I've been lurking here since a road trip on my BMW to WVa in May, salivating over the thought of getting a Multi, a PP, and making it mine with goodies, as many of you have done. Priced it, & even chased a new used one that sold in 24 hours...
I come from BMW airheads, RT's then a KGT till I sold in 2006, to switch an MV F4. Currently and for a few years now I have a '75 BMW 90S and a '05 MV F4. But I want to get back into sport touring. So you can see why I am looking at a Multi...
I am 6'1" 205#. Crossed 50.
So my dealer finally gets a demo touring and I take it for the morning. The fit and finish was excellent and I was really glad to finally get on the machine. I got a good chance to try all modes except enduro, and thought the ability to do it on the fly was cool. Front braking excellent, not overpowering or touchy, a good feel. The back brake good for holding on a hills only. The engine power delivery, gearbox and shifting nice & smooth, lots of power. I was comfortable, upright and ready to ride awhile. The exhaust sound ok , but my right heal did hit the cover. I would opt for a bit more growl. The center stand was not bothersome to the left heal, as you guys know. I would probably change the grips to a bit thicker.
All was fine until I decided to get on the freeway to get up to real speed at which the Multi was great BUT the wind noise was really 'horrible' for me, screen up or down. Unlike any cycle I have had before. Only solution would be a larger screen, such as a C-baileys or such, like I've had on my other BMWs. It would go on for those extended trips.
Another anoyance was the passenger seat infringement on my butt...there is NO ability to "stretch out" or comfortably tuck behind the screen at speed.
So I got off the Multi less than thrillled at the possibility of dropping big money on my first ducati mistress. I thought to myself, " wait a bit, you are in no rush, see what evolves with the multi in years to come..." "Wait a year and buy someones sorted out machine when they are ready to move on."
I realize how important a test ride, as I was prepared to buy one without.
I have to love my cycle mistress, and have no doubt that she is for me. At this time I have doubt..but come next season, maybe not!
Thought I would share my thoughts tonight.