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Gents I need help. This is my first motorcycle and of course I’m drawn to the fine percusin and burst y of Italian engineering. However I’m undecided on the year. What is the difference between a 2013 Multistrada 1200S touring & a 2016 Multistrada 1200S Touring???
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 2019, 7:33 pm
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Moar fine percusin and burst y'ness.

Sorry, couldn't help myself. If this is your first one then go cheap and ride the piss out of it to see what you like and don't like.
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Either choice is a lot of bike for a first motorcycle. Gotta learn to walk before you run...just sayin'
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If you do this, you'll probably later come to realize that picking such a large and powerful motorcycle as your first bike was a mistake. You'll have a harder time learning some of the finer points of control on a larger bike. The best riders usually started out on little dirt bikes, that's not a coincidence. I'm also speaking from experience. I learned to ride on a little bike, then very quickly jumped to a big one. I had fun, I loved it. It was still a mistake, because that big machine taught me some bad habits, and I didn't realize it until I went back to the small stuff.

Just something to think about.

To answer your question there are far too many technical differences between those two motorcycles to cover in a forum post. 2015 was a platform change year for the Multistrada, they share no major parts with the 2014 and earlier bikes, and among the changes was a variable valve timing engine (DVT). Very broadly speaking, the pre-DVT bikes have a more sporting character, while the DVT machines lean towards the touring end of things. That's a fine distinction, and largely opinion based, others might not agree. They are both very capable in either capacity, just a matter of focus. 2015+ has more advanced electronic rider aids, and an improved version of the semi-active suspension system both bikes have.

Personally, I would not buy a pre-2015 "S" bike, I would wait and fine a well sorted Pikes Peak. The early years of the skyhook suspension were problematic for quite a few owners.
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if you decide on a 2013, mines for sale. one of the nicest around.

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Gents I need help. This is my first motorcycle and of course Im drawn to the fine percusin and burst y of Italian engineering. However Im undecided on the year. What is the difference between a 2013 Multistrada 1200S touring & a 2016 Multistrada 1200S Touring???
I totally agree flynnmoon.
try to walk at first.than you can try to run later.
MTS is not a bike to start for riding!!!!
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You can easily get killed with either of those bikes. Go for a smaller capacity one, ride a couple of years and then switch to a Multi. That's what I did (Versys 650 being my previous and first bike) and I never regretted my decision. Now that I have more or less learned my '11 Multi, it's clearer than ever to me that I made the right move.

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 2019, 8:02 am
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Hate to pile on, but a Multistrada as a first bike is a big mistake - maybe even fatal!
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 2019, 8:09 am
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If you really need the touring capability for your first motorcycle maybe consider a first gen Multistrada or Multi 620? SUPER cheap these days.

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Im with the guys above, start with something smaller and lighter, do a 2 year apprenticeship. The Multi is heavy, its heavy to move around, and its not the best in traffic. Something like a KTM 690, nimble light and reliable, then get your 2016 Multi. Good luck and safe riding.

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