The Pikes Peak edition of the Multistrada returns to Ducati’s lineup, more powerful than before. For 2022, there’s a new Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, with a turn towards the sporty side.
The original V-twin Pikes Peak version came in the 2010s, after Ducati took full advantage of the rulebook at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, which banned clip-on handlebars. This gave the edge to high-performance adventure bikes like the Multi, and Carlin Dunne won the PPIHC with the Multistrada in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2018. The original Pikes Peak edition of the bike was a high-spec machine that paid tribute to these successes.
Although motorcycles are no longer included at the Race to the Clouds, Ducati is bringing the Pikes Peak edition back for 2022, based on the standard Multistrada V4, but with significant changes that should greatly improve its street performance. Or, as Ducati’s press release puts it: “The Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak is a technologically advanced motorcycle, designed for those who love the thrill of
sporty riding, especially on mountainous twisties or between the curbs of a race track.”
The standard Multi V4 models have a 19-inch front wheel mated to 17-inch rear, but the Pikes Peak version has 17-inch Marchesini forged aluminum wheels front and rear, with Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires.
Ducati used the same basic aluminum frame as the standard Multistrada V4, but added a new single-sided swingarm, and modified the chassis to make the handling more sportbike-like. As per the press release:
Geometry figures have been revised compared to those of the Multistrada, specifically the 25.75° steering angle (+ 1.25° vs Multistrada V4), not to mention that trail is now 120 mm (+0.5 mm vs Multistrada V4) and wheelbase geometry is 1,595 mm (62.79 inches)(+0,028 mm vs Multistrada V4). These new figures give the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak the driving characteristics typical of sports bikes, without compromising comfort in every situation.
The footpegs are moved rearwards and sit higher than the standard Multi models, and the handlebars are lower-set, for a sportier riding position.
Ducati also put electronic Ohlins suspension (170 mm travel, front and rear) on the Pikes Peak model, the same Smart EC 2.0 system as the Panigale V4 S and Streetfighter V4 S. This system has “event-based” adjustment; unlike Skyhook suspension, which adapts the settings to match the pavement’s bumps, the new Smart EC 2.0 system adapts to match the pilot’s riding style. The harder they ride, the more the suspension stiffens up. The suspension is set to match the bike’s riding modes, but the rider is also able to directly change the setup through the dash interface.
Braking is also superbike-inspired. Ducati says it’s directly derived from the Panigale V4, with 330 mm front discs and Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, same as the Multistrada V4 S model. The front brake pads are the same used on the Panigale V4 superbike. The rear brake has a floating Brembo caliper and single 265 mm disc.
The Pikes Peak bike comes with Sport, Touring and Urban riding modes, but no Enduro mode, which is standard on other Multistrada models. Instead, it gets Race mode. Ducati says it allows the rider to “fully enjoy the 170 HP of the V4 Granturismo engine and the excellence of the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0.”
Furthermore, the system exploits an even more direct throttle response in High Power Mode. Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Wheelie Control operations are reduced to a minimum and the ABS is set to level 2, also allowing controlled lifting of the rear wheel and therefore getting the most out of the braking phase, even on the racetrack. The Race Riding Mode is undoubtedly the ideal choice for experienced riders who wish to exploit all the exclusive performance the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak can offer.
In other words, if you want to get on the gas and have the most possible control over these electronically-managed safety and suspension systems, Race mode is where it’s at.
The new Multi comes with a 6.5-inch TFT dash, with ability to manage the bike’s electronic features through this interface and a backlit joystick-style button. It also works in conjunction with the Ducati Connect system to handle phone calls, music playback, and integrates the Sygic GPS app (displaying a map on the TFT screen).
Leaning-sensitive ABS and traction control systems come standard, along with Ducati’s radar-powered Adaptive Cruise Control. This functions as a regular cruise control (maintaining a constant speed) until it detects another vehicle in the lane ahead. Then, it maintains a constant following speed; this was new for the Multistrada V4 series last fall, and this technology is still only available on a narrow range of bikes across all manufacturers.
Blind spot detection comes standard as well, as well as tire pressure monitoring, assisted hill starting, keyless ignition, and all the other lux electro-features we’ve come to know and love. Corning LED lights are standard too; this system senses your lean angle, and “sees” into the corners as you ride at night.
Ducati put a 12V power socket on the side of the dash as well as a USB charging port in a compartment on the fuel tank, so it should be no trouble to keep your devices charged.
The V4 is back
The engine itself is the same V4 that previously appeared in the V4 and V4 S Multistrada models. It’s still rated for 170 horsepower and 92 pound-feet of torque, but Ducati’s marketing suggests the refined Race mode allows you to take better advantage of those numbers. With valve clearance checks only required every 36,000 miles (60,000 kilometres), maintenance costs should be reasonable.
This engine has a counter-rotating crankshaft, and in certain situations (stop-and-go city traffic), the rear cylinder will deactivate to save fuel.
The Pikes Peak Edition comes with Akrapovič titanium and carbon silencer.
Wet weight is about 520 pounds (236 kilograms), shedding almost 9 pounds (4 kilograms) thanks to carbon-fibre parts.
Of course, a flashy graphics package comes standard
Ducati says the new bike will be in North American dealerships from February 2022-onwards, with MSRP of $28,995 in the US and $32,695 in Canada.