After a hectic handful of weeks, I sincerely hope today is my last press launch for 2021 – my Delta SkyMiles status is doing just fine for the next two years.
But, don’t take that as a complaint, as this edition of “Gone Riding” sees us getting ready to ride the new Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak adventure-sport, which brings the 17″ wheelset back to this popular ADV machine.
The launch is taking place in Palm Springs, California – but this sunny SoCal getaway has a bit of rain on the forecast for our street ride today. Even so, I don’t think that will stop us from seeing if this 167hp beast can do the business.
Of course, the question on everyone’s mind will be whether the paint and goodies on the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak is worth the $29,000 price tag, which is more than a $3,000 premium over the Multistrada V4 S model.
I hope to find that out, and also to see whether Ducati has captured the spirit of its Pikes Peak heritage, which started with a Hypermotard, and ended with a Streetfighter V4.
Per our new review format, I will be giving you a live assessment of the new Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak right here in this article (down in the comments section), and I will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.
Here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, before even our own proper review is posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Ducati personnel. So, pepper away.
Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak:
|Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak||Ducati Multistrada V4 S||BMW S1000XR||KTM 1290 Super Duke GT|
|Power||167 hp||167 hp||165 hp||175 hp|
|Torque||92 lbs•ft||92 lbs•ft||84 lbs•ft||104 lbs•ft|
|Weight||527 lbs (wet)||529 lbs (wet)||498 lbs (wet)||497 lbs (wet)|
|Engine||1,158cc / V4||1,158cc / V4||999cc / Inline-Four||1,301cc / V-Twin|