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As expected, Ducati has rolled out an 1158cc V4 for the next Multistada. The surprise is normal valve actuation--springs not desmo. Have to think that over the next year or two there will be a Ducati that looks and feels very much like the 8th gen VFR.

 

C'mon Honda!

 

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That would be relevant to my interests.  Of course ten to fifteen years ago we thought Aprilia was going to pull it off, somewhere between the Tuono and RSV.  

 

Unrelated...I thought the original Multistrada defined "fugly bike" when it came out, with that stupid rotating handlebar and windscreen business.  I didn't understand the early adventure bike thing at the time either.  Now...kinda want a Honda Africa Twin with dual sport knobbies as my next bike if I stick with riding this time.  

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19 minutes ago, ShipFixer said:

That would be relevant to my interests.  Of course ten to fifteen years ago we thought Aprilia was going to pull it off, somewhere between the Tuono and RSV.  

 

Unrelated...I thought the original Multistrada defined "fugly bike" when it came out, with that stupid rotating handlebar and windscreen business.  I didn't understand the early adventure bike thing at the time either.  Now...kinda want a Honda Africa Twin with dual sport knobbies as my next bike if I stick with riding this time.  

ShipFixer, couldn't agree with you more. The original Multistrada was one of the ugliest bikes of all time, with the breadbox fairing, and I continue to be embarrassed about all the criticism I hurled in its direction back then--not because it wasn't justified, just that I now own one.

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Ha!  I didn't even see your bike list!  Your year Multistrada doesn't look that bad, I but for what I am thinking, I think the Honda looks more like a part-time off road machine.  

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3 hours ago, ShipFixer said:

That would be relevant to my interests.  Of course ten to fifteen years ago we thought Aprilia was going to pull it off, somewhere between the Tuono and RSV.   

 

I looked at and briefly considered buying a used Tuono V4 a couple times, but the ergonomics just aren't livable for me for all-day rides and tours.  It's a great bike for twisties and bombing backroads, but it's just too sportbike-like for me.

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I think Honda should rebadge the shaft 1200 Veefalo as the next 1200 ST and

then go back to the drawing board and engineer a 1000cc light weight V4 with a
gear driven cams... maintenance free belt drive... flip forks and radial calipers...

 

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5 hours ago, ShipFixer said:

Now...kinda want a Honda Africa Twin with dual sport knobbies as my next bike if I stick with riding this time.  

Hold off on that AT for a few, there might be a more worthy option...

 

https://advrider.com/honda-patent-shows-supercharged-africa-twin/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_content=10_14_2020

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18 hours ago, Duc2V4 said:

 

Had not seen that, thanks Duc. Definitely has implications beyond the AT, particularly smaller displacement bikes. 

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And...the new Multi V4 has 170hp, 95 ftlb torque or so, plus...37K mile valve check intervals. Sounds like the 2 rear cyl deactivate at idle to manage heat. Front and rear radar. I am waiting on the Nov. 4 bike reveal, may have one in my future. After just spending insane $ for the 18K service on my '16, I may be considering a trade up. But there is the first year bike stigma, although knowing it's a deriative of the existing V4 Panigale block I'm a little optimistic. To be continued...would love to see this in a Honda sport tourer, or even the Duc supersport.

 

Good video embedded in this article on the V4.

https://www.motorcycledaily.com/2020/10/new-ducati-v4-granturismo-engine-ditching-desmo-to-achieve-60000-km-73000-mile-maintenance-intervals/

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