Ducati MultiStrada 1200

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

  1. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    So I installed the Power Commander V and O2 optimizer I bought from Pampero over the last few days.

    Summary:

    It's a huge amount of work to install on the MTS. You have to tear just about the whole bike apart - all fairings off, tank off, at least lift the airbox (collossal PIA by the way) then plug in the PCV to all connections (TPS, coils, injectors (the hardest connections to make because the connections for the injectors are buried under the airbox) the o2 sensors (if doing the optimizer), etc, etc.). It's a lot of work, but if you are careful and take your time it's simple, just a lot of parts everywhere.

    I noticed an improvement right away. My bike has never stuttered or flat spotted too badly (before this I would have said not at all because it's so much better than my VStrom was) but after setting the PCV up to work with the o2 optimizer I notice the power is really smoooooottthh and the bike is easier to ride, especially at lower speeds. It tends to be less sensitive to throttle on/off in 1st and 2nd gear around town in touring mode. On the throttle it pulls like hell. It always did but "seems" to be even stronger. Of course a lot of this is subjective so maybe it's all in my head!

    Anyway, I am glad I did it and big thanks to Pompero who is just a great guy and a pleasure to deal with!

    thx, DD
  2. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    I'm glad it worked out, D. The installation put me off, I can tell you!
    I'm still on the fence but considering the Tune Boy option.

    You were mighty fine to deal with yourself. As you said, you meet the nicest people on a Ducati! See you in Victoria over Labour Day weekend! Did you use the resident map?
  3. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Thanks Pampero! Resident map? I'll have to go back and look through the emails to refresh my memory... Gettin' old.

    D
  4. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    resident map = programming already on the PC
  5. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Ahhh - thx Bigziff.

    Pampero - no, I tried it but it actually had a stutter in 2nd gear so I loaded the Dynojet stock map and configured it for the o2 analyzer (by putting 8s in the closed loop area of the map under 5250 RPM)

    Now I need to do 2 things, all suggestions/help welcome:

    1. Adjust it for a K&N Filter. I have the stock exhaust (for now) but put a K&N in as soon as I got the bike. Not sure exactly what to change - reading up on it but anyone who has any advice is appreciated

    2. Ask Dynojet about the o2 analyzer. I see it is no longer available on their website for the MTS1200 (it is for the 848 but not the Multi...). I'd like to know why. The o2 analyzer aims for an AFR of 13.6 which a good (and very smart) friend suggests is too rich and may damage my catalytic converter. I'm not sure so am planning to call Dynojet. Again, any advice is welcome.

    ride safe guys,

    DD
  6. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Been out of town and without access. Sorry, can't help with the O2 sensor question, but I would think the K&N would not be a major change despite the advertising to the contrary. At a certain point getting the AF ratios spot on requires some dyno work or you'll be just guessing. My bike actually runs a bit rich below 4000 RPM based on the measured run we did. I know that flies in the face of convention, but that's what the measurements came back as. I've already posted the run here so won't do it again, but getting the Af ratios dialed really is a job for the dyno. It's one of the reasons I decided to let sleeping dogs lie and not go forward with a PCV.
  7. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    I agree Pampero, I think that's the only way to really be sure. Maybe I'll ride down to where you are and have it done there... I ink I read the shop who did yours was great?!

    D
  8. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Two Wheel Dyno Works


    Certified for PC, excellent and reasonable. If you make an appointment, let me know and I'll see if I can't meet you there. PM me if you need a place to stay.
  9. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Spam..... But anyone need a Backrest for the MTS???

    PM me
  10. robxxx

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    I'm looking to buy a Multi in the next few months, but, I need to get the width down to 900mm or less. Have any of you guys changed the bars for narrower ones?
  11. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    I haven't done it and unless you have a specific issue (if I recall, you might have had access problems squeezing the bike into a confined space?) I don't reckon it's a very common modification, but it can be accomplished. Check with Pro Taper or Renthal to see what they have that might work. Here's a link to Andy W's page showing a bar replacement.

    And some instructions on the process.



    You'll find your answer in the link.
  12. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Been here awhile

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    just cut the stock bars down to the size you need

    I didn't do it (I like the wide bars) but its been done
  13. robxxx

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    Looks like you can only trim about 1" off each side as a max, otherwise the controls foul the tank and the screen.

    Thanks Pampero, I spotted a link to that on a multistrada forum. And yes I do have an access problem.
  14. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    I don't know as it hasn't been an issue raised before, but perhaps a combination of bar choice, risers, bend, and judicious screen choice might yield the results you seek. Or, a chisel taken to the fence post at just the right spot? That would be the easiest solution!:evil
  15. robxxx

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    I wish it was that simple. Its a passageway between two terraced houses. So twenty odd feet of brickwork to deal with. My neighbors might have something to say if i start chopping bricks out!
  16. deWog

    deWog Been here awhile

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    Hmmm......even if you did get those bars down to the requisite length, it's going to be a bitch fight from hell trying to manouvre the Multi down that access with you and the bike abreast....might want to rethink the whole parking situation....chain to a pole and use a bike cover perhaps....?
  17. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    A Pikes Peak style screen might help with the control interference issues. Some people prefer them anyway though it compromises wind protection.
  18. robxxx

    robxxx Adventurer

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    My Triumph Tiger fits down a treat but with a little room to spare, and with all due respect I don't want to be leaving a £15+K bike on the street, even if it is covered and locked. If I had my way I would park it in the front room.
  19. zvez

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    fyi, the 13 GT has one inch spacers on the handlebars, using those might raise them allowing you to cut a bit more off the ends of the bars??

  20. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    True, but might require lengthening cables