Originally Posted by John
I would like to know as a general question to other Multi riders (I hope I don't get railed for asking, like what oil do you use question) in the know, does the Ohlins package make that big of a deal? I ask because from a price point it might be worthwhile to pick up a standard and later as budget permits, custom dial the suspension with a Penske or Ohlins rear and fork internals (springs/valves) and let RickC do it. I think at that point you will have as equal or better set up. The Penske shock next to the Ohlins is impressive in the fit and finish department.
I've talked to a lot of guys that have owned both Multis, with and w/o Ohlins, and they say that the Ohlins does make a difference. Remember, the suspension is one of the Multi's greatest strengths! If you can find an "S", I encourage you to get one. The down side is, of course, the cost when they break, and they might break more often (but it seems the jury's still out on this one).
A lot of guys have had great success with getting the Showa suspension tuned. Penske & Wilbers seems to be the shock options most guys go with. When I can, I'd like to get tuning done by G.M.D. Computrack. http://www.gmdcomputrack.com/
One guy had this done on his non-S model and it only cost $1000, with
parts & labor!
For me, I was able to save about $4000 in getting a leftover non-S instead of a brand new 1100S, so it was completely worth it to me. Besides, I'm not such a great rider that I will notice such a huge difference with the "S".
BTW, here is the creme-de-la-creme of Multistrada exhausts, the Multiscarico by MGA:
It'll set you back about $2200 delivered to your door!