Somewhat surprisingly, it seems Ducati is working on a new Pikes Peak edition of its Multistrada V4 adventure bike.
For years, the 1260-series Ducati Multistrada (powered by a V-twin) was the bike to beat at the Pikes Peak International Hill, most notably when piloted by Carlin Dunne. The rulebook at Pikes Peak was basically designed to keep full-on racebikes like the ZX or GSX-R series off the course, requiring machines to have real handlebars, not clip-ons. The Multi was one of the fastest bikes with handlebars, and its ADV bike layout was able to deal with any tricky surfaces on the course (especially when it was unpaved). As a result, the Multistrada did very well at Pikes Peak through the 2010s.
As a result, Ducati released an up-specced Pikes Peak version of the 1260 Multi, with fancy graphics, a trick muffler, some carbon-fibre bits and fancy-pants suspension from Ohlins.
Sadly, Dunne died in a crash within sight of finish line at the 2019 Pikes Peak race, and race organizers announced they weren’t allowing motorcycle entries for the 2020 edition (remember, Pikes Peak is primarily a car race). Ducati still built a Pikes Peak version of the Multistrada for 2020, though, and now there’s EPA paperwork showing the company plans to do a Pikes Peak version of the V4 Multistrada as well.
This doesn’t make sense on the surface. The V4 Multi broke cover officially in fall of 2020 (see more about that here), and has never actually raced at Pikes Peak. However, remember that the motorcycle ban at Pikes Peak was only for a single year; maybe we’ll see bikes back, if the race actually runs in 2021 (the 2020 race was canceled anyway, thanks to COVID-19).
What would we expect the V4 Multistrada Pikes Peak to look like? Basically, same as the previous Pikes Peak models: A Termignoni exhaust, Ohlins suspension, special livery and a different windscreen.