tried to salvage it by buying three different windshields, none met my satisfaction. I know helmets play a role as well and out of three brands I had, a Vemar lid performed the best. I'm sure there are others now better suited (designed) to handle buffeting and wind blast. I just take one look at the windshield of the newer MTS models and nothing about it tells me the situation has improved, how can you when it remains a tiny piece of plastic in front of you? I believe the focus should be on diverting the wind that comes underneath the windshield, over the tank and in your torso or head. However, maybe the windshields have improved and I just can't see it.
 

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Wind management on the freeway around trucks is my least favorite aspect of my '17 DVT 1200s. I suspect that the longer swingarm on the 1260 is better but I haven't ridden that bike. I don't know how you could improve the situation with ending up with a much bigger, heavier bike like a BMW r1250rt or a Yamaha FJR 1300. So many bikes. So little time.
 

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Wind management on the freeway around trucks is my least favorite aspect of my '17 DVT 1200s. I suspect that the longer swingarm on the 1260 is better but I haven't ridden that bike.
I have a MTS 1260 PP and it's extremely stable, oncoming trucks and all. Truth be told, I thought the 1200 was stable.
However, the Pikes Peak edition comes with two screens; the short Carbon Fiber and the STD taller clear.
The shorter CF is much more comfortable at high speed than the taller OEM.
It also cuts through the wind better than the bigger screen. The difference is significant.
 

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I've never had a problem with stability on the Multi - it's a pleasure to ride at any speed it's capable of (I've not explored the far upper reaches but have been in the 130mph range.) If you have a top case then you do need to be careful at high speeds.

Buffeting is different (to me)... it's the wind that sneaks around the windscreen and hits your head and chest. It's not dangerous but IS fatiguing after a while. We (my cousin has a 13s with the same issue) experimented during one long trip (while riding a long straight 85mph limit 4-lane in TX) and found that the culprit is the cutouts on the side of the windscreen that are needed to allow the bars to turn to the locks (if you're at 75+ you can put your hands up in those two cutouts and the buffeting goes away). I don't think there's a fix for that other than moving the windscreen position forward so you have more clearance for steering and then you can make the windscreen wider (something I didn't want to do... my cousin added a bracket to do that and it seemed like it helped some)
 

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Buffeting...........My last bike was a 2015 Harley Roadglide Ultra CVO, 1000lbs of road eating beast. Never found a truck that could push enough air to make that bike wobble. Fast forward to my current bike, 2018 Multi. At the same speed, 75, those same trucks still cannot push this bike around. It is rock solid. That being said, I feel the air a lot more than on the Road glide. I get pushed around but the bike never feels unstable. This is impressive to me given that the Multi is about half the weight of that Glide. I don't know what the answer is about me getting pushed around, unless like DaveK says, its coming around the lower portion of the windshield.

Referring to the mpg, I average about 44-45+, that's split between 2 lane twisty and highway riding. I could get more if I could lay off the throttle:laugh: I'm getting 200 miles per tank or less, actually hitting gas station around 160 miles. Coming from that Glide with the 6gal tank, I wish I had more gas.

On the HP front. This Multi has about twice the HP of my old Glide and weighs half as much:surprise: This is a huge change for me and I'm loving it>:) Would I like to have more, sure, but, seriously, this is a blast for me at the momnent:laugh:
 

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Only issue I've had with the Cal Sci large windscreen I put on my 2018 is it generating a lot of turbulence right around the hinge area on a modular helmet. Seems unavoidable, unless you change the angle of the windscreen with risers. I know the stock screen has the same issue.

I just started riding with earplugs if I'm out for a longer trip, so it's probably doing me a favor.
 

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Re: buffeting: shorty Pikes Peak carbon = clean air for me at 6'2".
Same for me... but then you get a lot more air at 75+... ok for weekend but not Ideal for extended touring (at least for me)
 

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