2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
Fast Facts

Formerly known as the Multistrada 950
Minor engine updates
Claims an 11-pound weight reduction
$15,295 ($17,895 for the S version)

A new name but the same face

Ducati updated its mid-sized adventure bike for 2022, reducing its weight, improving the ergonomics and updating the engine while renaming it from the Multistrada 950 to the Multistrada V2.

The new name reasserts its relationship to the Multistrada V4 as a difference in cylinder configuration rather than displacement, a pattern we’ve already seen Ducati adopt with its Panigale models and, eventually, the Streetfighter, which we expect to get a smaller displacement V-Twin version later this month.

Visually, the Multistrada V2 doesn’t look much different from the 950. The main differences are new engine covers and a new seat. The Multistrada V2’s ergonomics were a main focus for Ducati, resulting in a saddle that is narrower and more compact. Ducati says the new saddle shape is more comfortable and offers better freedom of movement. The V2 also receives new footpegs inherited from the Multistrada V4 that are 0.4 inches farther from the seat, providing a bit more leg room that taller riders should appreciate.

The standard seat is now 32.7 inches from the ground, a reduction of 0.4 inches, with accessory seats raising it to 33.5 inches or lowering it to 31.9 inches (a low suspension accessory can drop it further to 31.1 inches).

Ducati updated the 937cc Testastretta 11° V-Twin engine with new connecting rods, but it has the same performance figures as the previous model, claiming 113 hp at 9000 rpm and 71 lb-ft. at 7750 rpm (European models see a slight drop in torque to a claimed 69 lb-ft at 6750 rpm to meet Euro 5 standards). The Multistrada V2 also received a new eight-disc hydraulic clutch and a revised gearbox for more precise shifting, with the V2 S version getting an up and down quickshifter.

The engine updates along with new mirrors and cast wheels derived from the Multistrada V4 help contribute to an 11-pound weight savings, dropping the Multistrada V2’s claimed curb weight to 489 pounds (496 pounds for the S model). Wire spoke wheels are available as an accessory, and Ducati says they are also lighter than the ones offered on the wire-spoked 950.

The suspension system is unchanged from the Multistrada 950, with the base version getting a fully-adjustable 48mm inverted fork and monoshock, and the S model receiving the electronic Ducati Skyhook Suspension EVO. The brakes are likewise unchanged, with dual radial-mount Brembo monoblock four-piston calipers and 320 mm discs up front and a two-piston caliper with 265 mm disc at the rear.

Both standard and S models receive cornering ABS, traction control, selectable ride modes and vehicle hold control for easier starts on inclines. The Multistrada V2 S adds cruise control, a full LED headlight with cornering lights, a 5″ TFT full color display and backlit handlebar controls.

For 2022, the Multistrada V2 comes in Ducati Red with black rims, while the V2 S gets an additional Street Grey color option with a black frame and GP Red rims. Both versions are available in the standard Essential trim while the V2 S is available in a Travel trim which adds side bags, heated grips and a center stand.

In the U.S., the 2022 Ducati Multistrada V2 is priced at $15,295. The Multistrada V2 S starts at $17,895. Expect to see them in dealerships in November.


Ducati Multistrada V2

Ducati Multistrada V2 S

EngineDucati Testastretta, L-Twin cylinder, Desmodromic timing, 4 valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled
Displacement937 cc
Bore x Stroke94 x 67.5 mm
Compression Ratio12.6:1
Power113 hp at 9,000 rpm (claimed)
Torque71 lb-ft at 7,750 rpm
Fuel InjectionElectronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire system
ExhaustStainless steel single muffler, Catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
Gearbox6 speed6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS)
Final DriveChain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43
ClutchSlipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
FrameTubular steel trellis frame
Front SuspensionØ 48 mm fully adjustable usd forkØ 48 mm fully adjustable usd fork, Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo
Rear SuspensionFully adjustable monoshock, Remote spring preload adjustment, Aluminium double-sided swingarmFully adjustable monoshock, Electronic compression, rebound damping and spring pre-load adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo, Aluminium double-sided swingarm
Wheel Travel (Front/Rear)6.7 inches / 6.7 inches
Front WheelLight alloy casted 3.0″ x 19″
Front TirePirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70 ZR 19
Rear WheelLight alloy casted 4.5″ x 17″
Rear TirePirelli Scorpion Trail II 170/60 ZR 17
Front Brake2 x Ø 320 mm aluminum flange semi-floating discs, Radially mounted Brembo monobloc 4-piston 2-pad calipers, Radial Master Cylinder, Cornering ABS
Rear BrakeØ 265 mm disc, 2-piston Brembo floating calliper, Cornering ABS
InstrumentationLCD Display5″ TFT colour display
Dry Weight439 pounds (claimed)445 pounds (claimed)
Curb Weight489 pounds (claimed)496 pounds (claimed)
Seat Height32.7 inches standard, 33.5 inches with high seat accessory, 31.9 inches with low seat accessory, 31.1 inches with low seat + low suspension kit accessory
Wheelbase62.8 inches
Trail4.2 inches
Fuel Tank Capacity5.3 US Gallons
Number Of SeatsDual seat
Safety EquipmentRiding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack ( Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control), Ducati Brake Light, Vehicle Hold ControlRiding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack ( Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control), Ducati Cornering Lights, Ducati Brake Light, Vehicle Hold Control
Standard EquipmentSelf cancelling turn indicatorsDucati Skyhook Suspension Evo, Ducati Quick Shift up/down, Cruise control, Hands-Free, Backlit handlebar switches, 5″ TFT colour display, Full LED headlight, Self cancelling turn indicators
Ready ForDucati Quick Shift up/down, Ducati Multimedia System, Antitheft systemDucati Multimedia System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Antitheft system
Warranty24/48 months, Unlimited mileage
Maintenance Service Intervals15,000 km (9,000 miles) / 12 months
Desmoservice30,000 km (18,000 miles)

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

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  • StickyTires StickyTires on Oct 01, 2021

    How is the wind protection on Adventure style bikes? When I look at this Ducati, the V-Strom 1000, Versys 1000, etc., I find it hard to imagine that the wind noise and buffeting could be acceptable with such small screens. I rode a Tiger 800 once - with the owners 'adventure' helmet (helmet with dirt-bike style sun visor), and I thought my head was going to bend backwards. It sucked.

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    • Larry W Larry W on Oct 01, 2021

      Beaks suck on helmets too!

  • Larry W Larry W on Oct 01, 2021

    Interesting center stand- gets both wheels off the ground! (lead image)