Currently riding a 2002 Honda Superhawk (996 V twin, carbed sport bike).
I bought it new and put 37 000 miles on it, including a few track days.
I am unfortunately at the cross roads where I mainly use it for commuting as if I ride more then an hour, my knees get very stiff. If my wife and I both ride somewhere, we are very uncomfortable within an hour.
I used to ride a KLR 650. I miss the the comfort and the ability to ride on 4wd roads. I have a KLX250R I used for my dirt fix, but miss the exploring I used to do on the old KLR.
Yesterday, my wife and I went to the local bike shop and spent a few hours browsing and looking at all the new models. (5 deg and 6" of powder, so no test drives for sure!).
The Multistrada had not made my list before due the price ($20k) in all the reviews. However they had the base model, with MSRP of $14500, and all of sudden, it was a contender.
I had crossed the 1150 GS, the Super Tenere, and even the Varadero off my list due to weight. I would like to stay close to my Superhawk (~450 lb dry) and equal or exceed its 100 hp.
The 800 GS and the Tiger 800 XC seem a little less powerful but i haven't seen either in person yet.
My preconcieved notion was i wanted a SuperMoto 990 T. I also was considering the Adventure (non R due to better passenger seat). I liked both, but felt the SMT was easier to balance in the show room, and I liked the appearance and no ABS better.
The big thing that got our interest was the passenger seat on the Ducati. My wife felt it was noticably more comfortable, and when we pulled it off, much larger then the KTM's. Not to mention the two piece showed promise.
Sorry for the long winded post!
So my question, how is the passenger comfort? She is 5'10", 150 lb, I am 190 lb, 6' 2". Any comparisons with other adevnturers? She felt out of all the bikes at the dealer(KTM, KLR, V Strom, Versys) the Goldwing was the only one with a more comfortable seat.
We would probably do a hard or semi hard top bag on either with a backrest.
I am scared of the electronics, I have seen some of the information on the key, (I really would prefer a normal key), but any other issues on that front?
The new valve design sounds good, is any other maintenance (other then tires
) required after the intial 600 mile to 15k miles? My Superhawk has only had 1 set of fork seals, brake pads, tires, chain, sprockets, oil, and air/oil filters in 37k miles. I don't have a lot of free time and i want to ride, not wrench when I have the time.
Any regrets to buying the Multistrada?
How is the performance on rough dirt roads? I would like to be able to do the Alpine loop, and some of the other passes in Colorado, as well as some the neat things around Moab. Just stuff i would take my 3/4 ton stock pickup on, but more then I would be comfortable to do on my Superhawk, especially two up.
Anyone haul one on a reciever rack? We will probably ease into sport touring, but would like to take it with us and explore once we are at a destination. The Superhawk is no problem to load in the bed and I have seen plenty on the reciever racks.
The power sounds fantastic. The sales guy was absolutely sold on the Ducati, even though they are a leading KTM, Aprilla, Honda, Kawi and Suzuki dealer and he owned a Tl1000S. He said his next bike would be Multistrada.
Personally, I like the simplicity of the KTM, but I will get in a lot more riding days if the old lady is willing to ride, so that part is critical.
Thanks! Great forum you have here.