Join Date: May 2013
Location: Penticton, BC, Canada
I don't know what, exactly, your hesitation is... sounds like your expectations of a Ducati are based on the company's reputation in the 1970's and 80's, when owning an Italian make means you put up with a lot of shop time (FIAT = Fix It Again Tony). Ducati has changed a lot from those days, and I'd say although the Japanese bikes and BMW may have the edge on reliability, it's a thin margin. All the bikes nowadays have tons of electronic gadgetry, and overall it works. All vendors have the odd recall. The multi is a mature product line, and IMHO one helluva' bike. YMMV.
As for what to expect, for one you can expect an engine with a great sound, gobs of torque starting at 2500rpm, and handling to rival a superbike.
You can also expect pretty lackluster performance offroad with the 17" front even with offroad tires, at least in soft stuff vs. the KTM or GS... the Multi tends to lean more towards street performance than dirt.
Major services are $$, there's a lot of disassembly required to do valves. Parts are expensive, some more so than others, and you WILL run into waiting 6 weeks for some part to arrive from Italy. Hopefully it won't be a critical part that keeps you off the road. (that reminds me, I have had some side stand bolts on order for quite awhile, should check on those...).
'09 Multistrada 1100s
Last edited by dspear99ca; Aug 19th, 2019 at 4:10 pm.