Ducati’s Multistrada V4 endures winter tortureland

A pair of Italian riders go from Bologna to the Arctic Circle on Ducati’s new adventure bike in totally sub-zero weather

Bologna, Italy

Driving on ice isn’t far fetched and most people can do it with training, but riding a motorcycle on ice sounds like one step too close to the edge, even for the experienced. 

But adventure bikes are meant to go everywhere and do everything, which is why two riders brought Ducati’s newest iteration of its adventure-touring motorcycle, the Multistrada V4, on its first big adventure in the cold – the Arctic Circle. 

Newsflash: Incidentally the newest Multistrada will be launching right in Singapore in March 2021 with prices starting from S$64,700 OTR.

Italian enduro riders Alessandro Broglia, 35, and Alessandro Mollo, 35, both from Turin, took a 14-day, 7,300km spin from Ducati’s hometown of Borgo Panigale in Bologna, all the way to Ajerplog, Sweden, to the Arctic Circle in a European winter. 

Their adventure was notable because they endured sub-zero riding temperatures along the whole stretch – averaging -10 to -15 degrees Celsius, the lowest being -31 at the Arctic Circle.

Here’s what the duo found out on the way:

– Radar-based active cruise control is a boon on a long-distance bike journey by road. If anything, it lets your right hand take a rest. Experienced riders know cramping and CTS is a reality. 

– Being in sub-zero temperatures is totally fine, as long as you dress appropriately – Snowmobile riders know this. Gore-Tex and insulation are the name of the game here, and winter tyres for the bikes. 

– Reading the conditions is a must: The two Alessandros faced their biggest challenge on the way to the Arctic – changing road conditions that were too cold and icy for winter tyres, but not entirely suitable for studs. The Multistrada V4 has adjustable traction control, like most adventure bikes, so selecting the appropriate amount of wheelspin isn’t too hard.

– From proper traction in icy conditions you need studs. The duo used Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres with Best Grip studs. The bikes themselves overnighted in -31 degree weather, so it seems Italian gremlins are a thing of the past.

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