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So I'm sort of hot on this low-mileage 2013 S and ready to make the plunge, but I wanted to reach out to see what I may be getting myself into. There's obviously no more warranty on this bike so I"m concerned I"m going to get nailed with some big-ticket repairs.
Do any of you know if this year was problematic? I haven't heard much bad about the pre-DVT engine but there are forums rife with Multi issues for any year. I'm hoping common issues were all addressed under warranty by this time.

What sort of trouble does one get himself into when buying a three year old multi??? It would be my only bike so a serious amount of time in the shop would not be acceptable.
 

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there are forums rife with Multi issues for any year.
Keep in mind when you are reading forums that the vast majority of postings are from owners with their problems or gripes looking for advice. Owners don't generally make postings like "hey, I rode 500 miles yesterday and didn't have a single problem".

Myself, I have owned two (a 2011 and 2014). Other than the fuel level sensing unit, I have not had a problem with either bike.
 

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I guess it's sort of like TV news right? There's no reports on non-events.

Thanks for the input.
 

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I guess it's sort of like TV news right? There's no reports on non-events.

Thanks for the input.
Yeah, something like "100 million legal gun owners didn't shoot someone today". :wink2:
 

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I just flipped 24k miles on mine over the weekend. Superb bike. Fuel level sensor replaced twice (now it's "good enough" I suppose), shift return springs recently broke (inside the motor on the other side of the flywheel - pedal went limp, $500 repair), and that's about it. The 15k service sucked massive balls (waaaay more than I thought it would be). I've already bought some Brembo Monobloc M4's to replace the front calipers, so I'm going to be doing that to the bike soon along with some other stuff. I love it, probably hands down one of the best bikes I've ever owned (and number 50 for me, since '85). In sport mode, it's hauls ass. Plus it looks pretty damn good - dat beak, I love it.

 

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To sum it up ... I'd buy my 2013 again; no question (25,000 km).

It has been my best bike ever - been riding over 40 years. That is in spite of what has been mentioned above (shifter spring (really?!) and fuel level sender (on order - 1st one)). I really enjoy being able to ride the twisty's with the sport bikes and then enjoy forest service roads they won't go near.

A lemon is always possible but the odds are very small with a 2013/14.
Enjoy thinking on it.
 

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So far I'm happy with my 13' MTS GT. Despite the following, 2 recalls, 1 failed fuel level sensor, 1 failed hands free receiver, the rear brake going away completely after 3k miles (needed to be bled), a buzzing sound at 3k RPM (was the center stand spring), and most recently the clutch went away on a road trip across the country (needed to be bled).

It rides amazingly, it's fast, and it's nimble. Two issues that have me wanting a new one, no cruise control on the 13' model, and the variable valve timing on the new one. The prior engine (15' and prior?) is a bit clunky at low speeds. I did purchase a manual throttle lock that does the job of an electronic cruise control, sort of...

Good luck!

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I've got the same bike in a '14. Had it just a tad over a year and just turned 11k miles on it. I absolutely love it. The seat is not the most comfortable, but what bike seat is? I've taken it through gravel roads, dirt, and a lot of pavement. It simply works (great I might add) on all of them. Just finished a 3,652.9 mile trip on it and it was flawless the entire time. I've recently started teaching MSF BRC classes and I get asked all the time what my dream bike is; I tell them the one I'm riding. Seriously, if I were going to get a new bike it would be the same bike...probably a newer version now I guess. Or, maybe the new BMW S1000XR. That's only because it basically a copy of the Multi. Even looks the same.
 

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I have seen a sign at my Ducati dealer referring to 6.5 hours labor on a MS desmo service (9.5 hours for a Panigale!) . So I guess I will be about about $600 before any part is replaced. Likely to be close to $1K for a desmo service. This sucks, I agree!
 

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48000 km so far

fuel tank sensor replaced under warranty,

rear DSS sensor replaced under warranty,

front fork seal replaced under warranty,

and spark plug leeds replaced under warranty

none of the above stopped 48000 km of bliss and alot of this was in the back blocks of very rural Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

I've added a SC project decat, Tuneboy remap with Cruise Control and Quick shifter, 7jurlok wind screen, radiator guard, water pump guard and crash bars.

