• Incredible engine and power delivery
  • Real world rider aids and advanced electronics
  • Useability, grip and stability
Adventure Bike of the Year 2023 (Over 1000cc)

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
Power: 170 bhp
Seat height: Tall (34.3 in / 870 mm)
Weight: High (529 lbs / 240 kg)


New £23,950
Used £17,700 - £19,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Ducati Multistrada turns 20 this year, the original 1000 DS model was launched in 2003 and the latest V4 Rally version is an addition to the fourth generation of the popular go anywhere adventure bike. Ducati have pulled out all the stops with their latest evolution of the V4 S, which made its debut in 2020 and made a bid to become the class leader in the flagship big bike adventure class.

With a V4 motor and 170bhp on tap it already has the ultimate power bragging rights, but this latest evolution is a lot more than that. In partnership with the sublime motor comes a chassis, suspension and electronics package that move this bike into a whole new league of sophistication.

Modern bikes are increasingly loaded with rider aids and advanced electronics with varying degrees of real world benefit. But Ducati are the current masters of honing their electronic know-how, with knowledge that has been garnered from years of development and huge expense from the MotoGP and World Superbike paddocks.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally jumping off road

Known for having some of the most advanced electronics in their road going superbike, this technology is being tailored to other models within their range with huge success.

The V4 Rally brings a new globetrotting addition to the Multistrada V4 range. With the headline differences being a jump in fuel tank capacity from 22 to 30 litres which in turn gives a claimed 35% increase in fuel range. This has been achieved by using an aluminium fuel tank instead of a double skinned plastic tank meaning that the external dimensions of the tank are the same, but the capacity increases by eight litres which is an impressive achievement.

It also gets tubeless spoked wheels instead cast for better off-road performance and durability that are 3.2kg lighter along with a centre stand, bigger foot pegs, bigger screen and a 3mm thick aluminium bash plate.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally ridden by Michael Guy

The engine and chassis has also benefited from some upgrades with the four cylinder motor now having cylinder deactivation meaning it runs on two cylinders lower in the rev range to improve fuel consumption, lower emissions and reduce heat.

The suspension now offers an Easy Lift facility which takes the compression off the suspension to make it easier to get it off the side stand. Plus there is a button to reduce preload meaning the bike gets significantly lower the more weight you put on it – perfect for getting your foot down on uneven, cambered terrain or when you want to have your feet firmly on the ground when your pillion climbs onboard.

With four rider modes – Touring, Urban, Sport and Enduro the character and feel is tangibly changed depending on your selection and type of riding. But this isn’t just a engine mapping change – it applies to the electronic suspension settings, ABS, engine braking, traction control, anti wheelie meaning you have pre-set parameters designed to work in your chosen conditions – which they do. Plus within each pre-set parameter you have the choice to tweak and adjust each area to your personal preference and needs.

Watch Michael's full Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally video review here:

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The 50mm Ducati Skyhook front forks and rear shock are electronically controlled and fully adjustable. This offers an incredible level of support and adjustability meaning that however you ride the suspension operates within its sweet spot.

There is no crashing through the stroke of the forks under hard braking or overloading the rear when you try and exploit its 170bhp. Even through rapid changes of direction where it’s easy to overload the suspension it gives you the support you need and want, maintaining incredible balance on and off-road.

Weighing in at 240kg wet it’s a heavy bike, but very much inline with the rest of the market it’s trying to conquer. With the electronics working in such harmony with the chassis and engine it’s real world fast. MCN’s Michael Neeves describes the top end adventure bikes as ‘superbikes on stilts’ and there is arguably no better analogy.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally tight hand bend

Their level of performance, poise, usability and comfort makes them kings of the road and the new Rally has now moved this on another level. The key components of suspension, chassis, engines, brakes and electronics are now working in such harmony it’s hard to pick fault.

In the real world that means that regardless of the level of a rider's personal ability or experience, they can exploit the high performing and incredibly useable components – meaning they would benefit any rider from novice through to expert.

The powerful twin 330mm discs with Brembo Stylema calipers with lean angle sensitive ABS brakes are also in tune with the rest of the package. Strong enough to be able to use one finger with a high level of control and feel off-road.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally front mid-corner

Adjustments are made to the level of ABS intervention in the aforementioned rider modes, but there is also a sub menu where this can be adjusted and tailored to your needs. In Enduro mode, the level of intervention is reduced on the front and ABS completely removed on the rear.


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

When Ducati launched the Multistrada V4 S three years ago it entered new ground. An 1158cc V4 adventure bike raised the stakes in the power department even trumping KTM’s formidable 160bhp Super Adventure S and R models.

Honed for years as a superbike engine the latest Rally offering has revised camshaft timing, new exhaust and cylinder deactivation meaning the rear two cylinders are dormant until the revs reach 3,800rpm when all four cylinders chime into action seamlessly. Running as a twin at tick over and low revs has a number of benefits, first of all it reduces heat, secondly it reduces emissions and thirdly Ducati claim a 6% reduction in fuel.

