Heading up a stretch of dirt that looks more like a chunk of the Baja 1000 with 145 horsepower and street tires, I'm about to drop a load of something else. In Pikes Peak trim, the Multistrada sits noticeably lower than stock. It spins up enthusiastically as well, trailing a plume of dust, rocks and Desmoquattro audio to entertain the free-range tarantulas. Paul Thede's suspension setup proves firm doesn't have to mean harsh, keeping both wheels on the broken pavement that makes the Bridgestones and me much more comfortable at the bottom of the trail. A whiff of throttle above 4000 rpm in second lifts the front one helmet-high, but you get used to that. Dynojet cured the stock bike's 3000-rpm indigestion. Long story short, it's everything we loved about the Multistrada without the stuff we didn't. And a whole lot of fun, which is what Faulkner Livingston Racing is all about.