Mid-sized Multi: Ducati welcome more riders to the adventure segment with lighter Multistrada V2
Ducati are doing away with their aging Multistrada 950 range for 2022, revealing a new lighter, more approachable Multistrada V2 line-up in its place, complete with a 47bhp version for A2 licence holders.
Although looking very similar to before, the 5kg lighter V2 gets the Bologna firm’s latest 937cc Testastretta V-twin producing a claimed 113hp and 72.3lbft of torque.
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Cradled in the same tubular steel trellis frame as before, it’s an updated version of the unit already found in the 950 and also features in the latest Monster, Supersport 950 and Hypermotard 950 families, too.
Although not the 155bhp 955cc twin from the Panigale V2 sportsbike that some may have been hoping for, the motor features new conrods, an eight-disc hydraulic clutch and an updated gearbox.
These upgrades have helped shed 2kg from the bike’s overall mass, with 1.5kg slashed by the clutch alone.
The rest of the weight savings come from the Multistrada V4-derived mirrors, front brake disc flanges and the spoked rims – which shed 1.7kg on their own and again come directly from the V4. Overall dry weight is now 199kg.
Away from the dieting, the new V2 is said to be easier to live with, thanks to a 10mm lower 830mm standard seat height, which can be reduced to 790mm if needs be, via some optional extras.
The saddle has also been redesigned to make the bike narrower between your legs for an easier reach to the ground and a flatter shape means more freedom of movement. This is helped further by the footpegs, which come from the Multistrada V4 and are now 10mm lower.
It retains a 19in front wheel as before and is available in two trim levels – the standard £12,495 V2 and more premium £14,495 V2 S, which gets a Skyhook EVO semi-active suspension package as standard.
Other electronic gadgetry installed on both machines includes cornering ABS, hill hold control, traction control and four riding modes – all customisable by the pilot. This is possible thanks to the inclusion of a Bosch Six Axis IMU.
The S then goes one step further with cruise control, cornering lights, an up and down quickshifter, a mobile-connectable 5in TFT dash, backlit controls and more.
On sale as of November 2021, the V2 is yours in two trim levels. A stripped back ‘Essential’ option is available for both the standard and S models, while a £15,525 ‘Travel’ version with side bags, heated grips and centre stand is only available for the S.