2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
Fast Facts

17″ wheels
Single-sided swingarm
Sportier ergos
Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension

The sportiest Multistrada yet

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.

2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak Specifications

Engine TypeV4 Granturismo, V4 – 90°, 4 valves per cylinder, counter-rotating crankshaft, Twin Pulse firing order, liquid cooled
Displacement1,158 cc (71 cu in)
Bore x Stroke83 mm x 53.5 mm
Compression Ratio14.0:1
Power170 hp (125 kW) @ 10,500 rpm (claimed)
Torque12.7 kgm (125 Nm, 92 lb ft) @ 8,750 rpm (claimed)
Fuel InjectionElectronic fuel injection system, Øeq 46 mm elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire system
ExhaustStainless steel muffler, double catalytic converter and 4 lambda probes
Gearbox6 speed
Primary driveStraight cut gears, ratio 1.8:1
Ratio1=40/13, 2=36/16, 3=34/19, 4=31/21, 5=29/23, 6=27/25
Final driveChain, front sprocket z16, rear sprocket z42
ClutchMultiplate wet clutch with hydraulic control, self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
FrameAluminum monocoque frame
Front suspensionÖhlins Ø 48 mm fully adjustable usd fork with TiN treatment, electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode
Front WheelMarchesini light alloy forged, 3.5″ x 17″
Front TirePirelli Diablo Rosso IV 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspensionÖhlins TTX36 fully adjustable monoshock, electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode, electronic preload adjustment, aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear WheelMarchesini light alloy forged, 6″ x 17″
Rear TirePirelli Diablo Rosso IV 190/55 ZR17
Wheel Travel (Front/Rear)170 mm / 170 mm (6.7 in / 6.7 in)
Front Brake2 x Ø 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Stylema monobloc 4-piston 2-pad callpers, radial master cylinder, Cornering ABS
Rear BrakeØ 265 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, Cornering ABS
Instrumentation6.5″ TFT colour display with Ducati Connect and full-map navigation system
Dry Weight214 kg (472 lb) (claimed)
Kerb Weight239 kg (527 lb) (claimed)
Seat HeightAdjustable, 840 mm – 860 mm (33.1 in – 33.9 in)
Wheelbase1,595 mm (62.8 in)
Trail120 mm (4.7 in)
Fuel Tank Capacity22 l (5.8 US gal)
Number of Seats2
Safety EquipmentRiding Modes, Power Modes, ABS Cornering, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Daytime Running Light, Ducati Cornering Light, Ducati Brake Light, Vehicle Hold Control, Blind Spot Detection
Standard EquipmentÖhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronic suspension, Ducati Quick Shift, Adaptive Cruise Control, Hands-free, Backlit handlebar switches, 6.5″ TFT colour display with Ducati Connect and full-map navigation system, Full LED headlight, Carbon fiber front mudguard and beak, Type-approved Akrapovic muffler, Two-tone seat
Warranty24 months, unlimited mileage.
Valve Clearance Check15,000 km (9,000 miles) / 24 months
Valve Clearance Check (Desmoservice)60,000 km (36,000 miles)

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com 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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  • Born to Ride Born to Ride on Oct 31, 2021

    This bike is perfect. Unfortunately, I’m not baller enough for $30k toys…

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    • Jon Jones Jon Jones on Oct 31, 2021

      Yeah! What you so eloquently stated, Born to Ride!

  • Unemployed Ducatista Unemployed Ducatista on Nov 01, 2021

    Valve clearance check every 15.000kms?
    Isn't it the Granturismo V4 motor with spring actuated valves instead of Desmo?
    I guess it should read oil change. But if I were to spend $30K on a bike I would change the oil twice as often.