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I am purchasing this weekend a 2016 Pikes Peak. I currently own a 2007 ST3S. I only ride it two-up and had the suspension tuned accordingly with stiffer rear and front springs. It handles like a champ either loaded for touring or sporting. I rarely ride it solo except to take it for service or the gas station. It is too stiff for solo sporting for me.

Having spent plenty of time on a 2010 and 2012 Multistrada (two trips to Europe) I love the Multistrada for all day touring comfort and it's ability to sport when the road lends itself to why we ride a motorcycle in the first place. I have not really had to worry too much about suspension on the two trips. The bikes seemed to handle everything fine.

Now that I am buying one I am concerned about having to make adjustments to the suspension on the Pikes Peak. I would like to ride this one solo every now and then and of course two-up loaded and sporting.

With the Touring-S you obviously have the Skyhook suspension with a push of the button you have the different suspension settings. I have ridden a 2015 DVT with Skyhook and the suspension works really well and I like that feature and I fear I am going to miss one of the key elements of the new Multistradas. My wife loves the look of the Pikes Peak and that is what she wants and who am I to argue. My question to those of you who have a Pikes Peak are you satisfied with one setting or do you manually switch preload for when riding solo, two-up loading or sporting?

Do the Ohlins handle all of your needs or is this a drawback?

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I had the same questions when I bought my bike.. Should I go for the Normal version and save some Euros ? Is it really worth the difference price? As I am not a suspension specialist and I know that not even many dealers know how to tune the suspensions adapted to my weight etc.. I do like the Skyhook adjusted with one button.. The bike really change the behavior.. I use different modes.. City.. Highway.. More sporty rides.. As You I had no intention to do off-road.. I do agree with your wife.. The look of the Pikes it's much better.. I solved the boring look with decals :) they have pikes peak look as well but I decided for this one as I do like red
Maybe for one kind of ride more often sporty the pikes could be better but as I am caring my wife most of the time the Skyhook system it's wroth it.

 

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You don't need skyhook. The standard has amazing stock suspenders. Mine are great for my weight as stock. When I hit the road with bags I tighten rear spring preload 1 turn with the handy knob. Add an lb or 2 of tire pressure and head out. Pavement or dirt. Get the Pikes Peak and make your wife happy :wink2:

I went cheap since I am not into marketing claims and extraneous electronic controls. I need the simplest of gauges, no multimedia and the standard model had everything the bike "really" needed IMO.
 

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If the 2016 PP Ohlins has a mitsubishi suspension ECU them you may be able to get an Ohlins Mechtronic ECU for a swap out , this Mechtronic ECU can be set to be self adjustable , the S model with the mitsubishi ECU is what the pre skyhook models had . If you require more information Search Mechtronic ECU on this forum .
 

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Thanks for the feedback!

I purchased the Pikes Peak today. I will take delivery next week. The dealer needs to put the Urban and Touring Packages on!

I guess I will find out how the manual suspension adjustments work out if needed.
 

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The good thing about the Pikes Peak that makes it better than the Skyhook, is that you can change the springs to match your weight.

If you weigh more than an Italian, you should replace both front and rear springs, especially the rear for 2 up riding.

With my new rear spring I have enough preload adjustment to cover the range from me, to me and my GF with full bags.

The Skyhook is okay, but the Pikes Peak just does it sooo much better.
 

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This is what I had to do with the ST3s. Stiffer Springs. I am sure that I am heavier:frown2: I am going to take delivery on Tuesday, ride it and go from there.

Good news about the Ohlins being better than the Skyhook.

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May I ask approximately how heavy you and your girlfriend are and what springs did you change to?

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225 and 130. One up from stock on the front (PN 04802-70) and the only uprated rear they have (21141-39).
 

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Thanks for sharing your information. We are pretty close in weight, 200 and 140 without gear. So you were unable to get the proper sag with the original springs and these P/N's are Ohlins?
 

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Not even close. You might get it alone, but add a passenger and you'll be sacked out on back.

Mine is set now for my weight at the lowest setting, and with my GF I have to go 14 turns with 2 more turns available for bags.

Have yours set before you order any springs though and see what you get.

Those are the part numbers off my receipt.
 

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Thanks again for all of your information. I looked up the spring numbers and they are Ohlins. I will post my results once sag is checked.
 
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