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I just brought my 1200 MTS Touring in for its 600-mile service and thought I would write a bit about how I feel about the bike.

I’m in my 40’s and except for a 10-year period after my child was born, I’ve ridden bikes most of my life starting with dirt bikes then rode bikes after I was old enough for a license. Since that time, I’ve had mainly sport bikes and most recently a Monster 796. My wife and I were at the Ducati dealer having coffee and visiting when the owner tossed me the keys to a multi and told us to take it for a ride. When we returned from the ride, my wife didn’t even get her helmet off before she said “we need one of these.”

A couple weeks later we had a titanium touring model sitting in the garage. The only additional option we added was the top case. My wife and I put 300-miles on the bike the first weekend and she loves it. She said it’s the most comfortable bike she’s ever been on and could sit on it all day. She has our weekends planned all the way through late fall with road trips to B&B’s and camping trips. The bike is definitely high on the wife approval factor scale!

I love the bike. It has so much power! The riding modes are great and make a big difference. I mainly go between urban (work commute) and Touring and there is definitely a difference in suspension and power. I’m 6’4” and fine the ergonomics very nice, the bike a roomy and the seat/bars/pegs form a nice triangle for my size. The dash has more information on it than my car and the controls are easy to remember and intuitive.

The Multistrada is the largest bike I’ve owned and with all the luggage on it, while sitting on the center stand, looks impressively large. Once on the road though that size seems to disappear as the bike can really be tossed around in corners and it handles great! Acceleration is impressive, especially since I have to keep it below 6,000 while less than 600 miles. I can’t wait until I’m no longer restricted by the break in limits.

The side and top cases look really nice and my wife and I can easily fit enough for a weekend B&B stay. We’ll see what happens when we go on a camping trip but I think as long as we stick to ultra-light gear, we’ll be fine. I’m not sure how the cases will do in the rain since they don’t really seem to seal very well. We are ordering the soft bags that fit inside the hard cases so it will be easier to pack and carry.

Two up riding is a dream on this bike. My wife is fairly small and I can’t even tell she’s on the back. I really do believe we could ride this bike all day and still be looking forward to getting back on the next morning. Last Sunday morning when we woke up, the first thing my wife said to me was that the Multistrada was the best purchase we’ve made in a long time.

I do have a few annoyances after two weeks and 600-miles that I need to look into.

First, that damn center stand! I really can’t imagine the bike without it for loading the cases, filling up with gas and because the side stand seems so weak, I use it all the time. The problem with the center stand is while ridding the thing is right next to the left peg and I can’t get my foot locked into the bike because my heal hits the center stand. I need to look into having someone do some cutting on the stand to fix that problem.

Next, on the right side the mounting for the passenger pegs prevents me from locking my heal in on that side. My guess is that once the center stand issue is fixed, I would have the same issue on the left side. At the moment, I’m not happy with foot placement on the bike.

I was glad to see the fuel gauge on the dash but I soon learned that it isn’t a good indication of anything but an idea of how much fuel is in the bike. First, I have a heck of a time getting the tank full. I may need to mount a flashlight to my helmet so I can see in the tank while filing up. The fuel gauge seems to go from full down to half full in a blink of an eye then before you know it, the low fuel light comes on. The low fuel light is a strange one since it comes on and it seems I can still get 50-miles out of bike. Low fuel warning with more than a quarter tank left seems a bit paranoid to me.

The rear spring seems very under sized for this bike. I’m 200 lbs and with just me on the bike it bounces around a bit much. The shop is installing a stiffer spring during the service this week. Why such a under sprung rear on a bike that is meant to be packed up is a mystery.

The 5th the 6th shift… You have to really mean to make that shift unless you want to find yourself bouncing off the limiter. Isn’t this the same gearbox as the 1198?* Does that bike have issues with false neutrals? I’m really hoping this improves with break in.

I haven’t really figured out the windscreen thing yet. I have it in the lowest position and with my height, the wind hits my chest (and it’s a bit loud). I tried it with windscreen in the highest setting and my head got knocked around pretty good. I think it needs to be moved forward and the steepness of the angle reduced so it’s more vertical. I know there are a lot of options out there and I’ll start doing my research.

Wow, the bike is loud! When I started it the first time I thought it may not have oil in it.* Either that or it was a diesel because of how loud it knocked. I know the Ducati valves are loud but I think it’s the way the body panels are on the Multistrada that makes the engine even louder. It’s like the sound is funneled up the forks.

That’s it after 600-miles. I really love the bike and look forward to the adventures I’m going to have on it!
 

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Welcome. You gave me some of this deja-vu vibe

I had the center stand modified by SpeedyMoto, though others used a local fab/welder. Price wasn't too bad and they turned it around quick. It still bothers me when riding and when changing oil.

