Ducati MultiStrada 1200

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Paulvt1, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Tillerman

    Tillerman DucDude

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    Yup, I've had that "dummy" message a number of times too. This 21st century key concept scared me from day-one cuz I'm always "misplacing" keys and when I asked them what it would cost to replace it, the dealer told me "DON'T LOOSE IT!" because if it could possibly cost over a $1,000 if we have to replace the whole electronics of the ignition?...

    The worst experience (so far) with this retched key was during the first week I had the bike when I had the 1st flat rear tire. Its nightfall, I'm low on gas and on a dirt backroad out in the sticks with no cellphone coverage, about 30 min. from a service station and 45 min. from home.

    I used the repair kit under the passenger seat to fix the flat and when I was done I put the tools away and seats back on, fired her up and off I went. Twenty minutes later, riding along and heading home, I'm wondering about the key and can't feel it in the pants pocket where I usually put it. I stop by the road and turn the engine off to look for it. Can't find it anywhere on me and also just remember I left the spare red (dead) key back home in my other jacket.

    I figure either I dropped the black (live) key back where I fixed the flat or it "just happened" to get locked-in with the tools. I hold my breath while pushing the starter button because if the black key isn't under the seat she won't start and I'm not sure about the secret bypass code?... Pheeuw! she fires up, so the key is locked-in under the seat! But I'm thinking: "Now, if only I can get back home on what's left in the tank because I can't even open it..." :ricky

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    "Don't worry" they said "It could be worse"
    So I didn't worry and it did get worse!
  2. Tubulchain

    Tubulchain odaat, atgatt

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    Dudes just plunked down all my money for a 2012 touring! Dealer found an unsold one in NYC that he traded a few of his stock for and I will get it early this week. Kid a Christmas! I'm all giggly! :D
  3. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey Corporate slave

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    Congrats!

    I fear for your driving license however.... :wink: :lol3

    -SM
  4. Tubulchain

    Tubulchain odaat, atgatt

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    Already retained a defense attorney!
  5. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    I just picked up a white 2010 MTS S Touring today. 4100 miles. Original tires are still round. Showroom condition w/ top box & Termi & more extras. It was raining pretty hard today so just a short scoot up the road. Tomorrow should be a good day for a real shake down ride.

    I'm very excited & lucky to get it.

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  6. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    Because it probably was (is my guess). The Termi system runs closed loop down low but my guess is that the ECU (and one of the maps for one of the gears) helps improve the fueling (more rich), and the addition of Fat Ducs (only help fueling down low) added more richness to the mix inside of 4k rpm.

    Running an open loop and dyno tuned power commander + auto tune unit is what I'd like to hear more about but I don't think a dual channel auto tune can be run on certain header kits (due to space restrictions related to the bungs). But when I think more about it (and the expense associated with it) I become more happy with how my stock set up runs with a pair of Fat Ducs plugged in.
  7. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey Corporate slave

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    Nice find Ace! :thumb

    It always amazes me that people buy and heavily farkle a bike then sell it with only a few k's on the clock. Bad for them, but good for you! :freaky

    Check back in after your first real date and let us know how she runs. :wink:

    -SM
  8. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    All you MTS1200S owners...did the dealer change your fork oil at the 15K mile service?

    My service manual says it SHOULD be changed (which is reasonable).

    My dealer's service manager says, "no, it's changed every 36 months (no mileage criterion)", which is UNreasonable. By 36 months I'll have 70,000 niles on the bike!

    So...those of you that have had the 15K mile service performed by a dealer: did they change the fork oil?

    Thanks very much for any info. I've typically changed fork oil every 10K miles on the Showa forks on my '92 900SS and '06 Uly.

    --Doc
  9. BACON BOY

    BACON BOY n00b

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    Dealer changed my fork oil @ 15,000 miles.
  10. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    In a word, fabulous! Here are my impressions.

    Took the new Duc out for its maiden voyage under new ownership. ~160 miles.

    First of all the thing deserves a much better pilot than me. It is amazing. It leaps out of corners in sport & touring modes. Gentler in urban & enduro. Gas it in a straightaway and you better be holding on 'cause the power is on right now & keeps on coming.

