Join Date: May 2015
Location: in the Finger Lakes, NY, USA
There is no "perfect multi-role" bike... every time you tweak a design to broaden its applicability you compromise on 'ultimate performance' somewhere.
However - that doesn't mean that multi-role is stupid. Most buyers happily trade some 'ultimate track performance' for 'day to day livability' for instance.
So the '4 bikes in one' thing is really just saying "we've designed a bike that we believe has some competency in these 4 areas". Yes it's a marketing gimmick... but it's also useful information. To the buyer they're saying "if these things are important to you - performance, touring capability, urban livability, offroad capability - then our bike might be for you.
Personally, after living with the multi for 2 years I think they hit a home run on the performance and touring levels, a solid double on 'dirt competence', and maybe a single on 'urban livability' (bike runs too hot imo for urban use).
It's not a Panigale, Gold Wing, FC450, and Suzuki Burgman all rolled into one because yea that's impossible - but IMO the design has a mix of compromises that fits my needs almost perfectly, so the overall package IS a home run for me.
15 Multistrada S Touring/Urban/Enduro, 04 Tiger 955i, 86 MaximX 750 (son), 82 Maxim 550 (wife)
"Go soothingly on the grease mud, for there lurks the skid demon"