2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 | First Look Review

2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 review
The 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 replaces the Multistrada 950. It’s more powerful, lighter, and has a lower seat height, among other changes, and it’s offered in an up-spec S version.

Replacing the middleweight Multistrada 950 in Ducati’s adventure-bike lineup is the new-for-2022 Multistrada V2. It’s powered by a revised version of the 937cc Testastretta L-Twin, which makes a claimed 113 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque at the crank. Pricing for the 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 starts at $15,295 and for the up-spec 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S starts at $17,895.

Engine updates include new connecting rods, a new 8-disc hydraulically actuated slip/assist clutch, and a revised 6-speed transmission that Ducati stays delivers smoother shifting and makes it easier to find neutral. A quickshifter is optional on the Multistrada V2 and standard on the Multistrada V2 S.

2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S review
2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S in Ducati Red

Rider-selectable electronics on the Multistrada V2 include four riding modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro), the Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch cornering ABS with 3 levels, Ducati Traction Control with 8 levels), and Vehicle Hold Control. The Multistrada V2 S adds semi-active electronic suspension with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system, Ducati Quick Shift Up & Down (DQS), a full-LED headlight with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) system, and cruise control.

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The Multistrada V2 has fully (manually) adjustable suspension, with a 48mm inverted KYB fork and a Sachs shock with a remote preload adjuster. Suspension travel is 6.7 inches front and rear on both the V2 and V2 S.

Ducati’s trademark tubular-steel trellis frame holds the Multistrada V2 together, and it’s paired with a cast aluminum two-sided swingarm. The cast aluminum wheels, with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear, are derived from the Multistrada V4 save 3.7 pounds of unsprung weight, and they’re shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II adventure tires.

2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S review
2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S in Street Grey

The seat was revised to provide a flat area for easier fore and aft movement while also reducing seat height from 33.1 inches to 32.7 inches. Accessory high (33.5 inches) and low (31.9 inches) seats are available, and the low seat plus accessory low suspension kit reduces seat height to 31.1 inches. New footpegs borrowed from the Multistrada V4 are 10mm lower than those on the Multistrada 950 for extra legroom.

Changes to the engine, front brake discs, mirrors, and wheels on the Multistrada V2 reduce weight by 11 pounds compared to the outgoing Multistrada 950. Claimed wet weight is 489 pounds for the Multistrada V2 and 496 pounds for the Multistrada V2 S.

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2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S review
The 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S has a 5-inch TFT color display.

The Multistrada V2 has LCD instrumentation while the Multistrada V2 S has a 5-inch TFT color display with a hands-free Bluetooth system. The V2 S also has backlist handlebar switches.

The 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 is available in Ducati Red with a gloss black frame and black rims, with a base price of $15,295. The 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S is available in Ducati Red with a black frame and black wheel rims with red tags, or in Street Grey with a black frame and “GP Red” wheel rims, with a base price of $17,895.

2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S review
2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 S in Ducati Red

2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 / Multistrada V2 S Specs

Base Price: $15,295 (V2) / $17,895 (V2 S)
Website: ducati.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 90-degree L-twin, desmodromic DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 94.0 x 67.5mm
Displacement: 937cc
Horsepower: 113 hp @ 9,000 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: 71 lb-ft @ 7,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated wet slip/assist clutch
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Wheelbase: 62.8 in.
Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.2 in.
Seat Height: 32.7 in.
Wet Weight: 489 lbs. / 496 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gals.

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