Ducati Returns to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Ducati has set its sights on taking back the course record at the 96th annual running of the "Race to the Clouds" on June 24. Ducati team record holder, Carlin Dunne, and current middleweight record holder, Codie Vahsholtz, make up the 2018 Spider Grips Ducati Pikes Peak team on the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.
Pikes Peak Hill Climb
First Race
Finish Line
14,115 feet
The History

Ducati has secured six victories on the mountain since the company’s debut in 2008 and held the all-time course record from 2012 until 2017. 

In 2008, Ducati and the Spider Grips team campaigned the Hypermotard 1100 S for Ducati’s official debut in the race. The course was a combination of both dirt and asphalt and Spider Grips Ducati rider, Greg Trachy, piloted his way to Ducati’s first victory. 

With the development of the game-changing Multistrada 1200 S and its 4-bikes-in-1 technology to traverse the treacherous terrain, Ducati returned in 2010 with a subsequent victory piloted by Trachy. This established the Multistrada as the bike to beat and gave birth to the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak.

2012 was an incredible year with Carlin Dunne joining the official team after winning the previous year with a privateer effort. With the course now completely paved, both Trachy and Dunne were the first motorcyclists to race the course and break the infamous 10-minute barrier. Dunne and Ducati set a new course record (9:52.819) and earned the title of King of the Mountain. 

As the speeds were increasing, so were the risks and by 2016 the future of motorcycle racing was in question. Ducati worked with race organizers to develop the Race Smart program supported by former champions (Dunne & Trachy included) to ensure all rookie motorcycle entrants were best prepared for the challenge. This proved to be successful into 2017 with no serious injuries and kept motorcycles on the mountain.  

Following two years of Squadra Alpina, 2017 saw Ducati and Dunne’s long-standing record broke by a mere 3.194 seconds. It was time for Ducati to return to racing on the mountain with the Spider Grips Ducati Team and the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.

The Team

The Ducati team record holder, Carlin Dunne, and current middleweight record holder, Codie Vahsholtz, make up the 2018 Spider Grips Ducati Pikes Peak team.

Ducati is partnering this year with Shell Advance, Brembo, Pirelli, Termignoni, Spider Grips, Ducati by Rizoma, Race Tech, Revl and Racing Cowboys for the Pikes Peak event.

The Bike

The debut of the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak will showcase the versatility of the new, larger displacement Multistrada. The 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine delivers 18% more torque in the mid-range and is paired with a redesigned chassis for increased stability. In addition, the motorcycle is fitted with a cutting-edge electronics package with distinct Riding Modes, Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Wheelie Control to improve control in all conditions on the mountain.

Starting with a Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak directly off the Bologna production line, the team has developed the motorcycle for its sole purpose of racing Pikes Peak. Modifications have been limited with a focus of weight reduction, fine-tuning the chassis and ensuring the engine will breathe properly at an elevation in excess of 14,000 ft. The stock suite of electronics are being utilized in the development and testing which is a testament to the range and adaptability for racing purposes.

A motorcycle built for sport adventure, the new Multistrada 1260 is available in the standard version, the Multistrada 1260 S, and Multistrada Pikes Peak.

Standard equipment

Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), Riding Mode, Power Mode, Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS Bosch + DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Cruise control, Hands-Free, Backlit handlebar controls, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) ready, Automatic indicator switch off, Anti-theft ready
  • Ducati Red

Standard equipment

Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), Riding Mode, Power Mode, Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS Bosch + DTC), Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evo, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Cruise control, Hands-Free, Backlit handlebar controls, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), color TFT display, Full LED light, Ducati Cornering Lights, Automatic indicator switch off, Anti-theft ready.
$20,995 i
$21,195 i
$21,195 i
  • Ducati Red
  • Volcano Grey
  • Iceberg White

Standard equipment

In addition to the S version, the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak is equipped with the Ducati Performance by Termignoni approved exhaust system, carbon fiber windscreen and additional Plexiglas windscreen, Öhlins top range suspensions, carbon fiber front mudguard, carbon fiber air intake covers, carbon Hands-Free cover.
$25,495 i
  • Pikes Peak livery

The new Multistrada 1260 chassis is based on the use of a new frame and a longer swingarm. The steering angle has been increased by 1 degree, from 24° to 25° while the swingarm, also new, is 48 mm longer.

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The S version suspensions of the new Multistrada 1260 are of the semi-active type and are controlled by the Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system.

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Tires and rims

The new Multistrada 1260, 1260 S and 1260 S D|Air are all equipped with light alloy rims with five Y-shaped spokes, 340 grams lighter than those mounted on the previous model.

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New Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak

In addition to the dedicated racing inspired livery, the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak is equipped with new forged aluminium wheels, an exceptional 3 kg lighter than those used on the new Multistrada 1260 S.

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ABS Cornering

The entire Multistrada 1260 family is equipped with the Brembo braking system fitted with the ABS 9.1ME Cornering device, an integral part of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP).

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Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution

The Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evolution system has been tweaked even further, with new forks and new sensors.

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Vehicle Hold Control

The ABS that is installed on the new Multistrada 1260 is equipped with the Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) system. When activated, the system keeps the vehicle still by activating the rear brake (and automatically deactivates after 9 seconds if it is not used).

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New TFT instrument panel

The new Multistrada 1260 is equipped with a high visibility LCD instrument panel with a new information display and simplified menu management.

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Sport Riding Mode

Selecting the Sport Riding Mode delivers an adrenaline powered motorcycle, driven by 158 hp with a torque of 129.5 Nm and a sporting setup of suspensions in the S versions.

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Touring Riding Mode

In Touring Riding Mode the maximum power remains of 158 HP, but the engine delivery is softer and more progressive.

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Urban Riding Mode

The power delivery of the Urban Riding Mode is reduced to 100 hp and in the S versions the suspension setting is ideal for easily overcoming frequent urban obstacles

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Enduro Riding Mode

In addition to long journeys on motorways and city traffic, the new Multistrada 1260 also deals brilliantly with dirt roads.

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DVT system

Developed and fine-tuned by Ducati engineers, the DVT system optimizes performance and fluidity of delivery at all end speed levels.

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Displacement and torque

Thanks to its new displacement of 1262 cm3, the new Multistrada 1260 engine sets outstanding new riding and performance standards.

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Exhaust system

In order to achieve the extraordinary performance of the new Multistrada 1260, the exhaust and intake systems were also redesigned. The exhaust has a new pipe design, a new internal layout of the pre-damper and a new silencer, while the air intake inlet area has also been redesigned.

Desmo appeal

The Ducati Testastretta DVT also uses the engine valve timing system that has made Ducati famous throughout the world.

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Request information

Select the model you prefer and contact your nearest dealer for more information on the new Multistrada 1260.