All the Multis except the base 1200 get all-new “Ducati Skyhook Suspension,” a semi-active system that uses electronics to help maintain the bike’s front-to-rear balance as conditions change—as if the bike were suspended from the sky, says Ducati. Two pairs of accelerometers (the front pair on a fork lower and at the bottom triple clamp, the rear pair on the swingarm and subframe), measure wheel movement at each end and feed it to the bike’s ECU. The ECU then controls one electronic valve in the left fork leg, and another in the shock. Built by Sachs, these needle-and-seat valves regulate oil flow within the suspension units, responding so quickly, says Project Manager Federico Sabbioni, that a single valve is able to control flow on both compression and rebound strokes. With the Multistrada having 150 claimed horsepower, 6.7 inches of travel at both ends and a mission that includes sometimes carrying full saddlebags and maybe a passenger, DSS makes sense.