Join Date: May 2015
Location: in the Finger Lakes, NY, USA
Different kinds of people - we have friends who are 'horse people'... love and live horses. Yet they buy and sell them all the time. When we had horses they were basically pets - no way we could flip them like cars. I'm sort of the same way with bikes... I still have the Tiger that was my daily rider before the Multi. I'm now considering selling it but only because it's not getting enough miles and bikes don't like to sit.
With the Ducati I find when touring it's an invisibly functional slice of mechanical perfection. I'm completely comfortable, the bike has been so reliable I don't worry about it and just ride. The times I'm not 100% at home is in the other riding modes. Soft dirt/sand/mud is sketchy with the small front tire, and when riding hard something about the upright seating position makes sporty riding just the tiniest bit... clumsy feeling... compared to more sport focused bikes and I never feel completely at home. Sure the bike is fast and handles excellently... but it's just a bit less "right" compared to Sport or Sport Touring bikes. And urban riding... bike gets too damned hot to be taken seriously as an urban bike.
So it's an imperfect "4 bikes in one" bike... but it's just about perfect at 2 lane touring, extremely good at sport riding, and can tolerate some (limited) amount of the other two. It is so competent it grows on you, and it's exciting enough to make you love it.
15 Multistrada S Touring/Urban/Enduro, 04 Tiger 955i, 86 MaximX 750 (son), 13 Ural (wife)
"Go soothingly on the grease mud, for there lurks the skid demon"
Last edited by DaveK; May 30th, 2019 at 10:28 am.