Yeah, the suspension is a bit softly sprung. I was the same weight when I got mine last year (excuses for why I'm heavier now is a knee injury) and had the rear Ducati-branded Ohlins spring installed at the dealer. A local Ducati specialist changed out my fork springs to something heavier (7.0).

Lots of threads about screens. Check out the threads on Aztec Spaces and V-Stream. I am running a V-Stream screen that is the same height as stock but wider. I think it's better than stock, but YMMV

As far as exhaust, this is the first bike I've had that I didn't go out and bolt on some aftermarket system within the first week. As I'm over 40, some of those 'you might be a squid' checks aren't working.
 

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Nice initial review. Welcome to the club! You have to be careful in Motocorsa, Arun makes thinks really easy. Saw your guys picture in the Red Room congrats.

Check the threads on here. Most of the concerns you have with the bike have been discussed at length and solved. Speedymoto is local so that should be an easy fix of your center stand. Other than no one really having a fix for the fuel gauge.

Had my multi at the Motocorsa track day on Monday and it was a blast. Fun environment and some great people.
 

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interesting report Ray (can i call you Ray?:D)

i had the 5th-6th shift thing.....it gets better after a few oil changes, almost completely gone now after 13500 miles. prob just a burr or a rough machine mark on one of the transmission parts.

i almost never use 6th gear so that could explain why it's been slow to break in:D

i think you'll enjoy the engine more soon as you can exceed 6k rpms.
 

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I've had mine a month and a half and have managed to out 3000 miles on it so far. It's a fantastic machine, like you I have a long history of sport bikes and was looking for something different but still handled well.

The side stand is fine. I use it almost exclusively except when parking in my garage or doing maintenance.

I did read about the foot placement issues some where having. It was a minor annoyance for me, but I've gotten used to it. I think coming off a sport bike most of us are inclined to be very high on the pegs. For me, I don't ride near as aggressive on the street as I do on the track, and the bike is high enough that a bit lower foot placement has not caused me any issues when cornering.

The side cases and top case are water tight. I rode 400 miles in the rain a couple weeks ago. Cases where bone dry.

I had a couple false neutrals when I first started riding the bike. It has a bit longer shift throw than what I was used to. If your boots are a bit stiff in the ankle, you might try adjusting the shift lever down a little. It hasn't been a problem for me since the first few hundred miles.

I really have no complaints. Best bike I've ever owned.
 

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Chiming in - love this bike. I have about 700 miles on my PP. My riding is a bit different - I am in Sport almost all the time, including commutes to work. Feels not that much different than my 999 in terms of throttle sensitivity. I do put in in Touring for two up.

Other than short rides to work almost all my miles are twisty back roads. This thing is just so much fun. For these roads I think the multi is terrific - lot's of leverage from the wide bars, upright so you can see through the corners and more suspension travel than my 999 to better handle mid-corner road ugly.

I weigh 150 and it seems sprung just about right for me. Two up with my daughter is great in +luggage (she weighs 52lbs).

My big question is around the threads about rough idling below 3k or so. Even during break-in I almost never had it below 3. 4-6 is a nice sweet spot. I just can't find the use case for running under 3k rpm, even in town. Likewise I am really undecided about going to a 14t sprocket. I have changed the gearing on every other Duc I have owned. But this seems right in a sweet range for me. 1st/2nd is good in town and 2nd-3rd and the occasional 1st is great for 25 mph roads with signed 15/20 mph turns.

I have a slight oil misting out of a bolt behind the swing arm. The dealer probably would not have caught it but I was keeping a close eye. Not a non-riding problem but they need to drop the swing arm to tighten so an all day service scheduled in a couple of weeks.

In all the Multi is an absolute pleasure. My only nit is how tall it is. I have a long inseam but it takes some getting used to, especially two-up. I knew that going in but am still getting used to it.
 

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same deal

Just made about 700 miles on my new Ti Touring edition also. F&*#ing Love it!

A few pains in the ass though like the wind management which stinks. Also lots of dialing in. Its a complicated machine in some ways, getting all the setting right, which I haven't bothered to do yet. But at the same time its simple. It's so powerful and handles so well that I just am not bothered by the things I don't like right now.

Now I gotta have a rainy weekend so I can get the oil changed!
 

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spend a little time searching here and you will find the solutions ( or resignation ) to every issue you noted.

the only thing i will specifically comment on is the wind turbulence . for a start imo either you have to go for the "barn door" OR cut a few inches of the stock screen Plus i'm a believer in the Captain Plummet Hiss flap ( another recent thread )

enjoy
 
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