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Old 05-13-2010, 08:56 AM   #1681
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I'll be riding one in about 30min, will share 1st impressions later!!
Hey Bobby,

Are you speechless?



Looking to hear your riding impressions ...

I'm off to see one for the first time tomorrow..
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:26 AM   #1682
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Any reports on gas mileage?
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:02 PM   #1683
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Any reports on gas mileage?
From www.ducati.ms forum:

"At 120 km/h steady speed I could read 17-18 km/l. I drove 130 km today, average speed 73 km/h and it I got the reading 15.8 km/l. This included both active riding and some town."

I suppose after more break in, can only go up from there...
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:41 PM   #1684
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Any reports on gas mileage?
It was mentioned in Austin that, with the bike in 6th(overdrive) and cruising at moderate rpms on the highway, up to 50mpg was possible. I think it entirely reasonable for overall average consumption to be in the low to mid 40s. It will be interesting to see what owners report.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:49 AM   #1685
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One last reminder. Test ride the new Multistrada and all the other Ducati models next weekend.

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Old 05-14-2010, 11:14 AM   #1686
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:00 PM   #1687
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Rode the MTS1200S Touring today - only did 10 miles or so, mostly intown, varying levels of traffic.
I work sales part-time at a local shop that happens to carry Ducatis, so I rode after the owner did.

My first observations (I should get more seat time Saturday afternoon):

Those with large feet (I'm at a size 13) may have an issue with the passenger peg mounts if they ride on the ball of the foot. I was OK until I came to a section of twisties (OK, it's 2 curves in a row - it IS South Florida. ), and I naturally shifted my foot back more on the ball, and ran some interference with the brackets. Not bad, but distracting. And whoever designed that centerstand "arm" that sticks up so high should be flogged. Easy to push the stand down in a corner, without even realizing it.

Clutch seemed to begin grabbing as soon as the lever comes off the bar - took a little getting used to. Might just need a bleed; I hadn't read any comments about that.

Ran through a couple modes - definite differences, especially in the power aspect. I was trying to go easy on the throttle (11 miles on the clocks), and it still started getting light on the front end in first gear.

Seat definitely holds you in 1 place. Seat was comfortable ... for a 15 minute ride. Cannot judge past that, but it was cushier than my Hypermotard S.

First observations. More Saturday.
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Old 05-15-2010, 03:55 PM   #1688
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Well I got to ride a demo today with my wife on back. My dealer in Dallas has a red touring S which is the ride demo and then he has a black touring S, a black S sport and a white touring S. They are all the bikes ridden at the Austin dealers meeting. They all had about 450 miles on them. No discount on them except dropping the shipping cost. Not enough for me but I am sure someone will snag them.

The modes are different but we only got to ride the bike about 30 minutes with an escort lead rider through city streets and a few highway blasts. Plenty of power that is for sure. The Urban, Touring, and Enduro modes made it more difficult to take off from a standstill without a little more throttle. Must be the delay the CPU gives the ride by wire throttle in those modes.

My wife was very comfortable and felt like with the topcase in place she could sit a while. I am 6'1" with a 35" inseam and felt like I was nearing the limit of seat room as I was scooted back up against the passenger seat rise. Not sure a taller seat would help with this or not.

Overall the fit and finish were good.

I do not like the heated grip extension cord setup either. Looks like an after thought patch up job.

And my left heel was pushing on the centerstand tab the entire ride. Cut about an inch off the tang and weld it back on and it would be good.

I have a refundable deposit on a black touring S that is suppose to be here around the first week of June. Still have some deciding to do on this one as I am on the fence.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:49 PM   #1689
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Those with large feet (I'm at a size 13) may have an issue with the passenger peg mounts if they ride on the ball of the foot. I was OK until I came to a section of twisties (OK, it's 2 curves in a row - it IS South Florida. ), and I naturally shifted my foot back more on the ball, and ran some interference with the brackets. Not bad, but distracting.
I had the same issue on my test ride this morning. It's an AMAZING ride otherwise.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:57 PM   #1690
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I got to ride one of them today, More power what I know what to do on the "High performance" setting but a really cool bike none the less.

The ergonomics are excellent, brake a clutch response incredible, very, very nice, the windscreen is kind of a joke but I'm sure somebody will fix that pronto.

The dashboard is also very impressive and really easy to control and understand, years better than the 12GS in terms of intuitive management, even if it offer way to many options, Yes 16 setting is to many setting if you ask me.

The one I try was the super fancy one with ABS and traction control and a bunch of high end components, very beautiful motorcycle (Except for the silly narrow windscreen) with excellent road manners, In my opinion a serious contender (with out counting service charges and other related issues) for all the GS rides that never touch dirt on their machines.

In my case it serves no purpose (I don't need another "Fun bike", I need "Tools") but if I was looking for a comfortable, well design/craft and for sure beautiful motorcycle I buy one in a second.


