MCN Fleet: Ducati’s Multistrada V2 ticks all the boxes

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Having spent the last decade onboard dedicated adventure bikes it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden a road focussed bike such as the Ducati Multistrada V2. It may look like an adventure bike, but its intentions remain firmly on the road.

I haven’t done many miles on the bike yet, but the initial impressions are of complete competence whether that be sitting in the fast lane of the motorway, negotiating London traffic, riding my favourite twisty road or cruising two up with luggage.

I love the keyless ignition, which initially takes some getting used to, but once you have makes complete sense as you just keep the key tucked away in your jacket – avoiding the inevitable key hunting we’ve all had to do at some point in our life. The only downside is that you still need the key to open the fuel cap, which, while being a first world problem, I find annoying as other keyless bikes I’ve tested the fuel cap can be opened if the key is within range.

Fuelling up the Ducati Multistrada V2

The moment the ignition is on, you’re greeted with a comprehensive, if slightly busy TFT dash. The information available and settings you can control is mind blowing and it enables you to adjust the parameters of the power, suspension and ABS.

The electronic suspension is top class and perfect for my needs as with three kids, who seem to be getting more interested in bikes with each year that passes, I seem to be riding two-up more often than I thought.

While the dash has a plethora of information on display and seemingly endless options, it is all remarkably intuitive given just how many parameters of adjustment are available.

Dashboard shot of the Ducati Multistrada V2

So with the weather improving it’s now time to get out and about and I’ve got a few trips planned where I should be able to get a real taste of whet the Ducati is like to live with.

The bike came with panniers which will make carrying my worldly belonging around a synch and unlike some of the panniers you get on adventure bikes, these are neater and feel like part of the bike rather than an awkward ad on.

I’m not the biggest fan of riding with panniers mainly because I’ve got form in forgetting they are there! But these are fully integrated on the Ducati so shouldn’t compromise filtering should that be required.


The V2 may be the little brother of the V4 but it promises to be every bit as good. I’m planning adventures including a trip to the TT. And then in June I’ll be swapping it for the all-new Ducati DesertX so that the off-road fun can begin…

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider