Ducati is revising the 950 Multistrada, with the updated machine coming in as the new-for-2022 Multistrada V2.
The new Duc uses many of the same components as the previous 950, but many parts are updated, or borrowed from the Multistrada V4 model.
The 11-degree Testastretta V-twin gets a new eight-disc hydraulic clutch, new connecting rods, and a revised gearbox that is supposed to shift more smoothly, particularly when you opt for the up/down quickshifter (standard equipment on the up-specced S model).
Engine capacity remains at 937 cc, with four-valve heads and desmodromic valvetrain. Unlike the air-cooled L-twins of old, this modern liquid-cooled engine gets 30,000 km between valve adjustments. Oil changes come at 15,000-km intervals.
Ducati’s changes also resulted in some weight loss, with the engine cutting about 2 kg off the previous V-twin. This theme continues elsewhere on the motorcycle, which is down about 5 kg overall.
This is partly due to several parts transplanted from the V4 Multistrada model, including mirrors and footpegs. Those new pegs are also lower-mounted, for more comfort. The seat is also more narrow and lower, allowing riders an easier reach to the ground, and Ducati also has a low seat available as an option. Spoked, tubeless rims are also optional; otherwise, the V2 comes with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear cast wheels.
Skyhook semi-auto suspension is also available as an option, and comes standard on the S model. Both bikes come with leaning ABS, traction control, four riding modes, and other less exciting features like Ducati’s hill start assist and a brake light that automatically flashes when you hammer the binders in a mad hurry.
The S model also gets an adaptive LED cornering headlight, cruise control, a 5-inch TFT screen, and bidirectional quickshifter. The S model is also available in either Ducati Red or Street Grey (the standard model only comes in Ducati Red), and only the S model can be outfitted with the Travel package, which includes sidebags, heated grips, and centrestand.
Ducati says the new Multistrada V2 arrives in Canada in December, with an MSRP starting at $16,995 CAD.