While there might not be any more motorcycle racing at the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA, Ducati has chosen to stick to its guns and reveal a new version of its fully-kitted Multistrada for 2022. With a Desmosedici GP ’21-inspired paint job, lashings of carbon fibre and an Akrapovic exhaust, there’s no doubt it looks the part – but what’s going on beneath the surface to make the latest Pikes Peak version of the Italian adventure bike ‘the sportiest Multistrada ever’?
The Italian factory has taken a Multistrada V4 S and added a selection of extra-special kit to make its already excellent motorcycle even better. It’s tweaked the riding position, fitted some 17-inch Marchesini forged aluminium wheels (in place of the 19-inch front wheel of the standard bike), and clad them with sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tyres. There’s also a single-sided swingarm, Öhlins semi-active suspension, and the new Race rider mode. Ducati reckons it’s the sportiest Multistrada it’s ever developed – and looking at all that, it’s easy to see why.