CLEVER EN­GINE

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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

Thin film tran­sis­tor screen can link it­self via Blue­tooth to your mo­bile Öh­lins re­places semi-ac­tive Sky­hook and gives a more im­me­di­ate feel on the road Cor­ner­ing LEDS help you see around bends at night Road-le­gal Termi ex­haust comes as stan­dard on the

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