It seems Ducati is ready to expand the Multistrada V4 line, with a new, sporty version of the machine that might be the new Pikes Peak edition, or maybe a replacement for that model.
Spy photos on MCN (click here to go see them) show a Ducati V4 Multistrada in the wild, with a different configuration from the V4 Multistrada Tourer we saw last fall. MCN’s photos seem to show 17-inch wheels with street-biased rubber, and a single-sided swingarm. A very street-oriented version of the Multi, then, very much in line with previous 1200 editions.
MCN also notes the photo shows the Tourer’s Skyhook suspenders have been replaced with Ohlins and big 330 mm brake discs mated to Brembo Stylema calipers. More road-friendly kit, then!
Also, note the bike seems to be basically finished, with no electronic black boxes mounted, recording in-flight data, or any other tell-tales showing last-minute testing.
Remember: Back in February, we noted that Ducati had nailed down the Pikes Peak name for a future Multistrada. Kind of an odd move, as motorcycles are possibly never going to run the race again, but hey—the paperwork doesn’t lie. There’s a very good chance this bike spied at MCN is the new Pikes Peak model.
We expect the new bike should have basically the same powerplant as the standard V4 Multistrada. That means a 90-degree V4, with 1158 cc capacity, DOHC valvetrain, counter-rotating crank, six-speed gearbox, and crazy 37,250 mile/60,000 kilometre intervals between major services. The Tourer also came with Bosch-enabled adaptive cruise control, but we haven’t heard if that will be optional on the Pikes Peak. At this point, Ducati still hasn’t publicly acknowledged the new machine.