By Dennis Chung
Ducati is preparing to add a Pikes Peak version of the Multistrada V4 and another Scrambler variant for the 2021 model year.
A Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak makes a lot of sense, as Ducati has offered a similar variant for the previous 1260 and 1200 Multistradas. Ducati continued offering a Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak even after it switched from the ‘Strada to a prototype Streetfighter V4 for the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (which we’ll always remember for Carlin Dunne’s tragic accident.)
Even though motorcycles are no longer allowed to compete in the Hill Climb, the tradition appears to continue as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s certification for the 2021 Multistrada V4 includes a Pikes Peak variant.
Beyond using the same engine, the certification does not tell us what to expect from the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak. We can, however, make a few guesses based on how the previous Pikes Peak bikes.
The 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 had a special Corse livery and Öhlins suspension among other upgrades.
The Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak used Öhlins suspension instead of the 1260 S’ Skyhook suspension, so we can likely expect the same here. The previous Pikes Peak Multistrada had forged light alloy wheels, and that should also return for the V4 version. Naturally, the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak will have its own, distinct color scheme.
Meanwhile, we believe Ducati may be adding a new Scrambler Icon Bright to its lineup for 2021. For one thing, Australia’s vehicle certification system lists the Bright variant alongside the Icon Dark and Nightshift. The plain old “Scrambler Icon” was not mentioned in the filing, so it’s possible “Bright” may have just been a description to differentiate it from the Icon Dark.