Radar Cruise Control - The new "must-have" in adventure motorcycling
Both KTM and Ducati to feature adaptive cruise control for their big adventure motorcycles
It's been some years since the adventure bikes are anything but some simple machines ready to take you across remote places. Being a bestseller class in the motorcycle industry, the manufacturers are featuring the most advanced electronics on these bikes. And the adaptive cruise-control seems to be the next "must-have."
Ducati first mentioned about introducing radars on its motorcycles back in 2018 for the 2020 line-up. And it seems it will be the Multistrada to feature that tech, according to the latest spy shots published by MCN. The spy-shots are revealing two motorcycle radars - back and rear - and the system could be meant for adaptive cruise control and for blind spot warnings. Ducati said a couple of months ago that this measure is just a part of a more significant safety plan: "the "Safety Road Map 2025" strategy aims to develop new safety systems and technologies - showcased in Europe for the very first time. The initial stages of this strategy will see ABS Cornering extended to the entire Ducati range and the market launch, in 2020, of a bike with front and rear radar", according to a press release published a few months ago.
The adaptive cruise control will be featured on the rumored 1260 Multistrada GT (it's the same engine, not the V4, yet) - a high-spec tourer that will sit a the top of the Multistrada range.
Although among the pioneers, Ducati is not the only company to feature this technology. According to some spy-shots, KTM is also planning an adaptive cruise control for the upcoming 1290 Super-Adventure.
On the other hand, the Honda Africa Twin - the best-selling adventure motorcycle after the R1250GS doesn't feature any cruise control, yet.