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2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Ducati’s 2023 Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak redefines sports touring and may just be the bike that has ruined all other bikes for yours truly. Comprising a performance orientated road sports touring package with all the fruit, put simply the Pikes Peak is the pinnacle of sports touring performance.

We have been big fans of the Ducati V4 range on bikes we have tested over the last few years including the Panigale and Streetfighter, but to have that performance motor slightly detuned available in a more versatile and practical package for road use, well it is just a master stroke from the Italian brand.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Powered by the 1158cc V4 grandturismo power plant which can be described in no other way than sublime, producing 125kW (170hp) at 10,500rpm and 125Nm of torque at 8,750rpm the abundance of technology to ensure that you can make the most of The Pikes Peak power is a standout.

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There is no denying that the 2023 Multistrada V4 Pike Peak is a premium motorcycle which is reflected by its entry point price tag of $46,990 ride away. But it is what is included in the price of admission, that makes you find peace with the investment, of course that is if your budget allows.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

All the glory of the Pikes Peak prowess can not just be directed towards the brilliant motor though. The new electronics suite is directly derived directly from Ducati’s supersport range.  Urban, Touring, Sport and for the first time available on a Multistrada, race mode  are all available for the rider to choose from.

There is even the capability for the rider to adjust individual pre programmed settings in each mode to truly optimise their riding experience. During our test period we took the opportunity to try each of these modes, however we would have required a little bit longer with the bike to delve deeper and start customising settings.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

We found the Urban mode strangled the V4 a little and the bike felt as though it was on a tight leash and would only really be used in heavy wet weather for us where you would want to keep the performance of the Pike Peak at a minimal.

Touring mode delivered nice easy power delivery and increased fuel range. Of course each ride mode also alters the electronic suspension set up, but more on handling in a moment. Sport unleashed all of the Pikes Peak want for performance and was great fun in our dryer testing conditions.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Race was where it was at though for us, turning our well mannered touring bike into a performance animal, if only we had the chance to take to the track and totally unleash all of its primal instincts.

Add to these selectable riding modes cornering ABS, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Traction Control and Vehicle Control and you can start to understand the sophisticated performance electronic rider aids that are on offer from the Pikes Peak.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Of course there is no point having all of this performance at the twist of the right wrist if the chassis and handling package is not up to task and of course this is the defining factor in truly making the bike brilliant. The good news is this is where the Pikes Peak excels.

Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension is an undeniable highlight of the Pikes Peak package, it is also the first Multistrada to be fitted with the electronic suspension package. This same suspension setup features on both the Panigale V4 S and Streetfighter V4 S models and the performance handling is a huge part of why we have fallen in love with this bike.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Adjustable not only with riding mode selection, but the Pikes Peak also offers preloaded settings for single rider, rider with pillion and of course rider with luggage all enhancing the sophistication of the touring package provided.

The chassis feels well balanced and combined with the premium suspension componentry, a single sided swingerarm and high performance brakes, rewards the rider with a supreme riding experience which is complemented  with upright touring comfort and practicality.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Braking up front is provide by 330mm twin discs with Brembo Stylema monobloc callipers similar to the Mulitstrada V4 S setup, however Panigale V4 S brake pads are utilised on the Pikes Peak. This set-up provides plenty of bite and feel for the rider and is performance is what you would expect of a premium setup.

On the rear a single 265mm disc is featured with a Brembo floating csliper, again providing more than adequate stopping power when bring the big Duke to a hault. A 17 inch front wheel with forged rims assists the direct and precise steering geometry of the Pikes Peak.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Pirelli Diablo Rossi IV tyres add another dimension of grip to the tarmac adding to the brilliance of the already dynamic handling package on offer. Even in the wet the Pikes Peak feels effortless and confidence inspiring offering the rider plenty of grip to go about their business.

The command centre for all rider info and selections is a well laid out 6.5 inch colour TFT. It is here the rider will find range to empty and all there selectable and configurable modes as well as speed and revs of course. The layout works well and would be in the opt echelon of instrument clusters available.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Ergonomically the Pikes Peak ticks all the boxes, there is good reach to the handlebars from the well supported and comfortable seat and allows you to get in good riding position to really punt the Pikes Peak through the corners. It maintains a good balance for highway riding as well with the screen offering go d protection and the distance from seat to footpads being spot on.

With a dry weight of just 214kgs, although tall the Pikes Peak feels manageable, whether pulling up to a stop at traffic lights or just moving around the garage, the height seat height of 840mm of the Pikes Peak may prove a bit of a challenge for vertically challenged riders though.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Add to the performance the comfort and the rider aids some brilliant safety and touring features such as Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control and full Led headlight and the price tag of the Pikes Peak becomes easily justifiable.

You’ll also find blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and full LED lighting on board, as well as an Akrapovič slip on exhaust, numerous splashes of carbon fibre, a two tone seat, the stunning Pikes Peak livery, and a #1 race number.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

The race number is oddly fitting, as the 2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak is the best sports tourer we’ve ridden. Its performance, handling and overall riding experience are all first class. Sure some will think it’s pricey, but ride it and tell us it’s not worth every cent.

Our test bike was provided by Ducati Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, contact your local Ducati dealer.

2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak
2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
10
Style and Comfort
10
Braking and Handling
10
Overall Bike Performance
10
Value for Money
10
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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Ducati's 2023 Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak redefines sports touring and may just be the bike that has ruined all other bikes for yours truly. Comprising a performance orientated road sports touring package with all the fruit, put simply the Pikes Peak is the pinnacle of...2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak