New 2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Motorcycles aren’t allowed to race the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb any more, and it’s been three years since the Multistrada last won it, but that hasn’t stopped Ducati from producing another new Pikes Peak model, this time based on the Multistrada V4.

The 2022 Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak comes equipped with 17-inch Marchesini forged aluminum wheels that Ducati claims are 6.0 pounds lighter than the Multistrada V4 S’ wheels. In typical Ducati sportbike fashion, the rear wheel is mounted to a singled-sided swingarm.

Reflecting its sportier disposition, the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak features a dedicated livery inspired by Ducati’s Desmosedici GP ’21 (though I don’t recall the MotoGP race bike bearing a #1 license plate…).

Instead of the Ducati Skyhook Suspension offered on the Multistrada V4 S, the Pikes Peak model comes equipped with Öhlins suspension, including the Smart EC 2.0 semi-active system. The same suspension as the Panigale V4 S and Streetfighter V4 S, Smart EC 2.0 automatically adjusts compression and rebound damping to suit the riding style, whereas the Skyhook system adapts to compensate for road conditions. Suspension travel is 6.7 inches for both wheels.

The braking system uses the same Brembo M50 Stylema monoblock calipers as the Multistrada V4 S, but they’re equipped with the brake pads of the Panigale V4. The three-level Bosch-Brembo ABS 10.3ME Cornering system also comes standard.

The 1160cc V4 Granturismo engine is unchanged from the regular Multi V4s, claiming the same 170 hp at 10,500 rpm and 92 lb-ft. at 8,750 rpm despite the addition of a Akrapovič titanium and carbon silencer.

The electronics package is similar to the other Multi V4s with the addition of a new Race Riding mode replacing the more dirt-focused Enduro mode. Race Riding mode offers more direct throttle response and sets ABS to level 2 and traction and wheelie controls to their minimum levels. Other electronic features include radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection, Vehicle Hold Control, a 6.5″ TFT display and self-cancelling turn signals.

Ducati modified the aluminum monocoque frame, giving the Pikes Peak model a larger rake angle (25.75° vs. 24.5°) and longer trail (4.7 inches vs. 4.0 inches). The wheelbase is also longer at 62.8 inches compared to 61.7 inches on the other Multistrada V4 models.

The riding ergonomics are sportier compared to the other Multistradas, with Ducati moving the footpegs higher and further back to increase the maximum lean angle. The handlebars are are lower and narrower, creating a more aggressive riding posture. Accordingly, the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak has a lower windscreen.

The 2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak arrives in dealerships in December with pricing set at $28,995, a $1,050 premium over the V4 S Sport trim.

 


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