Join Date: May 2013
Location: Penticton, BC, Canada
There have been a lot of posts/articles/discussions that revolve around BMW vs. Ducati. The pros of owning a BMW are: German engineering and reliability. They do what they're supposed to do, they rarely break down, they're not terribly flashy and you don't hear about a lot of folks customizing their BMW or popping power wheelies at stop lights. When the S1000RR hit the streets BMW showed it could do with sport bikes what it had been doing with touring bikes for decades. The single cylinder GS bikes owned the adventure/rally/dual sport world before it was a thing. The pros of the Duc are somewhat tough to describe: sure, the handling and power are there, but it's more than that... it's a feeling that V-twin sound gives you when you twist WOT and the front lifts up. It's the sexy Italian look. Historically BMW has sunk more $$ into development and refinement of their bikes which means less glitches, recalls, general f#ckups for buyers. However, Ducati has come around and their technology is right up there with the Germans. Reliability? Well, I'll give that one to BMW but not by a longshot like it used to be. Both bikes are chock full of electronic rider aids, wheelie control, traction control, ABS, cornering ABS, rider modes, electronically adjustable suspension, etc. YMMV, it comes down to personal preference... which bike makes you feel like da' boss? I own a multi and love it. My background is filled with all sportbikes but I turned 50 last year and my back and neck and forearms were tired of the crouch and I finally have enough time to do some longer riding trips. The multi is supremely comfy on long rides, the ergos will feel weird for the first season or so... those pegs are just way too far forward and you feel awkward trying to hang off the bike in any way but it comes with time and the bikes will lean and grip. I'd suggest riding both bikes, do a few test rides in varying conditions and see what your senses tell you about each bike.
'09 Multistrada 1100s