Mul­tistrada Pikes Peak takes tough­est chal­lenge yet

2000 miles in a week

Motorcycle News (UK) - - In This Week's Issue - By Andy David­son MCN STAFF WRITER

The Pikes Peak In­ter­na­tional Hill Climb is Amer­ica’s ver­sion of our Isle of Man TT. It’s a race to the clouds, 14,115 feet above sea level to be ex­act, where a bunch of lu­natics with mo­tor­cy­cles, quad­bikes, cars and trucks carve their way up 12.42 miles of moun­tain course, flirt­ing with its 156 turns, hair­pins, and cliff edges while bat­tling snow, bears and al­ti­tude sick­ness.

And Du­cati are a big player in the event, win­ning their class six times and re­tain­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle course record, set in 2012 on a Mul­tistrada with a crack­ing time of 9:52:819.

Du­cati pro­duced a cel­e­bra­tory, ul­tra­sleek Pikes Peak edi­tion of the Multi back in 2011. And we’ve been treated to an up­dated model for 2016, which uses the 2015 Mul­tistrada 1200S as a donor bike. It comes com­plete with car­bon-fibre good­ies, fresh rac­ing liv­ery, Ter­mignoni si­lencer, new three­spoke wheels, new DVT en­gine and most im­por­tantly, it swaps the semi-ac­tive Sky­hook sus­pen­sion for fully ad­justable con­ven­tional Öh­lins.

The Mul­tistrada is billed as a ver­sa­tile ma­chine, its very name trans­lated is ‘Many Roads’, hint­ing at how it can tackle ev­ery­thing. And now with ex­quis­ite, top-spec Öh­lins and car­bon trin­kets, the Pikes Peak edi­tion prom­ises to be the sporti­est Multi in the range, too, all in hon­our of the USA’S tough­est test.

So it makes sense to put it through our own, gru­elling UK test on Bri­tish roads. Our band of MCN test rid­ers spent a week with the Peak, putting it through its paces on track, at­tack­ing the UK’S big­gest hill climb, camp­ing on a Peak District ad­ven­ture and en­dur­ing a dirty com­mute, cov­er­ing more miles in a week than most Pikes Peak mod­els do in a year. Have that, Amer­ica.

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