The Ducati Multistrada V4 is Getting a Pikes Peak Edition

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Scrambler Icon Bright also on the horizon

Ducati is preparing to add a Pikes Peak version of the Multistrada V4 and another Scrambler variant for the 2021 model year.

A Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak makes a lot of sense, as Ducati has offered a similar variant for the previous 1260 and 1200 Multistradas. Ducati continued offering a Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak even after it switched from the ‘Strada to a prototype Streetfighter V4 for the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (which we’ll always remember for Carlin Dunne’s tragic accident.)

Even though motorcycles are no longer allowed to compete in the Hill Climb, the tradition appears to continue as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s certification for the 2021 Multistrada V4 includes a Pikes Peak variant.

Beyond using the same engine, the certification does not tell us what to expect from the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak. We can, however, make a few guesses based on how the previous Pikes Peak bikes.

The 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 had a special Corse livery and Öhlins suspension among other upgrades.

The Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak used Öhlins suspension instead of the 1260 S’ Skyhook suspension, so we can likely expect the same here. The previous Pikes Peak Multistrada had forged light alloy wheels, and that should also return for the V4 version. Naturally, the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak will have its own, distinct color scheme.

Meanwhile, we believe Ducati may be adding a new Scrambler Icon Bright to its lineup for 2021. For one thing, Australia’s vehicle certification system lists the Bright variant alongside the Icon Dark and Nightshift. The plain old “Scrambler Icon” was not mentioned in the filing, so it’s possible “Bright” may have just been a description to differentiate it from the Icon Dark.

However, the Scrambler Icon Bright also shows up on the owner’s manual download page of Ducati’s own website, listed as a 2021 model. The Icon, Icon Dark and Nightshift are also listed separately on that page as 2021 models, suggesting that the Bright is a completely separate variant.

The Australian certification included the image below. This Scrambler has the wire-spoke wheels, flat handlebar, bar-end mirrors and twin exhaust of the Nightshift, but a bright yellow paint and the seat and seat cover similar to those of the Scrambler Full Throttle which did not return for 2021. The fuel tank doesn’t have the silver side panels of the Icon models though, making it less of an “Icon Bright” and more of a… “Dayshift”?

Either way, it appears that Ducati has at least two more model variants to add to its 2021 lineup. We expect to hear more details of the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak and Scrambler Icon Bright soon.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Gabriel Owens Gabriel Owens on Feb 04, 2021

    Please 17's front and rear with a 180 on the back.

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    • Born to Ride Born to Ride on Feb 07, 2021

      Oh yeah, I forgot they updated both bikes. I think I ended up letting it drop off my radar because of the price hike. 15k plus the stupid Japanese dealer markups made it not very enticing.

  • AlinPhilly AlinPhilly on Feb 05, 2021

    Every time I read an article about another Multistrada variant, I wistfully sigh and mutter why can't they screw the pseudo-adventure bike thing, drop the CG a couple of inches, add a more street functional fairing and bodywork, and resurrect the ST?

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    • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Feb 08, 2021

      Ducati faced an insurmountable problem with the ST's: the people who considered them for the most part really wanted a superbike, but for reasons of price or their own ergonomic limitations couldn't/wouldn't spring for one. Those same people just... couldn't bring themselves to accept the less than sharply beautiful, less than maximally powerful ST 'compromise'. Today, there are a legion of former Ducati superbike owners looking for another taste of the Ducati experience without the sacrifices of superbike ownership. This new V4 may be it, as long as it doesn't throw up too many compromises (or roadblocks like too tall seat heights).