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Hi guys,
I will be getting my Pikes Peak on Friday and with that, my first Ducati. I would welcome any and all Information from those who have "been there, done that" with the Mulitistrada. Is there any "got to haves" or "must do's" before I get going with this bike. At over $20 Large, I want to get off one the right foot.

I'm a life long rider. I have a 2009 HD V-Rod Muscle. It's going to be a big difference between the two bikes.

I am on 1130cc.com forum for the V-Rod Muscle and have learned the importance of learning from one another.

Any advice or comments I can use???

Bicep
 

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This forum is hard to sift through but try to spend a little time to try and glean something from it.

Everybody who owns a multi has a different idea of what this bike is all about - some think its a superbike, some a tourer, and others an adventure/offroad bike.

So it's hard to get a straight answer in this section. What I mean is the things that one guy in here thinks is the best mod ever another guy wouldn't even consider, there are just so many different opinions.


I can tell you this: unless you like to profile alot, your Hardley is going start collecting a lot of dust.

Good luck with the new bike.

PS why do you call it a V-Rod "Muscle"? sounds like you're talking about your penis...
 

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This forum is hard to sift through but try to spend a little time to try and glean something from it.

Everybody who owns a multi has a different idea of what this bike is all about - some think its a superbike, some a tourer, and others an adventure/offroad bike.

So it's hard to get a straight answer in this section. What I mean is the things that one guy in here thinks is the best mod ever another guy wouldn't even consider, there are just so many different opinions.


I can tell you this: unless you like to profile alot, your Hardley is going start collecting a lot of dust.

Good luck with the new bike.

PS why do you call it a V-Rod "Muscle"? sounds like you're talking about your penis...
Harley-Davidson calls it a V-Rod Muscle. Muscle is the model, Like Mulitistrada is our model of Ducati.

My friend at work gives me 6 months and he says I will be selling the Harley. He has a Ducati 916 and a KTM
 

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I want a V-rod to Multi comparo :). At the Multi HP and 420 or so pounds, betting on the Multi but should be interesting. Post run-in of course. Betting on the Multi to out wheelie the v-rod....

Welcome, it's an addiction and you started in the deep end of the pond.

I am a long time Duc owner, had my PP since April and about 3k miles on it. My advice - take it slow on any mods. I have over 8k in aftermarket goodies on my 999. It is dialed. But the MTS is just so well sorted that I haven't changed anything except losing the splash guard and using a Rizoma license relocator. It is that good. Break it in, ride the hell out of it and then decide what to do.
 

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That Harley is a beautiful bike.

The Multi is just about good to go right out of the box. The PP windscreen is great around town but I also use a bigger screen for long trips. The engine is not smooth at 3k rpm and below so search the forums for the "fatduc" o2 manipulator. I dream of upgrading the exhaust someday but we'll see. Also a good tank bag can be really useful. I use a bags connection one. Now that I think of it, the only 'got to have' for me was a good stand for the garage since the PP just has the side stand.

Ride safe!
 

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This forum is hard to sift through but try to spend a little time to try and glean something from it.

Everybody who owns a multi has a different idea of what this bike is all about - some think its a superbike, some a tourer, and others an adventure/offroad bike.

So it's hard to get a straight answer in this section. What I mean is the things that one guy in here thinks is the best mod ever another guy wouldn't even consider, there are just so many different opinions.


I can tell you this: unless you like to profile alot, your Hardley is going start collecting a lot of dust.

Good luck with the new bike.

PS why do you call it a V-Rod "Muscle"? sounds like you're talking about your penis...

Dude you quack me up.
 

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One of the things I was wondering. I weigh 260 lbs. should I set the load to rider with luggage. I think Ducati might put the weight of the average american maybe 185-190
I know 70 lbs of luggage is a lot. I am definitely not as heavy as two people.

I saw a guy running a Muliti at a track day on You Tube. He said he used two riders with luggage in sport mode.

Bicep
 

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Hi guys,
I will be getting my Pikes Peak on Friday and with that, my first Ducati. I would welcome any and all Information from those who have "been there, done that" with the Mulitistrada. Is there any "got to haves" or "must do's" before I get going with this bike. At over $20 Large, I want to get off one the right foot.

I'm a life long rider. I have a 2009 HD V-Rod Muscle. It's going to be a big difference between the two bikes.

I am on 1130cc.com forum for the V-Rod Muscle and have learned the importance of learning from one another.

Any advice or comments I can use???

Bicep
Measure the sag and set the preload.

