The Multistrada V2 has become 5kgs lighter than the outgoing 950 S, and a lot of that weight-shedding has happened in the power unit.
Ducati has launched the Multistrada V2 and V2 S in India. The base V2 is priced at Rs 14.65 lakh, whereas the top-spec V2 S variant has been priced at Rs 16.65 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom).
The Multistrada V2 and V2 S use a 937cc engine, with a healthy output of 111bhp and 98Nm. There is a 6-speed gearbox with the Ducati up and down quick-shifter. However, it's available as standard only on the V2 S, although it can be specced as an accessory on the V2 as well.
Ducati’s electronics suite remains central to the riding experience, as there are 8 levels of traction control and three levels of ABS control. The level 1 ABS setting removes cornering ABS and deactivates ABS on the rear wheel. There are four riding modes as well – Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro.
This being an adventure motorcycle, there is 170mm of travel for both wheels. The front-end features 48mm KYB upside-down forks, which are remotely adjustable for compression and damping. The rear has a monoshock, which again gets remote adjustability for both compression and damping. In the V2 S, you also get Ducati’s semi-active Skyhook suspension setup, which can adapt to changing road conditions.
The ergonomics of the V2 and V2 S are also better than the motorcycle it will replace, i.e. the Multistrada 950 S. The seat height has been lowered by 10mm, and using a lower seat (available as an accessory) and the lower suspension setting, it can be brought down to 790mm. The seat is also narrower to make shorter riders more comfortable.
The Multistrada V2 and V2 S are part of a packed 2022 calendar for Ducati, which will see many more motorcycles come to India, the last of which will be the DesertX.