Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Keep in mind the valve adjustment is at 15k miles, which is often around the time guys sell them. It's a significant expense if you take it to the dealer, unless you're mechanically capable of performing it yourself.
The initial investment isn't what's draining; that's the easy part frankly. It's the running costs that really add up. My previous bike was a Yamaha FZ-06 and I could buy all the parts for an oil change at Autozone for <$40 and do it in my garage in 30 minutes.
I did a search for 2010-2014 Multi's within 400 miles on Cycle Trader, and the cheapest one was $6900 and had 28k miles. The average is about $10k. Considering that's the bottom of your price range, I would suggest getting something else that aligns more with your budget. There's always going to be insurance, registration, maintenance, gear, farkles, etc. to consume any left over cash. I'd hate to see you buy the cheapest one available and then have to shell out a couple grand for an issue that popped up.
For around $7k I'd recommend a FJ-09. You can find used ones around $6-7k with 5k miles. The triple is a good midrange engine and they're reliable and have much cheaper running costs.
I can say my right side brain really loves the Multi as an emotional experience, but the left side brain constantly points out all the pitfalls of Ducati ownership:
You have to take it to the dealer to reset the oil service light? What do you mean an oil change is $180 and I have to wait 4 hours? I can do it in my garage for $60 and a half hour if it weren't for the resetting the damn light!
You spent how much and they still can't get a fuel gauge to work? Wait, the fuel gauge brake AGAIN!?
What do you mean Italy is on shutdown the entire month of August? I have to wait an entire month to get parts?
If Yamaha or Honda could make a competitor to the Multi that had some character I would go back in a heart beat.
2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring
Last edited by engineered2win; Apr 1st, 2019 at 6:54 pm.