What’s in a name? Well, if you are the new Ducati Multistrada V2, there is not much beyond some minor upgrades for the 2022 model year.
The first of the Italian brand’s new models that will debut in the company’s two-and-a-half-month-long teaser series, the 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 is mostly a name change to keep the “mid-sized” adventure bike conforming to the rest of Ducati’s mid-sized lineup.
With the new moniker comes a few refinements to the Multistrada 950 platform, but perhaps the most notable change coming from the Multistrada V2 is Ducati’s reintroduction two trim levels.
Adding a number of creature comforts, the up-spec Ducati Multistrada V2 S comes with Skyhook semi-active suspension, a 5″ TFT dash, up/down quickshifter, cruise control, and backlit handlebar switches.
Both bikes feature a shorter seat heigh (10mm lower than before), along with a more narrow seat shape. This should make things easier for shorter riders – there is even a low-height seat available that brings things down to 31.1 inches.
For taller riders, things improve as well, with the footpegs also lowered by 10mm, retaining the same legroom as found on the MTS 950 model.
New mirrors complete the package, though Ducati has also found a way to reduce the 111hp (83 kW) 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° engine by 4.4 lbs, for a total weight reduction of 11 lbs when compared to the Multistrada 950.
As such, the base model Multistrada V2 tips the scales at 489 lbs with 5.3 gallons of fuel onboard, while the Multistrada V2 S weighs in at 496 lbs ready-to-ride.
Pricing on the Ducati Multistrada V2 starts at $15,295 for the base model, while the Ducati Multistrada V2 S will retail for $17,895 MSRP.