For the technical stuff, if you're dimensionally challenged like me (arms and legs, weirdo, get your head outta the gutter), 2" bar risers are a must. No need to extend the lines, it's a perfect fit for my midget ass. First long ride, my shoulders weren't happy. After the risers... perfection. Don't listen to all the Michelin goobers here either. PR 4's are a miserable, vibrating, corner pushing POS of a tire after 5k miles. So what if they last another 10k of doing that shit. PR 5 is just an unsiped version of it, with mud buggy tread. Get a set of Dunlop roadsmarts, way betterer, unless you plan to use it as a flats boat like the Michelins were intended for.
Another new owner so I’ll just ask this here. Do many of you feel the need for a single sided rear stand for tire changes? Having asked that so many of you remove your center stand for better clearance ?
Congrats on the new purchase and welcome to the forum. Wow, this brings back memories. I put 80,000km on mine before I wrote it off in outback New South Wales - great bikes.
And i agree with all the positive comments and one negative - the battery cover. I got sick of it flying off and JB Welded a thread into the part the dzus fastener screwed into, and secured the cover on with a wing nut from the old dzus side. No more problems.
Re the gauges, the same happened to me on a particularly wet tour of Tasmania, necessitating its replacement with a used cluster.
On that same trip a crank bearing started getting noisy, eventually resulting in a rebuild.
One other fault with these bikes is the starting electrics. I highly recommend you replace the earth strap from the starter with a heavier duty cable and always maintain a fully charged battery, otherwise your sprag clutch WILL eventually fail. AMHIK.
For bolts that cost $9 apiece it seems they're stupidly easy to strip (allen pattern not threads). I use anti-sieze... I torque to spec and no more, and still after a couple of cycles they visibly start to round off and if I don't replace them I end up stripping one. I've replaced my allen keys...
After winter hybernation (live in Sweden) and three weeks of work from home (because of Corona/Covid-19) I weigh in at +110kg/242 lbs and the rear static sag (sag with me and my gear sitting on the bike) is 76mm/3 inches with maximum preload and I need a stiffer spring or loose a lot of...
I'm looking at a 2014 multi pikes peak that has only 4,000km on it. Original timing belt, but manual says it should be changed at 5 years of 24,000km. Would it need to be done right away even with such low mileage? Thanks.
I was poking around and stumbled across this MelcoDiag software that appears to allow me to manage some functions on my ECU for my still new-to-me Multistrada. Is anyone else here utilizing this software? It looks very useful - just curious about any feedback, and I don't see a whole...
I'm going to replace my clutch line with aftermarket and am hoping anyone can verify what I came up with? I couldn't find any existing kits for my bike, so will have to go custom (no refunds), hence my paranoia.
I ran a line in parallel and came up with 49 inches end to end.. My best...