The V4 engine is a pleasure to use wherever you are in the rev range. The connection from wright wrist to rear tyre is sublime enabling you to make the first tap of the throttle incredibly early in a corner and with utmost confidence. The power is strong and accessible but when the revs climb so does the engine note and attitude and anything over 7,000rpm its superbike roots are clear to hear and feel.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally left hand bend

By selecting Enduro mode, power is reduced from 170bhp to 114bhp – which is more than enough on the dirt. Throttle response is softened improving that all important throttle connection when grip is at a premium.

Along with traction control engine breaking parameters are also pre-set depending on the chosen mode and like everything else on the bike it can be adjusted easily through the clear and intuitive menu system.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The first of the V4 Multistradas experienced some problems but these were quickly sorted and haven’t returned. The overall finish of the bike is very impressive, there are neat infill panels and the high quality components you’d expect on such a premium product. It’s hard to fault.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally tank badge

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The saying 'you get what you pay for' isn’t always appropriate, but when it comes to the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally it rings true - with a starting price of £23,950.

And actually, the bike we rode was the Adventure Travel model which gets heated grips, heated seat, aluminium panniers and crash bars and retails at £26,943 making it a seriously expensive motorbike – double the price of a base model Honda Africa Twin.

It is of course a significantly higher spec in every way but this level of performance, technology and refinement clearly comes at a cost. Other top-end big adventure bikes include the previously mentioned KTM 1290 Super Adventure, BMW R1250GS Adventure and last year's Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally rear


5 out of 5 (5/5)

The new Rally takes the words fully loaded to another level. In addition to the advanced electronics, electronic suspension, rider modes and seemingly infinite adjustability. There is radar front and rear, adaptive cruise control, vehicle hold control, easy lift, preload reduction at a touch of a button, cornering lights and 6.5” TFT dash.

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally turning left from rear


Engine size 1158cc
Engine type V4 Granturismo
Frame type Aluminium monocoque
Fuel capacity 30 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 240kg
Front suspension 50mm fully adjustable USD forks with electronic Ducati Skyhook
Rear suspension Electronic, fully adjustable Ducati Skyhook
Front brake 2 x 330mm discs with four-piston Brembo Stylema calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 265mm disc with twin-piston caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 19
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost £250
New price £23,950
Used price £17,700 - £19,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Four years

Top speed & performance

Max power 170 bhp
Max torque 89.2 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

Launched in 2003 the original Multistrada DE? Launched a whole new genre of motorcycle for Ducati. Updated in 2010 the second generation Multistrada saw capacity climb to 1200cc reinforcing Ducati as a manufacturer that didn’t just make sports bikes. Five years later the brand new Testastreta DVT engine was introduced with double variable timing system bringing in a whole new level of power and tech.

In 2020 the Multistrada V4 S was bought to market – the world first V4 engine configuration in an adventure bike.

Other versions

  • Ducati Multistrada V4 - The base version of the big Multi has all the power but less of the bells and whistles.
  • Ducati Multistrada V4 S - The same as the standard but with fancier suspension.
  • Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak - a 'track' version of the Multistrada with a 17in front wheel and electronic suspension.

Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MULTISTRADA V4 RALLY (2023 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI MULTISTRADA V4 RALLY (2023 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI MULTISTRADA V4 RALLY (2023 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
5 out of 5 Ducati V4 Multistrada Rally
11 October 2023 by Gordon McKeown

Version: Full

Year: 2023

Annual servicing cost: £250

Having been a BMW GS fan boy for over 15yr having owned 5 GSA's in that time. I was tempted away by this amazing machine. Overall it does everything the GSA did but with a definite zing! It gives that excitement back. Real quality components in a very well put together package.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

It is very nimble given its height and slices through bends like a sports bike. It's like you and the bike are connected, you look where you want to go and it goes. You can change line mid corner and the suspension is amazing. For the people who like to fiddle with the settings there is a massive amount of customisation available, but for those who just prefer to jump on and go the auto setting with skyhook is fabulous.

Engine 5 out of 5

After a big twin thumper it took a bit of getting used to. It doesn't have the low down torque of the boxer engine by quite a bit, its no slouch even at low revs but its different. Once you get by that it's a brilliant engine. The induction 'howl' is addictive and the speed it spins up is mind blowing.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

It exudes quality, which it should given the hefty price tag. but even the thickness of the paint is impressive.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

It has a much longer service interval than anticipated with 9500m between service intervals. and the major valve clearance is now over 35,000m!

Equipment 5 out of 5

As Standard the FULL comes with almost everything, so it's loaded. Again at this price it had to. I was sceptical about adaptive cruise control, but it works very well. I have had cruise on the last 4 BMW's and tbh I didn't like it. It gave me the wobbles! the thought that it could just plow you into something never felt right. This system is so good it brakes, it speeds up it is really looking ahead. So much so it allows you to take in the surroundings without fear it's going to plant you into a truck.

Buying experience: My dealer (Glasgow Ducati, part of the Manchester Group) have been brilliant. Very attentive and make you feel like you're not just an open cheque book.

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