Ducati MultiStrada 1200

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

  1. jcwalsh

    jcwalsh Adventurer

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    I would offer that once a personal opinion is willingly posted on an open forum it is open for discussion, clarification and more than often, opposing views.

    Please also understand that personally I appreciate both sides and every back and forth helps me get closer to justifying the purchase of either a new MTS or GSA. I just spoke with our local dealership and the demo MTS arrived yesterday and should be available for me on Tuesday. I will then give my own personal opinion and everyone else can pound sand.:evil
  2. fixinbones

    fixinbones Tarmac Adventurer

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    When you are just cruising around town or commuting your gonna be in that 3-4k rpm range. This is not a 1198 superbike. The problem is real and very annoying to most riders.
  3. cug

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    Actually, that's now getting into wording / language questions and hair splitting. You can discuss my opinion you can oppose it, but it is not open for discussion. It's my opinion, not yours. You can discuss a topic expressed by my and your opinion with me though and you can have as many opposing views as you want. But you can't take my opinion or my taste away.
  4. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    +1

    It's cug's opinion and that is his and his only. That's why there are lots of different bikes out there with different people buying them. Otherwise there would be just one bike for everyone.

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  5. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    I am 5-9. Note that I installed the Laminar Lip on the stock windscreen, not a "higher" one. If confronted with a strong headwind, I raise the whole setup up to the highest position; otherwise I have it at the lowest position.

    I'm not a fan of big windscreens, and the stocker + LL is perfect for me.

    --Doc
  6. klebs01

    klebs01 Been here awhile

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    If the motor isn't happy at that range, why not just change your shift points so you aren't in that range?
  7. fixinbones

    fixinbones Tarmac Adventurer

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    Shift points has nothing to do with the issue. Its steady cruising speeds that are annoying. I dont know about you, but if I dropped it down a gear and cruised the bike at 5,000rpms instead of 3,500 the vibes would be very uncomfortable. If you drive the bike like an 1198s you'll never even notice the issue. In my case and as reported by others, the Termi full exhaust fixes the problem so the whole this is a moot point except for the cost of the Termi Ouch!!!!!
  8. cug

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    Shift points aren't the issue. If the engine is not happy in a range where I'm happy, why should I change? Makes no sense at all. Some guys here just have to accept that the MS might be a good bike, but it's neither good at everything nor good for everybody.

    Let's put it that way: for my taste and riding style the chassis is one of the best out there while in the same context the engine is not even mid-range. Put a Triumph Triple in that chassis and I'll sell my GS.
  9. JayD

    JayD Been here awhile

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  10. cug

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  11. Yehaman

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    1) Are bar risers available? If so, did it require new longer cables.
    2) When are the revised luggage and center stand going to become available?
    3) Are dealers are discounting this bike, or are people paying msrp?
  12. scooteraug02

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    Curious what performance mode were you in while cruising at 3.5K?

    Around town and low rpms are probably best suited for enduro mode.

    5k and above are probably best suited for sport and touring.

    Sport or touring mode in traffic low rpm is probably like driving an F1 car in a parade or taking John Forces funny car for a Sunday drive.


    Nothing wrong with that. Some people like chicken some like beef.
  13. bikeworm

    bikeworm Been here awhile

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    I just finished the first distance ride on my MS1200. Not a big one 800 miles; (24 hours), and just wanted to share that I have never experienced any of the problems and assessment people have been posting). The bike just turned 2K. The wind screen work best when in the lowest position; (Im 6'-3"), having a good helmets and ear plugs for the noise, the air is clean, I did not feel any real turbulence except in traffic at middle speeds. No issues what so ever with engine surging, keeping it in the right gear does wonders. The seat gets unconformable, but what seat doesn't "stock".
    What could be a problem is that the bike settles in at 90 mph in either sport of touring, but so does traffic out west in the left lane! To be legal you really need to be in a lower gear.
    The panniers are disappointing but work, you have to be careful not to catch a boot as the finish mars and scratches very easily, and they are not watertight.
    This is the first bike I've had in a long time that I am drawn to ride it for any reason. Great fun!
  14. cug

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    I tried Urban and Touring. Urban was a bit better, but not good. Touring was abysmal.

    That being sad: The Ducati dealership were I was test riding is known for ripping of customers, quoting service with up to 50% more time than what Ducati says and giving an overall really bad experience.

    Might have something to do with that they really have no idea what they are doing when setting up a new bike.
  15. bikeworm

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    Sounds like the KTM dealer out here!!!
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    Incidentally they also have KTM ...
  17. BDG

    BDG Been here awhile

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    It's SO MUCH FUN, not perfect but a real laugh.

    I like sports bikes (had 5 other Ducati's, thrashed all over Europe on a 996R and a 996SPS) and love dirt bikes, several trips to Africa on stuff like my XR650R.

    Briefly owned a BM GS, comfy but boring, KTM 950 Adventure, by far the best big dual sport bike for me, but still used my XR650R for most dirt trips.

    The Multistrada is a pretty crap dirt bike, capable of easy forest roads but limited by not being able to get decent dual sport tyres, the 17" front wheel and the fear of thrashing so much moneys worth of bike off road. The panniers are not brilliant because they leak.

    Other than that the bike is a riot, best described as a comfortable holigan machine, the slight surging doesn't bother me, it's comfy enough for 400 miles/10 hours riding, handles well enough to live with sports bikes, comfy enough to travel, and fast enough to make me laugh like a mad man. It looks good, unlike a BM GS or even a 950 Adv.

    My best mate, fellow dirt rider cum Ducati/R1 owner described it as his favourite bike.

    If I had the money I'd have kept the 950 Adv as well but sure as hell no regrets about spending a bucket full of money on the Multi. If i could only have one bike it probably would be a 950 Adv, but as it is the Multi plus a dirt bike does it for me.
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  19. tommytiger

    tommytiger just riding

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    a new customer :norton


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  20. BDG

    BDG Been here awhile

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    Divine intervention, a Ducati with mirrors that work, whatever next?