well after about 9 years I have finally(against my better judgement) given up and bought a new to me 2014 multistrada S touring
2400 miles on it
I have spent 9 years "wanting" this bike and have , instead, bought 2 different Kawasaki 1400 Concourse, 2 different triumph tigers 955 and 1050... all of them absolutely wonderful ZERO MAINTENENCE bikes.
also bought a 950 KTM adventure and an 09 1200 BMW 1200 GS.... nice bikes, but rode them once each and sold
I ride twice a year... in tennesse/north carolina... my buddies and I trailer down from Michigan , rent those cottages on the side of a mountain... and ride from there for a week in spring and a week in fall
The Ducati has always "called to me"... but I "know" owning one is like dating a crazy bitch stripper... seems like a good idea... but is not.
so I did it this week....
2400 miles... what could go wrong? If it was a Kawasaki... well... nothing....
I'll call the local dealer to check on recalls? what recalls have there been?
what are the next few things that are likely to send me scurrying to my facebook and craigslsist account to post for sale
Have made up my mind I am NOT selling that concours until after I have ridden this Ducati... in fact if there is room on the trailer... I'll take the Kaw with me on the next trip.
I am hoping this Ducati.. like some things in life... is not something I should have just rented to get out of my system...
so... what do I expect/look for etc please
Thank you all
First of all NO bike is ZERO maintenance. A bike may have little or no problems over its life but every bike needs an oil change, tires, brakes, valves adjusted, etc at regular intervals.
And if your idea of fun is hustling a bloated behemoth 1400 Coni down the dragon I'm not sure that anything we say can help you out. That sounds like work to me. The multistrada is a much lighter bike but it still isnt exactly nimble when it comes to ripping up one of the tightest roads in the US.
Also, try to remember that this isnt a big slug type of twin and despite what others may say it doesnt like to lug and it doesnt make good power below about 3500 RPM. Keep the revs above 4K for instant power and above 3500 for normal cruising, riding it for any length of time below 3K isnt doing the engine any good and frankly isnt much fun IMO.
Your worries about reliability are unfounded but I do know guys that can find something to complain about with anything. I have 45K on my Multi and it has never let me down (of course I do the maintenance).
I remember a guy here that bought a new Multi and he was posting about all the problems he was having with it - turns out he was bitching about cable ties and mirror adjustments or some other such nonsense.
The bottom line is if you want to find problems, you expect them and you go looking for them - You'll probably find them. For me, The Mulitstrada has been the best all-around bike I've ever owned.
Just so you know, I have a 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS that has given me more problems than ANY Ducati I've owned, and it continues to have the worst throttle snatch I've ever experienced. ( I'm about ready to dump it, if it wasnt so damn pretty I would have already done it.)
Here's a pic of my wife and I scooten down the dragon on our Multi last year: