The Italian factory has kicked off its launch season with an all-new Multistrada V2, which replaces the much-loved 950 as the entry-point into adventure/sports tourer range.

With the introduction of the Multistrada V4 last year and the development of a V2 engine for its sport and supersport line-ups, it should come as no great surprise that the boys (and girls) from Bologna have stuck a V2 motor into its smallest adventure machine.

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Getting into specifics, the newest model from Ducati uses its 937cc Testastretta 11-degree V2 unit, which powers the Panigale V2 and the latest generation Monster. Surprisingly, power output remains much the same as the outgoing ‘strada 950, with 113bhp on tap – but like the V4, the V2 is as much about durability as it is about performance, with oil changes now extended to every 15,000km and valve checks now needed every 30,000km. That works for us.