I've ridden the 15 DVT, think i prefer my 13S.

I've ridden the 12 S, I absolutly prefer my 13S.

just my 2 cents
 

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Great feedback guys, thanks.
It's tough, because you hear about all the warranty repair it needs, but in the same breath about it being the best bike ever. MY dealer is a tad far so frequent trips to the dealer, and more importantly, multiple-day repairs, may ruin any positive experience I have with the bike. If the dealer was down the road then I wouldn't feel the same trepidation.
I'm running out of choices though. There simply are no comfortable bikes that aren't overly ADV'ish (like the GS or KTMs), that also handle the twisties well. The multi certain covers all those bases.
Also, I think I like the pre-DVT engine is better at this point only because they are still working out the bugs.

What to do....
 

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What work has been done on the bike already? Or did I miss this up top (I'm lazy like that)?

Maybe the big issues that may pop up have already been taken care of.


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I don't know. It was traded to a dealer who it was not brought form (or who did the work). It may have all those warranty issues addressed.
 

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1,200 miles on a 14S.
Odometer repair - didn't work from new
water pump cover developed coolant leak
rear brake nearly gone
I think maybe fuel sender starting to get flakey
No regrets, would purchase again
 

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I've got a '14GT and love it so far. The fuel tank thing is aggravating but mine isn't near as bad as what I hear from others. Someone mentioned cruise control which the '13s didn't come with but can be added on from TuneBoy and from what I read, it's a pretty decent unit. I want to get it myself but I'm working on paying the bike off first.
 

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I've got a '14GT and love it so far. The fuel tank thing is aggravating but mine isn't near as bad as what I hear from others. Someone mentioned cruise control which the '13s didn't come with but can be added on from TuneBoy and from what I read, it's a pretty decent unit. I want to get it myself but I'm working on paying the bike off first.
The TuneBoy cruise control works very well...mostly. I just took a 3652 mile trip and did find some little "glitches" with it. It would periodically, and randomly, have a "twitch". It would cut off and the bike would drop about 5~7 mph in speed and then pick back up. Not sure what the deal was. The fuel mapping is good. The support sucks. And, it says you can clear the Oil Change Reset Indicator...but I can't. I will say; cruise control is the greatest invention ever on a long trip. Simply amazing.
 

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The TuneBoy cruise control works very well...mostly. I just took a 3652 mile trip and did find some little "glitches" with it. It would periodically, and randomly, have a "twitch". It would cut off and the bike would drop about 5~7 mph in speed and then pick back up. Not sure what the deal was. The fuel mapping is good. The support sucks. And, it says you can clear the Oil Change Reset Indicator...but I can't. I will say; cruise control is the greatest invention ever on a long trip. Simply amazing.
Fortunately I've got an indy familiar with TuneBoy on Ducati. He has mentioned though if he has to get in touch with TB, it ain't easy. Glad to hear the feedback from your experience, CC is great just to drop a hand off the throttle for a minute or if you have to adjust something or if it's just a long straight road.
 

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I have a December 2013 1200 S Touring, with 16,000km on it.

Things that went wrong - (1) fuel gauge, & (2) ignition switch failed (bike would stop with oil light on - took ages to work out what was going wrong, but a relatively simple fix).

Things I've changed -

(1) offered the GT upgrade for a good price (crash bars, bigger screen, top box)

(2) ProTaper bars, moved my upper body forward slightly, taking pressure off the base of my spine

(3) Rizoma rear indicators (the new exhaust toasted the stock ones), bar ends, mirrors and reservoirs

(4) SC Projects Oval pipes

(5) Sargent saddle

I also added the TuneBoy cruise control. Great bike - the only essential modification for me was changing the saddle. As others have said, it's lumpy at low revs but completely feral if you push it a bit. Fabulous. Oh, and the rear brake isn't too flash, but you can belled off speed with it and it will hold me, with my partner and luggage on a hill - what more do you need?
 
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