Ducati MultiStrada 1200

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

  1. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    i think you'd be really happy with a Ohlins shock unit, and i'm not saying that the oem kit isn't good. give Dan Kyle of Kyle Racing a call if you choose to, he's quite the authority when it comes to Ohlins here in the USA.
  2. JNRobert

    JNRobert Breaking Wind

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  3. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    Less than 2000km on mine and I noticed the fluid has gone dark too. I wonder if a full Termi system will help cure the problem :lol3

    And you are right, best damn bike ever, we are riding a classic, from the trellis frame era that Ducati went through often quoted as their golden years of making bikes
    :deal :D
  4. ZLTFUL

    ZLTFUL Optimistic Pessimist

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    I have had my rear brake bled 5 times now.
    Replaced the fluid with the recommended replacement "higher temp" fluid.
    They also replaced the rear line.
    They just replaced the rear master cylinder.

    So far (previously after the bleeds or the line replacement, the rear brake would fully fail within 100 miles), so good. Nice solid pedal feel. No fade.
    I rarely use my rear brake on pavement but favor it in loose gravel or loose dirt.
    Or to hold myself at a light.
    So it isn't like I am over using the rear brakes.

    Apparently, Ducati thought so much of the braking system that the rear MC, line and the entire ABS pump have been replaced on the 2013 bikes.
  5. Flightar

    Flightar Been here awhile

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    The fluid in my 13 started to darken at about 2000 miles give or take a few. Now after 5500 miles it's very dark in both front and rear M/C's but the brakes still work as they did when new. The rear is and always has been a bit shy of strong but it does work. At first it was kind of weird because it was not close to as strong as the rear on my other bikes VFR ABS, YZF 750, etc. But now that I'm used to it, it's a non issue.
  6. pmelby

    pmelby Home Brew Adventurer

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    I just got done flushing the rear brake on my 2010, at 5k miles (2nd season, bought new last fall), due to spongy brake feel and dark fluid. The bleeding is a bit of a pain since you have to remove the caliper and orientate it so that the bleeder is at the highest point. I ended up using the same DOT4 spec fluid as original. I expect that this will be a yearly routine on this bike, at lease it will as long as I keep the OEM pre-muffler/CAT.

    Fantastic bike, wish I had more time for riding and better roads in my area. :cry

    cheers,
    melby
  7. multistraddler

    multistraddler Adventurer

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    5127 posts in this thread?!? Where's the FAQ/executive summary? :)
    Picking up my used 2012 Standard this weekend that I bought from an inmate. Very excited to throw a leg over the beast again.
    Actually, having been a long time admirer of this bike and even longer time rider of the 1st gen, I have a pretty good idea of what to expect. One thing I'm still debating is the DP panniers. Get a set of the stock units or go for some aftermarket hard or soft? When I use the MTS1000 panniers, I stuff them to the gills for a long trip or a run from the grocery, so I'm skeptical that a small set of Pelicans or the like would do me much good. Other than that, put on some heated grips before winter and ride the crap out of it is my game plan.
  8. Sideout

    Sideout Noob Adventurer

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    At roughly 5.5K miles my rear brake pads were also worn out more than the front. It is a bit perplexing. However in my case I commute on my MTS pretty much daily. And cover my rear brake very frequently while I lane "share".

  9. OneTraveller

    OneTraveller Social Reject

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    Amazing bike...go ride it.

    There do seem to be a couple,of minor things on the first gen 1200.

    - the rear brake sucks, get used to it
    - the rider mode stuff really works. But set you suspension sag before playing with it too much.
    - wind noise can be problematic for some. changing windshields, wearing earplugs, and using a high quality helmet can help
    - low rpm engine surging can be cured with an aftermarket pipe and retune.
    - sport mode is hazardous to your license
    - they do fine on gravel roads. You can lower the tire pressure or switch over to TKC 80 tires.
    - your friends will think you are crazy to spend that much on a bike and claim that repair/service costs could make a dent in the national debt.
    - they are all secretly envious


    Enjoy

    Mike
  10. Tripletrouble

    Tripletrouble Farkle addict

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    I finally finished mine this week.
    There is a huge list of added bits but the finishing touch is the look IMHO.
    What do you reckon?
    [​IMG]
  11. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Looks beautiful Triple! Nice work. I'd love to see a list of all the mods, particularly exhaust and crash bars.

    Thx DD
  12. Tripletrouble

    Tripletrouble Farkle addict

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    Thank you.

    As for the mods, no problem, here goes;
    Quat D exhausts system.
    Rizoma parts; reservoirs & brackets, front and rear axle sliders, tail tidy and rear indicators plus front cylinder cambelt cover.
    Titanium calliper bolts.
    SW Motech exhaust guard.
    Most black plastics carbon dipped.
    Super bright LED aux lights with IQ170 controller.
    Switched power supply and fuseblock in the rear seat storage are.
    SW Motech crash bars (if I remember correctly!)
    K&N Airfilter
    Remapped and exhaust servo eliminated.
    Factory Racing clutch slave.
    Palmer products screen frame.
    Seat covers.
    If I remember any more I'll add them here!!
  13. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    :thumb!
  14. Tripletrouble

    Tripletrouble Farkle addict

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    Check out the quality of the finish;
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  15. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Outstanding! (I'm half way there but there are still items in your list that I want for mine...)
  16. patiodadio

    patiodadio Motorcyclist

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    Bravo !!!




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  17. pmelby

    pmelby Home Brew Adventurer

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    Just finished pulling the wheels and levering off the old skins. Surprisingly easy getting the tires off of the wheels, the carcass of the Pirelli's not quite as stiff as the Tourance, etc. The rear was down to the cords after 6k miles and the front was cupped pretty bad. Going with the Pirelli's again as they seemed to work OK. Planning on using dynabeads for balancing.

    [​IMG]

    Had some weeping from the left fork slider so I pulled the dust seals from both and cleaned per the recommendations found in the 'Garage' section. What a great site with a wealth of knowledge.:thumbup

    cheers,
    melby
  18. gkaan

    gkaan Bikes on the Brain

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    I reckon you did an amazing job. Very nice in all aspects....
  19. JNRobert

    JNRobert Breaking Wind

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    I reckon I like it
  20. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Me too.