Ps: I post this same comments on the Road warrior forum since this bike has no "Beast potential"
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:02 AM   #1691
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I too, rode it last Thursday, in Tucson, up to Mt. Lemon, a ski resort and road to match. About 75 miles round trip ride, in Touring mode only. I am 6'4" and at 240 made the bike look 'small'. I ride, Elefants, GSA's, and a 950S. I also felt my past ST4 was the greatest bike I owned. Now, I loved the throttle, totalled control, and perfectly instantaneous in its response. I mostly road in 2, 3 and 4th gears as it is mostly speepers, tho once in awhile I got to 5th and 6th. I wanted to see the torque in 6th and it is all there!
Brakes are like BMWs as the rear is insignificant, and the front works, tho with both (BMW) brakes! Handling was as a Ducati should be, fabulous, not one mistake and smooth as you can imagine.
Handlebars seemed perfect for me, and the windshield in the high position hit me mid shield. Seat to peg was fair and a little sportbike like, a little tighter than I expected. I felt the bike balance was right on, front to rear, it just worked well for me. The rear seat appears larger than the GSA's and has that now infamous 3" lip at the front, which becomes the pilots LUMBAR. You sit in a saddle (really?), and especially with the non sliding material (good), you just don't move!! I least I didn't. It took me all the way to the top to get settled in it, causing some pain to the 'front'. Once I accepted it all, I was able to move side to side and ram myself into that wedge at the rear. I was much more comfortable running down the mountain for some reason and actually enjoyed myself. Now 75 miles and 1.5 hours in the saddle is not enough data, but the seat itself was comfortable as I usually squirm on the GSA all day long.
I found the engine to be perfect, no stumbling, no hesitation anywhere and that smooth delivery and massive power was amazing. I had a blast, and mine is due soon! Yes there are some issues for me, but every bike I've owned has needed personal adjustments and this will be no exception. That's why the aftermarket guys exist!
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:19 AM   #1692
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Hey Bobby,

Are you speechless?



Looking to hear your riding impressions ...

I'm off to see one for the first time tomorrow..
Haha Well I was only able to do so much typing on the Iphone while at the dealer meeting and last week was just on the go 120%, It's noon and I'm still in a fog this Sunday when I should be out riding some dual sport on my G450X (I guess 2 saddle sore 1000's, a day of all things MultiStrada 1200, a MultiStrada launch party and on top of that selling bikes has overwhelmed me a tad)

Power: Tons of it in every mode, yet very manageable. One of the dealer meet bikes was a little snatchy, but the rest were smooth as butter on/off the throttle in any mode or throttle position. Traction control works better then I've experienced on other S model Ducs, and the linearity accomplished with the 11 degree overlap configuration on the 1098 engine was outstanding.

Seat/position was great for me at 6'2"/230 and 34" inseam. Centerstand foot was an issue for me too even at size 11 boots, but could easily be overcome or take the thing off all together. Definitley didn't move around on the seat and they offer a touring seat of the same shaping, but with a better quality foam for the longer hauls.

Windshield performance was better then anticipated, breaks all the blast off your chest so holding on at any speed was no problem and head buffeting was not an issue (with an Arai Profile helmet and ear plugs) on a bike with the stock windshield (I felt buffetting was less on the Multi then say an F800GS w/stock shield). I don't feel it will do much as an all weather protection solution as in cold or wet weather it might not be as effective as a comparabe GS or VStrom or such, but as far as buffetting and stability while on the bike there wasn't any complaint from me. I'm also used to the boxer engine providing some form of leg protection where as on the Multi if you wear a thin riding pant it's going to be flapping and vibrating in the breeze, but not such a bad thing on a hot day either I reckon, but you better have real good pants in the cold and wet weather.

Tire/Wheel selection was great for all the modes but "Enduro" (They should really call that mode "Adventure" or "Dual Sport" as anyone who has ridden in current day Enduro situations knows that definition isn't what it used to be 30 years ago). I felt in the Enduro setting, while power delivery was great, the added suspension ride hieght combined with the softer settings really made the front end a little numb for such a sport oriented 17" front wheel. With a taller wheel the handle bar feedback would be a better feel for me and the softer suspension wouldn't be so prone to encouraging the rider to attempt to over steer, but keep in mind I do a lot of offroad and dual sporting on thumpers and HP2 (with all sorts of tire/wheel combinations) so I might be a little more critical in this regard. Also of note,....on the S versions with DES (Ducati Electric Suspension adjustment), you have the ability to custom tailor each mode in regards to traction control settings (amount of intervention), rebound/compression settings (front and rear independantly) and pre-load settings (again front and rear independantly) and this would probably made a big difference for me had I had the opportunity to play with it more, but that's advanced MTS12 tuning 101 time I haven't had yet.

Fuel mileage in the foothills of Austin hill country averaged around 43mpg according to onboard computer with flogging the throttle every chance we got (within reason).

Maintenance wise this Multi is right in the hunt for most economic as it doesn't require a valve adjustment until 15k miles. This is due to the 11 degree cam overlap which allows the valves to move at a much slower speed which increases seat and valve train service life. Still need to keep up on timing belt replacement every 2 years, so if you don't ride much that can make service costs a tad more, but if you're averaging 10-12k a year this bike costs no more to own then a GS, VStrom, Ulysses, etc.

It won't replace my GS Adventure or HP2 Enduro, but it could replace a Megamoto very easily and it's a great Sport touring machine with a much more standard/dual sport riding position. I'd jump on this before an ST3, VFR, R1100S, etc to make a back road adventure trip in a heart beat.
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:56 AM   #1693
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For those who saw all 3 colors in person

Some have seen all 3 colors on the new Multistrada

What is your opinion? Is the Red really the nicest or do you like the white better?
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:13 PM   #1694
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Some have seen all 3 colors on the new Multistrada

What is your opinion? Is the Red really the nicest or do you like the white better?
Black, Red, White in that order.

And let me be the first "Black is fastest !"

The demo I rode was red. Looks very nice in person.
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:38 PM   #1695
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Were I to get one, I'd go for either white or black.

The bike looks really mean in black, but the white is a deep, pearlescent paint which looks very nice.
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