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Old 09-11-2010, 10:07 AM   #1966
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When you are just cruising around town or commuting your gonna be in that 3-4k rpm range. This is not a 1198 superbike. The problem is real and very annoying to most riders.
If the motor isn't happy at that range, why not just change your shift points so you aren't in that range?
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:52 PM   #1967
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If the motor isn't happy at that range, why not just change your shift points so you aren't in that range?
Shift points has nothing to do with the issue. Its steady cruising speeds that are annoying. I dont know about you, but if I dropped it down a gear and cruised the bike at 5,000rpms instead of 3,500 the vibes would be very uncomfortable. If you drive the bike like an 1198s you'll never even notice the issue. In my case and as reported by others, the Termi full exhaust fixes the problem so the whole this is a moot point except for the cost of the Termi Ouch!!!!!
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:21 PM   #1968
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Shift points aren't the issue. If the engine is not happy in a range where I'm happy, why should I change? Makes no sense at all. Some guys here just have to accept that the MS might be a good bike, but it's neither good at everything nor good for everybody.

Let's put it that way: for my taste and riding style the chassis is one of the best out there while in the same context the engine is not even mid-range. Put a Triumph Triple in that chassis and I'll sell my GS.
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:57 PM   #1969
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:13 PM   #1970
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:26 PM   #1971
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Couple of Questions

1) Are bar risers available? If so, did it require new longer cables.
2) When are the revised luggage and center stand going to become available?
3) Are dealers are discounting this bike, or are people paying msrp?
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:31 PM   #1972
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I had absolutely the same impression. It felt awkward and jerky below 3.5k rpm happy only from 4.5k up. As my riding style is completely different from what this bike wanted from me, I was incredibly happy to be back on my F800GS I had at that time. Much smoother and much more happy in that rev range. Much less capable on the road though, granted. But I just didn't care for the engine.

Curious what performance mode were you in while cruising at 3.5K?

Around town and low rpms are probably best suited for enduro mode.

5k and above are probably best suited for sport and touring.

Sport or touring mode in traffic low rpm is probably like driving an F1 car in a parade or taking John Forces funny car for a Sunday drive.


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As my riding style is completely different from what this bike wanted from me
Nothing wrong with that. Some people like chicken some like beef.
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:53 PM   #1973
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I just finished the first distance ride on my MS1200. Not a big one 800 miles; (24 hours), and just wanted to share that I have never experienced any of the problems and assessment people have been posting). The bike just turned 2K. The wind screen work best when in the lowest position; (Im 6'-3"), having a good helmets and ear plugs for the noise, the air is clean, I did not feel any real turbulence except in traffic at middle speeds. No issues what so ever with engine surging, keeping it in the right gear does wonders. The seat gets unconformable, but what seat doesn't "stock".
What could be a problem is that the bike settles in at 90 mph in either sport of touring, but so does traffic out west in the left lane! To be legal you really need to be in a lower gear.
The panniers are disappointing but work, you have to be careful not to catch a boot as the finish mars and scratches very easily, and they are not watertight.
This is the first bike I've had in a long time that I am drawn to ride it for any reason. Great fun!
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:43 PM   #1974
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Curious what performance mode were you in while cruising at 3.5K?
I tried Urban and Touring. Urban was a bit better, but not good. Touring was abysmal.

That being sad: The Ducati dealership were I was test riding is known for ripping of customers, quoting service with up to 50% more time than what Ducati says and giving an overall really bad experience.

Might have something to do with that they really have no idea what they are doing when setting up a new bike.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:05 AM   #1975
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I tried Urban and Touring. Urban was a bit better, but not good. Touring was abysmal.

That being sad: The Ducati dealership were I was test riding is known for ripping of customers, quoting service with up to 50% more time than what Ducati says and giving an overall really bad experience.

Might have something to do with that they really have no idea what they are doing when setting up a new bike.
Sounds like the KTM dealer out here!!!
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:07 AM   #1977
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My thoughts on the 1200 Multistrada

It's SO MUCH FUN, not perfect but a real laugh.

I like sports bikes (had 5 other Ducati's, thrashed all over Europe on a 996R and a 996SPS) and love dirt bikes, several trips to Africa on stuff like my XR650R.

Briefly owned a BM GS, comfy but boring, KTM 950 Adventure, by far the best big dual sport bike for me, but still used my XR650R for most dirt trips.

The Multistrada is a pretty crap dirt bike, capable of easy forest roads but limited by not being able to get decent dual sport tyres, the 17" front wheel and the fear of thrashing so much moneys worth of bike off road. The panniers are not brilliant because they leak.

Other than that the bike is a riot, best described as a comfortable holigan machine, the slight surging doesn't bother me, it's comfy enough for 400 miles/10 hours riding, handles well enough to live with sports bikes, comfy enough to travel, and fast enough to make me laugh like a mad man. It looks good, unlike a BM GS or even a 950 Adv.

My best mate, fellow dirt rider cum Ducati/R1 owner described it as his favourite bike.

If I had the money I'd have kept the 950 Adv as well but sure as hell no regrets about spending a bucket full of money on the Multi. If i could only have one bike it probably would be a 950 Adv, but as it is the Multi plus a dirt bike does it for me.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:13 AM   #1978
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It's SO MUCH FUN, not perfect but a real laugh.

I like sports bikes (had 5 other Ducati's, thrashed all over Europe on a 996R and a 996SPS) and love dirt bikes, several trips to Africa on stuff like my XR650R.

Briefly owned a BM GS, comfy but boring, KTM 950 Adventure, by far the best big dual sport bike for me, but still used my XR650R for most dirt trips.

The Multistrada is a pretty crap dirt bike, capable of easy forest roads but limited by not being able to get decent dual sport tyres, the 17" wheel and the fear of thrashing so much moneys worth of bike. The panniers are not brilliant because they leak.

Other than that the bike is a riot, best described as a comfortable holigan machine, the slight surging doesn't bother me, it's comfy enough for 400 miles/10 hours riding, handles well enough to live with sports bikes, comfy enough to travel, and fast enough to make me laugh like a mad man. It looks good, unlike a BM GS or even a 950 Adv.

My best mate, fellow dirt rider cum Ducati/R1 owner described it as his favourite bike.

If I had the money I'd have kept the 950 Adv as well but sure as hell no regrets about spending a bucket full of money on the Multi. If i could only have one bike it probably would be a 950 Adv, but as it is the Multi plus a dirt bike does it for me.

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Old 09-15-2010, 08:29 AM   #1979
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Divine intervention, a Ducati with mirrors that work, whatever next?
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