As for differing opinions amongst us owners, you'll just have to try them out and see what best works for you. It's a sub-forum like any other, and you know what they say about opinions....

Have a look around, there's some good information available via the search, enjoy your stay and new bike.

Welcome aboard :),
 

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Hi guys,
I will be getting my Pikes Peak on Friday and with that, my first Ducati. I would welcome any and all Information from those who have "been there, done that" with the Mulitistrada. Is there any "got to haves" or "must do's" before I get going with this bike. At over $20 Large, I want to get off one the right foot.

I'm a life long rider. I have a 2009 HD V-Rod Muscle. It's going to be a big difference between the two bikes.

I am on 1130cc.com forum for the V-Rod Muscle and have learned the importance of learning from one another.

Any advice or comments I can use???

Bicep
Measure the sag and set the preload.

As for differing opinions amongst us owners, you'll just have to try some of them out and see which work best for you. It's a sub-forum like any other, and you know what they say about opinions....

Have a look around, there's some good information available via the search, enjoy your stay and your new bike.

Welcome aboard :),
 

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That Harley is a beautiful bike.

The Multi is just about good to go right out of the box. The PP windscreen is great around town but I also use a bigger screen for long trips. The engine is not smooth at 3k rpm and below so search the forums for the "fatduc" o2 manipulator. I dream of upgrading the exhaust someday but we'll see. Also a good tank bag can be really useful. I use a bags connection one. Now that I think of it, the only 'got to have' for me was a good stand for the garage since the PP just has the side stand.

Ride safe!

I bought the hard bags off the touring model in red, just for the trips. It also came with a clear wind screen. I don't know if that one is taller than the carbon fiber one. I don't get my bike till Friday. I have never even seen one in person or ridden one ether. I just have a lot of fath in what everone is saying about the Muliti and once I saw the PP, that was it. I just had to have one.

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Dont worry about static sag, adjusting your bikes sag with rider on the bike will sort static sag out at the same time

On the MTS 1200 both front and rear suspension has a total travel of 170mm, shoot for a 30% sag with rider on the bike

So both the front and rear suspension with rider on the bike in Sport mode you want something around 50mm sag or 120mm of travel remaining before the suspension lands out. There's a chart for other mode offsets on this forum somewhere, do a search, this will you setup the other modes and be good starting points.

To get your zero sag reference point for the front and rear be sure to lift the respective wheel off the ground when measuring zero sag.

Let us all know how the bikes handles after you've set your sag to your weight, unless very little adjustment is needed you will notice the bike tracks or holds its line better in corners and has less tendencies to loose its line over irregular surfaces

By the way welcome to the Ducati world, insects on the teeth to ya!
 

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One of the things I was wondering. I weigh 260 lbs. should I set the load to rider with luggage. I think Ducati might put the weight of the average american maybe 185-190
I know 70 lbs of luggage is a lot. I am definitely not as heavy as two people.

I saw a guy running a Muliti at a track day on You Tube. He said he used two riders with luggage in sport mode.

Bicep
You'll need to go to a heavier spring on the rear. Do a search and you'll see how much of a difference it makes. The Duc comes pretty well sorted for a typical euro rider - about 150-160. Works perfect stock for me with the current settings but you are heavier by 110 lbs. That a lot more than luggage, more like a cute girlfriend on the back...
 

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Bicep, with info on the new 2013 models just published were you not interested in waiting for one of them? Obviously if you prefer the current Pikes version or don't feel like waiting three more months till they are released then jump on it, but at this point with the changes they have announced it would be something to consider...

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Bicep, with info on the new 2013 models just published were you not interested in waiting for one of them? Obviously if you prefer the current Pikes version or don't feel like waiting three more months till they are released then jump on it, but at this point with the changes they have announced it would be something to consider...

GiL

Woops

My brother lives in NJ
 

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Woops

My brother lives in NJ
Not whoops! You got yourself a collector's item and one kick-ass bike. I'm sure the '13's will be amazing bikes too and the new Pikes Peak paint scheme is sweet. But to my eye you got the right bike. And I'm totally objective.
 

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Yeah- I prefer the 1st Run of Pikes Peak colors as well.
 

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wow your going to love it if you like quickness . I own a 2011 standard 1200 and it handles and is quuiicckk . I did just purchase the sargent seats and love em .
 

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Thaks for all the feedback. The Bike comes tomorrow between 12:00 and 4:00 pm
I'm taking a half day off to be home for the delivery.

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I'm thinking I need the spring too. Can you recommend anyone in the Bay Area.

Bicep
 
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