Ducati MultiStrada 1200

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

  1. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey Corporate slave

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    I would only "respect" their opinions if those riders rode Mutleys off-road. Otherwise, they're just blowing hot air. I've ridden mine on dirt/gravel roads just like the ones you'll find up in AK (minus the nasty, snotty calcium chloride muck that forms when it rains) and it does just fine. The suspension is certainly up to the task, as is the power delivery of the motor (in 100HP mode :evil ). Now that some real knobs for the wheels are available, I just don't see their cries of doom and gloom. :dunno Keep in mind that my background is dirt, not street, so maybe these prognosticators of doom that you're listening to are primarily tarmac guys. Just sayin'.....:deal

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  2. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    I agree. But then again, I learned to ride on dirt first which I find easier than riding on pavement. Pavement, when riding on the edge may be unforgiven, while on dirt it is not. But I digress.
  3. Hap Hazard

    Hap Hazard Adv Want a B

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    Again, thanks Sock Monkey. They are all BMW GS riders as I was. I have no intention of taking the MS where I took the 1200. Hindsight shows I shouldn't have taken the GS there either. Both bike and I have the scars to prove it.

    So, decision made.

    Now come the farkles! What suggestion for bash plate and engine guards, etc. I plan on the touring model, although tempted to wait for the GT. For the Alaska trip I may replace the Ducati panniers with my existing TT ZegaPros. Won't look as sharp but they come pre-scratched.
  4. NMEXPAT

    NMEXPAT Been here awhile

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    Thanks for this post! One of the most helpfull ever. I'm going to contact Dan about the ohlins shock and other Ohlins offerings now available for the MTS!

    Really appreciate it.
  5. Sock Monkey

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    No worries HH. :freaky

    I have the SW Motech header guard with stock bash plate. The stock plate(s) are pretty thick, but if you plan on smashing through rock gardens, you'll want something more appropriate for that kind of abuse.

    Re. engine bars, I've heard the Alt Riders have an attach point at the radiator that puts stress there in a crash, and a tip-over with them that would normally not even touch the rad has been shown to tweak it. As a result, I'd shy away from them and go with the DP bars (since you're getting a '13 there's no worries about them fitting....they won't fit my '10 :bluduh ) or the SW Motech bars. And yes yes yes, remove the Ducati side cases and put something more robust on there for serious off-road work. The Ducati cases look great, but won't take the abuse and will look like total shite in no time with a few drops (assuming they stay attached to the bike :shog ). My plan was to go with SW Motech pannier mounts and then just use my Wolfman Expedition Dry bags using the little ring adapters that Wolfman sells. I prefer soft bags when pounding offroad and the Wolfman gear works great on my WRR. A set of RG case savers is also a good idea (particularly the left side to protect the water pump!), and IMO it's mandatory to do something about the hand guards. I went a little nuts there and replaced mine with Touratechs, then got the DP mirrors with integrated turn signals. Expensive solution, but it looked better to my eye than bolting Barkbusters in front of the stock hand guards (which is by far your most economical solution). Do yourself a favor and get a FendaExtenda (or make your own mud flap out of any bit of plastic you can find) before heading to Alaska. Keeping 10 lbs of muck off the front cylinder, header, etc., is worth a little "agricultural" look to the bike. :lol3



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  6. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Have you got pictures of this some where?
  7. Sock Monkey

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    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    I was wanting a Super Tenere, but, after checking out the new Multistrada 1200S with the Skyhook suspension, I must say, I'm in love and this is a motorcycle that I now desire.

    The price is a bit steep. I was wondering form those of you who own one, is it worth it? :ear
  10. JNRobert

    JNRobert Breaking Wind

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    :tb :thumb
  11. Hap Hazard

    Hap Hazard Adv Want a B

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    Sock Monkey is a wealth of information. Thanks to him for sharing. I would not have thought of RG Case guards.

    As to panniers I'm probably going to mount my TT Zegas when off road. But I'm looking at the new Kriega set up also.
  12. spartanman

    spartanman regret minimizer

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    I have a 2010 Sport with the Ohlins. Awesome machine. Light, fast, agile, comfortable, FUN. Expensive, yes, but none of the bikes in the 1200 adventure class are cheap.
  13. Sock Monkey

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    This is a great question. Let's dissect the competition and see where we end up.....:evil

    Tenere and Tiger Ex are about $15k MSRP. BMW GS is about $16k. If you want the full monty MTS12, that means Ohlins/Skysnorfle, ie. DES (Ducati Electronic Suspension). MSRP is $20k. Go price E-Ohlins....oh wait, you can't. Last I checked, they don't sell the TTX E-suspenders over-the-counter. The closest you can come is plain Jane TTX (yawn), and the full front/rear combo will run you around $4k. Woops. That's got the BMW at $20k already. Let's see.....what "value" do you put on 150HP? How much dickin' can you do with any of the others to reach that? $2k? $4k? And weight. 420lbs dry (about 500 road ready). How much sh*t do you have to pull off these other bikes to reach that? Tenere? Forget it, never happen. TigEx? Again, never happen. BMW? It could come close with an aftermarket can, but not sure anything else can come off. Toss in slipper clutch, ABS, riding modes, all integrated together in a cohesive package, and just from a pure economics standpoint, the Ducati is no more expensive than the others when similarly equipped, and may even be less. Don't want the spendy boingers? Fine, get the standard for $17k.

    Bottom line, IMO, is there are 3 things people always want to change on their bike at some point. 1) more power. 2) better suspension. 3) less weight. The Ducati MTS12 w/ DES is already as good as it gets in all of these areas. Buy it and ride the wheels off it.

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  14. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    Jub Jub, you should buy Sock Monkey's MTS12s...it's still for sale! :deal

    As for the Ohlins TTX ESA for the GS, i believe the kit to be much closer to $3,200 than $4k unless we're speaking about two different ESA type kits. Just to be clear of course. :D
  15. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    Or, Jub Jub, you can jump ahead one bike and get the Super Tenere. I owned the Multi12 for 13 months and now enjoying the Super Tenere.

    Or, you can jump ahead another notch and take a look at the Moto Guzzi Stelvio, even heavier than the Super Tenere but brings lots of great riding, especially if you like DIY like I do. Nothing ever breaks on the Super T, so you may get bored in that respect.

    The Multi12 will have less wind protection and go lots faster, hmmm. Your will power will be tested every ride. :evil :rofl
  16. -GREG-

    -GREG- Been here awhile

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    Best bike I've ever owned. Character, charm, muscle, and it's super comfy. I've done it all on my bike. She has a wide range of talents. From trackdays to 1k+ mile days she's never disappointed.

    These are all my pics. Hope my experience helps you decide if this it the bike for you.


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  17. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    So what brought you over to the dark side? Let me guess, expanding gas tank?
  18. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    The looks of the bike would sell me alone. This will be a tough decision.
  19. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    And having visited Greg in his native environment (hey, us Multi-owning "Gregs" stick together) I can attest that those pics of his are all for real!

    Yeah, I wish the MTS1200S were a little lighter, and a little lower, but---after riding pretty much all the competition---it is still my top choice in this genre.

    --Doc
  20. Sock Monkey

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    You are likely correct. I only priced the kit with forks/mono-shock, not the BMW kit, which is essentially 2 mono-shocks and is likely cheaper as you say. Still, you'll be at $20k+ with the BMW and never get close to the performance of the Multi, so I stand by my somewhat-tongue-in-cheek commentary..... :lol3

    -SM