    I rode it on some of my favorite routes. A couple tight & twisty, one w/ uphill sweepers, coast highway, and a short drone down the highway to get to them. It's ready for any of those. No gravel today.

    The adjustable suspension is pretty cool. In touring mode, the rebound damping is not right for a real bumpy corner. Urban mode was better for that. It's so easy to change the settings on the fly that it doesn't really matter if one setting is not right, just switch it to something else until you hit on the right one. After a while, it'll be easier to pick the right one w/o having to try them all out.

    It was a gorgeous day. A little cool and windy, but clear.

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    The speedo is a bit happy. The manual says its 8% fast by design. Not sure why that is, but it <strike>would be</strike> is pretty easy to go way fast w/o realizing it.

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    The motor vibrates some. Sort of between the 1150 & the 1200. The mirrors shake a lot, but are fairly good if you put your thumb on the edge. Not really able to determine the fact nature of vehicles a ways back, but I would guess that it would be easy to know if the car behind you had its emergency lights on wanting you to pull over, if you know what I mean.

    Fuel consumption is a bit high, but it does have the Termi exhaust & corresponding ECU and it makes a bunch of HP. No free rides, I guess. ~38mpg. Runs richer than Termi stock w/ custom mapping by some race mechanic guy that the previous owner knew. No stumbling off idle. A little burbling in lower mid range on steady throttle, but nothing irritating. The power is amazing. It just pulls and pulls. Passing is a breeze w/ acceleration that'll cause your eyeballs to go out of round. What a hoot!

    Here are some pics from today.

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    I would buy this bike again in a minute. I'm anticipating a long love affair.
  11. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Great looking bike, congrats. What seat do you have on it .
  12. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    That's a Rocky Mayer seat. Too short for me, but okay for today. The guy I bought it from was as inseamed challenged as Don Ho. You know, looks like he's 6 feet tall while standing waist deep in 2 feet of water.

    Ordered an Duc enduro seat. I hope it's not too tall.
  13. Sock Monkey

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    Lookin' good Ace! :clap

    BTW, I'm sure you know this by now, but every "mode" is totally customizable wrt DES settings. Rebound not right in Touring? Change it! Compression not right in Sport? Change it! It'll save your settings so they are bang on each time you enter that mode. Then there are the "gross" adjustments for each mode (rider only, rider w/ bags, rider + passenger, rider + passenger w/ bags). You can click through those pretty quickly so if you find a twisty bit of tarmac and you need to stiffen things up, just click up one notch and she'll stiffen right up. Brilliant! :thumb

    -SM
  14. Tubulchain

    Tubulchain odaat, atgatt

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    Picked up the new Multi today. Titanium Touring model. Was struck by how easy it is to ride. I had it in my head that I was going to be on a bucking bronco, I was wrong. Love being able to switch modes. So nice to have a bike that has some personality. Very big day for me today. Realization of a longtime dream, to own a Ducati. Life is good!

    Super fun ride. Slow and fast! It was really fun just whipping it around at 10mph, so light and solid. Love the sound of those big cans shucking up and down. Wow does it get up and go! Especially in sport!

    Bravo Ducati.
  15. Sock Monkey

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    Congrats! :clap

    They're a blast for sure. That it feels so much smaller and lighter than the other big trailies is just an additional plus. :thumb

    Remember to scrub those new tires in before you go dragging knees....:wink:

    -SM
  16. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    NICE!!! Congrats, enjoy the color choice and hang on the best you can.....remember to give it a good go thru all the gears and make sure to engine brake along the way.....have fun! :clap
  17. wheels

    wheels Practicing to retire

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    Hey Dr. Greg, it might be a good idea to see what Ohlins has to say on the fork oil mileage.
  18. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    I figured out my problem. I wasn't riding it fast enough.

    Much better yesterday when I picked up the speed a tic or two. :thumb
  19. DiasDePlaya

    DiasDePlaya Been here awhile

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    Hello Ducatisti,

    I'm reading in European forums about many people who have bent the shift lever when ride fast. Anyone here did the same?
  20. Sock Monkey

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    Unless the gear change lever has been adjusted WAYYYY down, it's not the first thing to touch down on that side. If you ignore the sparks from your left foot peg, then yes, it's entirely possible to mangle your shifter.... :loco

    -SM