The Multistrada V4 family has only grown over the past few years. Ducati first introduced the new platform (base model and S variant) in 2021. Shortly after, the Pikes Peak trim added road-focused performance to the brood. The ADV crowd wasn’t neglected either, with Ducati debuting the Multistrada V4 Rally in 2023. Now, Borgo Panigale’s adventure-tourer goes grand-tourer with the addition of the aptly named 2024 Multistrada V4 S Grand Tour.
Blast from the past
If the designation sounds familiar, that’s because this isn’t the first GT in the Multi bloodline — the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour being the closest relative. That iteration built on the model’s foundations with auxiliary lights, heated grips, panniers, a hands-free tank cap, a special-edition seat, a center stand, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The V4 S Grand Tour follows much of the same recipe.
Its 60-liter, plastic side cases offer plenty of carrying capacity for extended road trips while the supplementary, low-mounted LEDs illuminate the way. Extra on-the-road convenience also comes by way of the tire pressure sensor, electronic fuel cap, and center stand. Similar to the 1260 rendition, the new GT adapts to changing terrain with semi-active Skyhook suspension.
However, Ducati didn’t limit heating to the hand grips this time around. To help ward off frigid temps, both the rider and passenger seats also receive heating settings. Heat management goes beyond the touchpoints, as well. Closable vents grant the rider full control of cockpit ventilation, while subframe and swingarm heat shields deflect unwanted warmth.
Despite these travel-oriented preparations, the Grand Tour opts for Ducati’s 5.8-gallon gas tank instead of the Rally’s 7.9-gallon fuel cell. As such, this Grand Tour remains true to the roots of its 1260 predecessor. At the same time, the mile muncher benefits from the Multistrada V4 S’s advanced electronics.
Armed with front- and rear-facing radar units, the 2024 Multistrada V4 S Grand Tour not only offers adaptive cruise control (ACC) but also boasts a blind spot detection system. Both features seem tailor-made for pavement-pounding endeavors. The 1,158 cc, Granturismo V4 engine isn’t far off either. While Ducati claims that the powerplant pumps out 170 horsepower and 92 foot-pounds of torque, the 9,000-mile service intervals and 36,000-mile valve checks might be that much more impressive (at least for touring purposes).
The Grand Tour caters to the rider's comfort even before you start moving. Or after you stop. Lifting the mighty Multi off the side stand is made less straining by Ducati’s Easy Lift function, which relaxes the suspension settings from the key-on position. When the bike rolls to a stop, the Minimum Preload setting function reduces preload, thereby lowering the seat height, to make riders of all inseams (but especially shorter ones) feel more sure-footed.
Essentially a tricked-out V4 S, the 2024 Multistrada V4 S Grand Tour runs the tab up to $28,395. Still, the Bologna brand reports that the new variant costs less than equipping a Multistrada V4 S with all the same features. Be that as it may, Ducati neglects to list the trim’s dry or wet weights, so there’s no telling how many pounds those Grand Tour add-ons cost in the weight department.
The ever-expanding Multistrada lineup offers something for performance-minded riders, those who stick to the asphalt, others who want to mix in a little dirt, and now the Grand Tour adds to the top of the line with a motorcycle suitable for the rider who wants to tour in grand style.
|2024 Ducati Multistrada V4 S Grand Tour|
|Engine||1,158 cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, V-four|
|Claimed horsepower||170 @ 10,500 rpm|
|Claimed torque||92 foot-pounds @ 8,750 rpm|
|Front suspension||Marzocchi 50 mm fork, adjustable for spring preload, electronically adjustable compression and rebound damping; 6.7 inches (170 mm) of travel|
|Rear suspension||Marzocchi shock, electronically adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 7.1 inches (180 mm) of travel|
|Front brake||Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers, 330 mm discs with ABS|
|Rear brake||Brembo two-piston caliper, 265 mm disc with ABS|
|Rake, trail||24.2 degrees, 4.0 inches (102.5 mm)|
|Seat height||33.1/33.9 inches (840/860 mm)|
|Fuel capacity||5.8 gallons|
Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70ZR19 front, 170/60ZR17 rear