A lot of hype has been surrounding the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 even before its official debut just a few months back in November. Packed with all the latest riding technologies that Ducati could possibly fit into its latest ADV bike, this bike is just a beast, especially when paired with the brand’s latest 1,158cc Granturismo V4 engine.
On paper, the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 does indeed tick all the right boxes, but how do you prove that a bike truly deserves the crown for the best production motorcycle in its segment? By going on epic and seemingly impossible adventures, which is what two Italian riders actually did earlier this month. Their destination? The freaking Arctic Circle.
You read that right, folks. Experienced enduro riders, Alessandro Broglia and Alessandro Mollo, were excited with what the latest Ducati Multistrada V4 had to offer after seeing its live launch during the 2021 Ducati World Premiere. The 35-year-olds hailing from Turin, Italy wanted to experience first-hand what this V4-powered ADV bike can do, especially in one of the world’s most extreme riding conditions.
A proposal was sent straight to Borgo Panigale and sure enough, the premium Italian manufacturer was ‘all in’ on the idea. Two bikes were issued to the Alessandro duos and once they had all the preparations done (including scoring some of the finest extreme winter-appropriate riding gears from Dainese), the grand adventure was ready to set into motion.
On 29 January 2021, the boys were flagged off at the Ducati headquarters in Bologna, Italy by the CEO himself, Claudio Domenicali. The first leg of 650km across Italy, Austria, and Germany was the first time both riders really got to know the riding characteristics of the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 before stopping for the day in Ingolstadt, Germany.
Between their legs was a beast capable of producing 170hp and 125Nm of torque, which covered the entire 7,400km to and from the Arctic Circle with ease. Even with the drop in temperature and heavy snowy conditions, the pair only had to put on special tyres with emergency studs to maintain grip on the icy roads throughout Sweden.
Day Four presented -15°C conditions, and with conditions getting more and more perilous, a welcoming break at the Stockholm Desmo Center assisted in a warm welcoming party together with two sets of proper studded tyres in order for them to ride into the Arctic Circle safer.
Day Seven was the point of climax when they finally reach the Arctic Circle after being welcomed with the Northern Lights and beautiful sceneries despite temperatures dropping down to a bone-crushing -31°C (luckily, the Dainese gear + other equipment helped to make things more comfortable).
Through it all, both Ducati Multistrada V4 were able to perform brilliantly in the extremely harsh conditions. It took both Alessandros just 12 days to complete the 7,400km journey from Italy to the Arctic Circle (and back) and throughout that period, they had nothing but praises for Ducati’s latest and most advanced adventure bike yet.
No matter the riding road conditions and extreme weather scenarios, the Italian adventure riding duo has proven that the Multistrada V4 has more than what it takes to become a proper two-wheel conqueror.
It’s even more motivating to know that the high-brass members of Ducati themselves were confident enough to allow this to happen only three months after the bike’s official debut. That in itself says a lot about the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4, and we can’t wait for its official arrival here in Malaysia.