I came off a Panigale 959. Loved it for what it was but needed something for the occasional Two-up. Marital harmony and stuff like that.I've decided its time for the 1299S Panigale to go and I'm really interested in a Multistrada, but am a bit stuck on which one.
While I don't like to waste money, the price isn't going to be a determining factor. The forged wheels are a nice upgrade on the PP, not so sure on the Termi can (I have full Akra on the Pani). Don't really care about the carbon on this type of bike.
It really comes down to the suspension. Anyone have direct experience with the Skyhook of the 1260S and the Ohlins on the PP? I like the idea of electronic suspension adjustments, but even with the adjustments is it better/more useful than the Ohlins?
I won't ride the bike two-up much, if at all. Mostly backroad scratching and light touring use. Want to be able to ride all day to get to the best twisties and back.
Why would you choose one vs the other, outside of the price difference?
My Monster 1200R is now my Hooligan / Sport / Track bike. Wife didn't like the Monster. Too loud and rambunctious.
My dealer was very accommodating and a great salesman. I was lent a Multistrada 1200S for a total of at least 1000Km in aggregate. I had to buy one.
I bought the 1260 Pikes Peak. No regrets.
The only thing I thought I would possibly miss on the Skyhook was the Urban mode for rough patches of road. That's it. Otherwise, it's always in sport.
I wanted the light Forged Marchesini's and the Ohlins.
Ohlins are easily serviceable. Everyone has parts and knowledge for these. Skyhook not as much.
About the ride: Ohlins are sublime. Now that I've had it, I don't miss the on-the-fly adjustability. Suspension is a dream.
How often have you changed the settings on your Panigale 1299S? That should answer your dilemma.
A friend of mine..a wise man.. always says; " Go big or go home".
PS. Irrelevant of your choice, You're going to change the stupid OEM tires. I'm already at the edge and I haven't even dragged anything....and I have a center stand! While I'm not suggesting Supercorsa's, Diablo Rosso III at a minimum based on back-road scratching.