Toys of Summer: Peak Performer
Riding a specially equipped Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, American Greg Tracy ascended a steep and treacherous course of patchwork tarmac and unpaved terrain to win last year’s annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds. The new Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition commemorates Tracy’s victorious trek to the 14,110-foot summit.
Like the standard Multistrada 1200 S—multi strada is Italian for "many roads," a reference to the bike’s being suited to both track and off-road riding—the Pikes Peak version features a superbike-sourced engine and electronic suspension and traction control systems. But Ducati added a few visual nods to Tracy’s race-winning bike, including a black anodized engine guard and red pinstriped wheels and footpeg hangers. Ducati also gave the Pikes Peak bike a low-rising carbon-fiber windscreen and a carbon-fiber front mudguard, and accented the seat with red stitching.
Ducati’s Pikes Peak Multistrada is priced at about $22,000, and at press time it was slated for delivery in June—the same month Tracy was scheduled to defend his title at this year’s Race to the Clouds.