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Another From Ducati: V4 Pikes Peak Clouds the Web

Inspired by MotoGP, the V4 Pikes Peak is the sportiest Multistrada ever produced by Ducati

On 28 November 2022, Ducati unveiled its sportiest Multistrada ever; the Pikes Peak, which is influenced by MotoGP. The Pikes Peak is based on the existing Multistrada platform, but the motorcycle now rolls on a 17-inch tyre setup and is more road-focused. In short, it is a Multistrada which is not just meant for ascending the hilly-terrains but also for racing. 

The Pikes Peak draws energy from a twin-cylinder, V4, Gran Turismo engine which generates a peak power of 170hp at 10,500 rpm and a torque figure of 125Nm at 8,750rpm mated to a six-speed gearbox. The motorcycle features a slipper and clutch assist along with a ride-by-wire throttle. Being a sporty motorcycle, Ducati has diminished the weight of the motorcycle by 4.4 kilograms. To do so, several parts on the motorcycle have been revised. Not to forget, the Pikes Peak features several components formed of carbon fibre. 

Given the Pikes Peak is designed to do more on-road runs like sports motorcycles, the Peak is equipped with lighter Marchesini forged aluminium rims. The rims are 2.4 kilograms lighter when compared to the existing ordinary V4 S counterpart. To enhance the performance of the motorcycle, Ducati has rejected the Skyhook Marzocchi suspension setup found on the V4 S. Instead, Ducati has armed the Peak with Ohlins suspension units which are semi-active but offer shorter travel. 

The side-swing arm has been redesigned to support the new 17-inch rear tyre and Ducati has added an Akrapovic exhaust-can made of titanium and carbon; another place where Ducati shaved some weight. The braking duties of the motorcycle are handled dual 330mm discs with Brembo Stylema monobloc callipers at the front whereas the rear has a single 265mm disc with Brembo floating calliper. The brake setup has been directly derived from the existing V4, so no changes were made. 

The V4 S is armed with multiple riding modes and, therefore, the Pikes Peak carries the same feature. However, compared to the V4 S, the Pikes Peak does not possess the enduro riding mode. Instead, it is armed with a race mode along with the traditional sport, touring and urban mode. Last but not the least, Pikes Peak also features a 6.5-inch TFT display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, and lean-sensitive ABS. 

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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