The Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak is one lively and exciting motorcycle. It can get really fast in the blink of an eye. The most impressive aspect of this machine is its ability to stay calm when needed, thanks to the tractable motor. But there’s very little motivation to do this and that’s reasonable. Because the serious acceleration and the surge in grunt makes the experience an addictive affair. The bike zips up beyond illegal speed limits in no time and can comfortably stay there for long, if your heart lets you do that. But the shorter windscreen doesn’t take care of the wind that blasts your way. Plus, the blacked-out carbon fibre windscreen hampers vision considerably.
In the corners, the bike is willing to give in more. The credit also goes to the Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres. These are really good and sticky tyres. The Ohlins setup is nice and plush. It eats up the bumps and potholes, even the big ones without any drama. As expected, the Brembo M50s performed really well. The bite and feel are just right for this 229kg bike.
To sum it up, the 1260 Pikes Peak has an explosive engine, precise handling, excellent brakes and comfortable suspension. This sounds like a complete package right? Well, it does, but the pricing makes it unreachable for most people. But it’s a Pikes Peak. So it is not for everyone. It’s only for those who wants to stand out, and be admired and looked upon.