Ducati MultiStrada 1200

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

  1. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    2 questions.
    1) how many shocks do you get for $4k?
    2) do you shave your legs? :wink:
    I'm pleasently surprised to hear good things about Wilson's. My experience with thier sales manager 6 years ago is a big part or why I don't own a Duc now. He was an older guy named Mike, and he opened a line of credit in my name without my permission after I told him I was going to wait for the 1100s.

    I took a used 1200 for a long test ride up at A&S and am totally smitten. Good to know the local guys might be allright to deal with.
  2. Doug Pirahna

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    I thought you got rid of your Multi for the Guzzi? Did you buy another?
  3. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Well...520 lb (on my scale) is still not what I call light. Maybe if you're Jimmy Lewis...

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  4. Sock Monkey

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    I still have it but it's for sale.

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  5. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    i think it is light when you compare it to the competition which is what I believe Sock's point to be. I've owned a GS, a Stelvio, and believe me, the MTS12 does in fact feel light to those bikes in relative terms. :deal if you want to experience what it's like to own a relatively heavy ADV bike, push a Stelvio, GSA or Tenere around your garage and get back to us. :eek1 :wink:
  6. Sock Monkey

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    Hence my proviso of "compared to others in the class ". :D

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  7. Francisco Enes

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    that's NOT off road! I mean, they are not in a pavement road... but sh*t, i mean that i can do with my v-max!!

    can some one pleas thake a multi to do some OFF ROAD!!:clap

    Please!!

    i can´t take mine because i have super slicks on it........ :p

    just for that... not that i'm scared of breaking anything....
    :evil
  8. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    This is what I'm sayin...
  9. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey Corporate slave

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    These guys did some off road..... :evil

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    http://www.motorcycleinfo.co.uk/index.cfm?fa=contentGeneric.svujwmxokbhbwyoc&pageId=2265143

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  10. Francisco Enes

    Francisco Enes Adventurer

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  11. GSDonovan

    GSDonovan There and back again

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    Dude, search on Google or look through Youtube.
  12. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Why does anyone care? The Multistrada ISN'T an offroad bike, never has been, never will be, was never marketed as one. Doesn't multistrada mean "many roads"? And that to me is paved roads, gravel roads and forestry roads. NOT two track or single track. And yes you can ride any damn bike you care to down any gravel road. I put a lot of gravel miles on my Kawasaki MeanStreak cruiser. Was it enjoyable? Not really. Add a few more inches of suspension travel and all of a sudden that road can be fun. That's the point, not whether the Multi will hang with a WR250 offroad. :huh
  13. joef

    joef Been here awhile

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    Thats exactly what I have been saying, why else would it have a 190 on the rear and a 17" front. Its capable of going offroad to a certain extent but lets face it its a comfortable superbike
  14. marcf

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    Ok, so I'm considering buying a new Multistrada Touring S. I took one for a test ride yesterday. Here's what I found:

    Riding position - awesome
    Seat comfort - not so great but not torture rack either.
    Heat on legs - definitely there
    Engine & suspension (in all settings) - couldn't be better
    Pricing - my kid will have to pay for his own way through college

    The questions:

    Softer, more comfortable seat options? Any recommendations?
    I'm concerned about the electronic suspension crapping out afte the 24 month warranty. Should I go for the manual suspension?
    Lastly, I'd like to run the bike in Urban mode for the softer suspension setting but not handicap it's horsepower. Can this be done? Or, am I stuck with whatever power is assigned to each suspension/ride setting?

    I've ridden a BMW R1200GS since 2005. Also cosidering just buying a new GS and sticking with what's worked for me in the past. Sure would like a lighter and more powerful bike however (ie: the Multi)...

    Thanks for the help.
    Marc
  15. Sock Monkey

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  16. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Been here awhile

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    Marc, let's see if I can help you out.
    Although I like the stock seat, there are other options either through Ducati or Sargent just came out with a new seat.
    I have an S model with the ohlins and that are pretty sweet, also the riding modes make more sense combined with the adjustable suspension. On the other hand, I hear the standard suspension is nice and although I have never tried it, I'm sure it's betteer than I am a rider. If your worried about the suspension either get the standard or get an extended warranty. The adjustable suspension appears to be the future for Ducati with the multistrada and the panigale so I suspect they will get it sorted.
    All the setting in all the modes are customizable so you can canoe between the three engine modes and the traction control settings. I pretty much left them alone except for increasing the traction control in sport mode- mostly to protect me from myself.
    Lastly, if you have the jones for some more power, and what you really want is an upright superbike and you have no aspirations of doing any real dirt then get the multi, a GS just won't cut it.
    :deal
  17. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Im sure others will correct me if I am wrong but Im pretty sure you can set up the suspension any way you please regardless of the mode.
  18. Francisco Enes

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    no one cares... or at least not you and the other...!! Or maybe you care and thas is why you say you don't!

    But thats fine!

    The BMW isn't a OFF Roas bike either... but sh*t! They are out there...

    I had one, it's a fat lady! But you can do a lot of things with it that they aren't suposed to do!

    the duc is better at a lot of them..

    And i sure would like to see someone do crazy stuff with it... that's all!
  19. marcf

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    Gents - thank you for the input to my "potential new buyer" question. Glad to hear the suspension and power modes are not set in stone. I really like the softer setting in Urban mode but would prefer a bit more power. As for the seat, I'm going to look for a local dealer who has a Ducati comfort/deluxe seat in stock to try it out.
    Thanks,
    Marc
  20. Sock Monkey

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    No problem.

    Just to be clear, there are 3 engine settings, 100, 150 LO, and 150 HI. From the factory, Urban and Enduro have 100, Touring has 150 LO, and Sport has 150 HI. However, there's nothing that says you can't set Urban to 150 LO or HI, or go the other way and soften the suspension in Touring or Sport. Combined with DES, it is amazingly configurable.

    One last point: With DES, you get the ability to not only switch "modes" on the fly (just push the magic button, scroll to the mode you want, roll off the throttle and the new mode becomes active), but you can also switch between 4 load settings on the fly (rider only, rider + bags, rider + pillion, and rider + pillion + bags). Of course each of those load settings is totally configurable for preload (in the rear), damping and rebound (front and rear), so you should be able to set it up for any scenario and adjust to changing road conditions and riding style on the fly (sucky road, soften things up, twisties, firm things up, etc). :thumb

    -SM