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2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 Revealed in Online Launch

Replacement for Multistrada 950

The first of six Ducati launch episodes to take place over the next twelve weeks revealed the 2022 Multistrada V2, replacing the Multistrada 950. No big changes, just detail evolution to chassis, equipment and electronics.

Ducati Multistrada V2 Shows the V-twin Ducati isn’t dead by a long way

When the V4 Ducati engine appeared, there was a lot of talk that the days of the traditional V-twin were numbered. That talk was clearly misplaced, however, as the V4 was definitely the premium engine package and there was no way Ducati could afford to abandon the smaller and, crucially, cheaper V-twin.

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2022 Ducati Multistrada V2
Replaces Multistrada 950, but essentially the same with detail updates

Over the next twelve weeks, Ducati will be launching a new bike every two weeks and the first to be revealed in an online presentation was. the new Multistrada V2, replacing the Multistrada 950. In reality, not a lot has changed although there are detail differences adding up to evolution rather than revolution.

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Lighter, More Durable
5 kgs lighter than the 950. Oil changes at 15,000km and valve checks at 30,000km

The Multistrada is Ducati’s Swiss Army Knife bike, incorporating the ability to be a sports bike, a tourer and a general all-rounder. Despite the tall adventure-type styling, it is definitely a road bike, with a 19-inch front wheel. It goes head-to-head with Yamaha’s MT-09 Tracer and Triumph’s Tiger 900GT.

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ABS and Traction Control
Four riding modes, 3 levels of cornering ABS and 8 levels of lean sensitive traction control

The engine is the 937cc Testastretta unit found in the Panigale V2 and the latest Monster. Pushing out 113bhp, it has been re-worked internally for longevity and durability. Oil change intervals are now up to 15,000km and valve-clearance checks are only needed at 30,000km.

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New Cockpit
New full-colour TFT dash and backlit switchgear. Cruise control and Hill Hold Control standard

Visually, there’s not a lot of difference between old and new, the changes amounting to a refresh rather than a wholesale re-design. Petrol capacity is 20 litres and the bike has managed to shed 5kg over the old model.

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Electronic Suspension
Skyhook Evo semi-active suspension on the ’S’ model along with two-way quickshifter.

The electronics have, naturally, been updated. There are four riding modes, three levels of cornering ABS and eight levels of lean sensitive traction control, Hill Hold Control, cruise control and cornering LED lights.

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It’s Ducati’s Swiss Army Knife
It is an accomplished all-round sports tourer. Goes head to head with Yamaha and Triumph models

Two versions are available - Standard and S. The S gets Skyhook Evo semi-active suspension and a two-way quickshifter, which is an option on the Standard model. Both come with a full colour TFT dash.

There will be a lot of people who are relieved that the V-twin Ducati isn’t dead: judging by the number of models that still use the engine configuration, it will be a long time before Ducati is ready to move away from it, if ever.

No pricing available but it should be in showrooms before the end of the year.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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