Ducati MultiStrada 1200

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  1. Sideout

    Sideout Noob Adventurer

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    Ride report please.
    Any reliability issues during the 12K miles?
    Major props by the way. :clap
  2. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Thats dead sexy!! :freaky
  3. stino

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    The rims on your granturismo 2013 are original ?
  4. duckman44

    duckman44 Been here awhile

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    They are original.
    They look great with the just a touch of red.
    I changed out three sets of tires on my trip and not one scratch on them.
  5. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    What kind and size tires are those? Do you like them?
  6. duckman44

    duckman44 Been here awhile

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    The tires are Continental Twinduro (TKC)
    The front is a 120/70/17 and the rear is a 180/55/17
    I only had them on for about 1500 miles while in Alaska.
    They are soft and wear rapidly with the massive power of the MTS.
    I would not expect more than 3-4k miles from them if I had left them on.
    I switched back to Angel GT's for the ride back to NY.
    I went as far as Coldfoot and they performed perfectly.
    I don't think you could find a better tire for offroad in a 17" size.
    On road manners were good. Cornering was much better than expected.If pushed hard, they would squirm slightly. They saved the day more than once in the slippery Calcium that is sprayed on the roads up that way. I did drop the pressure somewhat when the mud got deep.
    As a bonus, they grab much attention and started many conversations.
  7. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    Thank you for this,

    My bike runs the sames sizes and I am considering a second set of wheels with proper tires for real DS rides.

    I'll look these up. Thread wear not so much an issue since I would removed them after the rides.
  8. PK01

    PK01 MTS 1200

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    Do you have pics and a story about this adventure? Sounds interesting. (Acutally, I was refering to the ride to the artic circle....got the wrong quote!)
  9. duckman44

    duckman44 Been here awhile

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    I do have pictures and stories.
    Not as many pics as I should have though.
    When you travel by yourself, stopping for pics seems to be the last thing on your mind. I was just having such a fantastic time and enjoying the ride and bike that I didn't want to ruin it by stopping. If I get my act together and start posting the ride report, I will return here with a link.
    I want to sing the praises of the Multi and how flawless it performed.

    A few more pics for the road. I figure that they have the Multi in them so it's not so much of a rule breaker posting here.:huh

    The last picture is one from my return trip back to NY.
    I always wanted to ride up Pikes Peak so I took a little side trip there.
    The bike ran great but I did have to bleed the clutch at 14,000 feet.:eek1
    Must have had a little air in the system. All was well after I started going down.

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  10. PAFarkle

    PAFarkle Been here awhile

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    Just got a set of TKC80s mounted today. I now have a second set of wheels so I can rotate with street tires. Going on a ride out of state tomorrow till sunday. Hoping to get the TKC80s on next weekend and give them a try. Cant wait to have a go with them in some dirt.
  11. Shizoku

    Shizoku Been here awhile

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    Did you have the tires shipped to Fairbanks? Who did the tire change? Did they have the wheel socket to remove your wheel...or did you take yours?
    Have you had the 'DSS Error" msg yet?
    2013 MTS GT here, 8K on the clock, 'DSS Error' at 6.5K, Pro Italia told me it effects all the 2013's, but maybe just the GT's. It is an malfunction of the rear DSS sensor sending data to the Skyhook Suspension setup. Cause is the way the cables were routed at the factory. Too tight and at full suspension extention, the cable pulls on the sensor, ruining it.
    Warranty covered mine with new sensor, cables, and a reroute...now all is fine again.
    Headed to Alaska next July.
    I'd be interested in your experiences...
    Dave in Valencia
  12. kma_jg

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    Looks cool. We need dirty pics!!


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  13. oscar35

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    Thinking of getting a Multi, but not sure about maintance on these things. Dealer said every 15000 for belts and valve adjust and fluids at about $1000 for this service. This really seems excessive, but then I'm use to jap bikes basically just ride them. Although I should be able to do most of the things myself. And how are they 2 up riding for moderate distance say 4 to 6 hours trips.
  14. duckman44

    duckman44 Been here awhile

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    No real muddy shots.
    This does show that nasty calcium crap that Alaska spreads all over the roads.
    It is like concrete to wash off.

    I am very glad that I put the header and head guards on before the trip.

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  15. zvez

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    The 15k service is pretty labor intensive on the 4 valve ducs. The service intervals have gradually lengthened over the years. The cost of the service varies pretty widely with labor rates etc. I think the 15k service at the shop I go to will probably be around 800. You can also reduce the cost of the service by doing a lot of the stuff yourself, ie, bring the bike in have them do belts and valves only (and coolant change since coolant has to be drained to do the valves.). That's probably around 5hrs labor or thereabouts.

    Belts are pretty easy to change, valves are a little bit trickier on the 4 val.


  16. marret

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    What brand head cover did you buy and are you happy with it? I have an altrider header guard.

    Thanks.
  17. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    If you get the 15K done at most Ducati dealerships, that is what it is going to cost you, plus or minus and there is no way around it if you plan to have the bike serviced professionally by the book. If that's a major factor, so be it.

    As for two up riding, although I do very little of that myself, most passengers report good comfort and security on the Multi. The bike certainly has all the power you need and more, and the handling and gross weight allowances are all well within practical ranges. Most owners who use the bikes two up report very satisfying experiences; that is not at issue.

    The easiest way to satisfy yourself is to bring your SO on a test ride. Cost of ownership is higher than a Japanese bike, but so is the riding experience. There's no way to argue that compromise out of the picture for the owner who doesn't do his own services, and even for those who do to some extent. Parts costs are higher as a rule too. It's an exotic, and while that's no excuse, it is a fact to consider. Most of us owners feel the overall experience is worth it.
  18. duckman44

    duckman44 Been here awhile

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    I did my tire change at Adventure Cycle in Fairbanks.
    Dan is a great guy. He had the tools needed for the Ducati but I had my own with me.
    He has done quite a few Multi's and was very familier with them. I would not travel without the tools though. I was prepared to remove them myself if needed and practiced at home removing both before I left.
    I shipped my tires to dan about a month before. I got a smoking deal on them from Chapparel. Good thing because he did not have my size in stock.

    No DSS errors ever. 13,000 miles and not one blip. I have had 3 sets of tires and did not see any bad routing of cables or wires. I had mud so thick I had to chip it off with a screwdriver.I am very happy with the reliability of this great machine.
    I removed the TKC's in Anchorage at "The Motorcycle Shop". These guys treated me great and got me in quickly for a 7500 mile service and tire change.
    I ordered my tires from Alaska Leather during my time at D2D. I picked them up and took them to The shop for installation. The guys at "The Motorcycle Shop even took me to pick up the tires. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience at either place. Barb at Alaska Leather was a great person to deal with also.
  19. duckman44

    duckman44 Been here awhile

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    I bought the guard from Ebay. I think the guy makes them himself. He cuts them anyway you want. Plain,slotted,Ducati or Multi jet cut into them. Any finish also. They are great quality. $56 and $20 to ship from the UK.
    His seller name is Lambertro. He does state that they fit with the Altrider header guard. It fit perfect and I would not run without it. Look at the crap it stopped from smashing into the head.
    The motor did run a little warmer with the header and head guard. It was not a problem except for a few times in 2+ hour traffic jams. Temp stayed at 215-219 degrees while creeping along.
  20. marret

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    Thanks for all the info. I was wondering if it would run a little hotter. After we return to the US I plan to make a trip to Alaska and would like to add a head guard to the altrider header guard I have exactly due to all the crap you mentioned.