So, would the make a drivel into a drool? More bad news indeed.
Have a good one.
Have a good one.
And, I can easly see that a few solid tweaks to many of these bike could increase the appeal, whether it be a bit of styling or a bit less gizmo-creep or a bit of parts bin shopping. It's all there, waiting to be put together. For the life of me, I can't understand the roadblock.I don't do this very often but yesterday I went to the Ducati site to check out their lineup. Honestly, there wasn't one bike that interested me. A lot of that is based on the type of riding I do. A new Supersport or new and sportier ST would do it for me. God it's so sad.
Why? A tall bike has its purpose, esp when off-road use is considered. A tall bike with a vertical seating position has no purpose in my garage. I prefer a fwd position and don't go off road. If I ever chose to, I would not consider any twin cylinder Ducati for that purpose.Any of you guys ever spent any meaningful time on a Multistrada Touring?
The flashing error light? Or, is that the no start light? Or, the light from one side of the cylinder to the other? Not my kind of light.Has Chuck seen the light?
Unitl the 2013 Mult gets some reviews. All the faults of the previous model will suddenly exist.It gets great reviews in just about all the magazines.
I stay away from auto and m/c dealerships as I tend to buy things I truly don't want esp after a test ride as the sales person sort of has a captive audience (I have trouble saying no and meaning it). If I didn't have someone with me, I would have bought an FZ1 instead of finding my much better ST (lucky for you guys, right?). So, I typically get test rides on friend's machines. No one that I know well has one.LOL!!
So...the answer is no, then? Neither of you have ridden one? Even briefly?
My dream ST. I'm in total argreement, but . . .The next ST4S: an 1198S engine with saddle bags, I'd be in heaven!
I also think that is absolutely beautiful
^^^^ this. Need moar fuel! With a 6gal or so tank to offset the SBK MPGs to get to a 200mi range, I would not complain. The 1098s was very comfortable for the short ride I had on one.That bike (put together by Ducati Canada) looks great but those a/c Multistrada cases are fuel/gasoline bladders for very long distance touring, otherwise it'd need a much bigger fuel tank, better wind screen, and probably stronger subframe and perhaps conventionally routed exhaust to keep the heat down to work.
I was after the EFI'ed 2nd gen FZ. The used ones that were coming up were surprisingly more than the STs I found while trying to avoid the seemingly plagued 2006 models. With the addition of the necessary cases pushed me out of the market.Ha! I just spent the last 9 years and 90K miles on an '03 FZ1.
It was a fantastically capable bike that could do most everything very well. Lots of HP, comfortable ergos, and with some suspension mods it could flat-out rail. But, it has the sex appeal of a brick (especially the Gen I's) and other than a relatively small group of deeply disturbed fans it didn't really sell very well. Frankly, I'm surprised that Yamaha is still selling the model.
They are very reliable too. Well, except for mine I guess. After a 1500 mile trip last August where the bike ran as strong as ever, I got home and parked it in the garage and took off for Michigan for a family wedding. When I wheeled it out of the garage a week later it wouldn't start, and after some diagnostics it turns out that it had 50-60psi in all four cylinders. Regardless of the root cause, a fugly 9 year old bike with 90K miles isn't worth pouring money into.
Fortunately, I ended up coming across my ST3s ABS and I'm loving it. I've put on 2.5K miles in the last 6 weeks and the grin hasn't left my face (although I sometimes miss the rush of about 130 hp at the wheel ). I looked at the Multistrada as well, but to be honest I wasn't about to spend the kind of coin required to get one. I do like them though!
The CBR nose is kina blah, but better than the other choices.I was getting to that, you beat me to it. I was trying to, you know, prepare the way for the shock of that Diavel.
I mean even this BMWK16 meets Polaris Vision Honda's looking good these days compared to the above:
160mi (min) here. The fuel light indicates about 4gal were used with 1.5 remaining.The low fuel light on my Streetfighter comes on at 130 miles like clockwork no matter how I ride it. I don' tknow the range of an ST4, but I doubt it is less than that.
There you go. Stating a blanket fact without a shred of detail doesn't help the conversation much. Your ST sounds like a fun machine. It would kill me to give up that range though.It has compression pistons, 955cc's, SPS cams and a Ducshop tune up. When I ride the slab, it's typically 80-90 mph on both bikes.