The DVT system has no steps in performance and is constantly adapting to rpm by varying the cam timing for intake and exhaust valves. This equates to much smoother bottom-end power delivery, while also boosting top-end power as the valve overlap increases to increase combustion. Sensors relay information to the control unit and the ignition advance and retard is adjusted using oil pressure. build up hydraulic pressure. It didn’t seem like a consistent sensation at the launch, but after a week with the PP I can confirm that the lag is definitely present. It never spoils the fun, but it is noticeable.
Another frustration is the indicator switch. It’s hopelessly sensitive and activates at the lightest touch. It’s a small thing, but genuinely infuriating. When you contrast that irritation with the excellent decision to backlight the handlebar switches it seems like an odd oversight. And, while I’m moaning, the omission of heated grips as standard equipment on a bike that costs a thumping £19,220 (they’re £216 as an accessory fitment) is miserly; especially in light of the fact that all Multistradas have the handlebar switch already fitted.
The removable rubber footrests are also too slippery when they get wet. Why they bother having them is as confusing as having an Enduro riding mode on a bike that will never, ever venture off road. In light of the new Multistrada Enduro model catering for those wishing to have a true adventure bike, having this riding mode on the rest of the road range seems even more irrelevant. The fitment of dual-purpose Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres falls under the same redundant category, the PP should be gifted serious sport rubber.
But none of these niggles can erode the appeal of this bike. It’s basically a highly addictive 160bhp supermoto that will leave you working out how you can possibly get out to ride more often just so you can revel in the sheer unadulterated joy of it.
The Pikes Peak ‘s carbon parts list include a screen (not pictured), front mudguard, side panels and a strip that
runs across the top of the fuel tank