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I just joined the site and don't own a Multistrada...yet, I currently ride a BMWK1200LT and a Honda XR650 L, I'm selling the beamer and if the dealer can find me a new 1000 s I'm buying, My question , How is riding 2-up not for long trips but say 100miles or so? The BMW is more bike than I want , but I also want the option of riding with , the wife and daughters..any input would be appreciated.
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The MTS is a fantastic bike. My wife is OK for rides up to around 100-150 miles / day, but says no more than that. Since we're considering longer trips (FL, ME, AZ and the Pacific Coast), I'm seriously considering selling my '04. It's ridiculous fun, handles everything with perfection, and couldn't be better in any way but the seat and wind protection. I'm 6'-3" and there is some buffeting with the touring/comfort screen. My hands generally freeze in the winter as well.

I've been hesitating on selling simply because I can't imagine any other bike being this well rounded and putting this kind of smile on my face every ride :D

Good luck.
 

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MTS for 2-up riding

What he said ;)

My previous ride was an R100RT. Phenominal fairing/screen protection from everything. :)

B U T!!!! I never got the thrill of riding like I do on my MTS. It really is hard to stop smiling.... :D

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She is beautifull to ride two up, we do about 300 to 350 Km a day, I must say that I have the comfort seat front and rear and it is a model 06 with the higher windshield. I have test driven the 04 model but the seat is not as good and the windshield is too low. If you are looking for a MTS make sure it is from model 05, or look for another windshield and seat if it is an older model
 

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My wife is not easily comfortable on the back of a bike, but I had a demo MTS for a day and she found it very comfortable and had a ball riding on it. I think it would make a great two-up bike for trips especially considering the availability of the excellent bags.
 

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My wife and I made our first long trip (800 miles) a couple of weekends ago and she found it comfortable. It is a little tight two-up (I came off of a BMW RT) but it is a lot of fun.
If you don't ride two-up everytime then you should be good to go. If you do ride two-up everytime then I would get an ST3 or BMW.
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Which windshield do you have? I bought my MTS1000s used and the previous owner installed something different, but I cannot tell what it is. Thanks in advance.

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I have a Zero Gravity Double Bubble and it helps out somewhat. I have on '06 so the windshield was not that bad. This windshield just helps get the wind to where it is not causing me whiplash.
The bottom line is that since we are in an upright position anything less than a barndoor is only going to provide so much protection.
 

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I'll throw in a positive report as well. My wife is extremely happy with the comfort of the MTS with the stock seat configuration. We have not done any long distance touring but for reasonable day rides it has been quite a positive turnaround from her "I'm not going for more than 10 minutes on that thing!" typical comments. Now that was on my not very passenger friendly Yamaha Warrior but the MTS looks to be a solid 2-up ride for me.
 
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I have an 04 w/ a sargent seat, the seat makes ALL the difference. I have a laminar lip on a zero gravity screen...it makes a big difference
 

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Emerson said:
The MTS is a fantastic bike. My wife is OK for rides up to around 100-150 miles / day, but says no more than that. Since we're considering longer trips (FL, ME, AZ and the Pacific Coast), I'm seriously considering selling my '04. It's ridiculous fun, handles everything with perfection, and couldn't be better in any way but the seat and wind protection. I'm 6'-3" and there is some buffeting with the touring/comfort screen. My hands generally freeze in the winter as well.

I've been hesitating on selling simply because I can't imagine any other bike being this well rounded and putting this kind of smile on my face every ride :D

Good luck.
what about picking up a older wing for long trips there cheap last forever and this way u can keep the multi :D
 

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I've got the Zero Gravity double bubble and the Laminar lip as well. It works well to stop the buffeting for me alone, but 2 up it creates some sort of anomoly and there's some weird pressure zone. I notice that if I turn my head I get tossed around, something that doesn't happen riding solo. I took a 2300 mile ride last month solo and never experienced it.
 
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Two up ? yes maybe

I just took delivery on my new Multistrada 620 and of course I love it!
Two up for 100 to 200 mile trips will be fine even on the 620 however it would not be the best for 500+ day rides with 2 up. Probably need a comfort seat for the pillion. Or maybe a Gel pad.
I have taken my son on rides the last two days. They were about 40 mile rides before stopping and he was a little uncomfortable. He weighs about 140 and is 5'5".
I think there will be lots of aftermarket for these bikes as they are selling at record pace so there will be demand for all kinds of products for all the Multistradas whether 620 or 1000 DS or S DS.
It is such a riot to ride. I can hardly believe I own a Ducati but after looking at it and then one short test drive I bought it and traded in a beautiful BMW R1200C Euro. They gave me a great deal and I could not be happier to be in the Ducati World!

Damien :)
 
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Great bike Can't Go Wrong

I really think a lot of BMW they are the best built bikes in the world. So
I am not encouraging you to trade in one of the best bikes on the market.
The thing about the Multistrada is they are a riot. Just plain fun to ride.
And comfortable. Your beemer being a K model has a lot more performance
however the Stradas do fine one up or two up!! Mine is a 620 and to me it is plent fast. But my experience has mainly been with cruisers the last of which was a BMW R1200C. To me they are just to heavy and clumsy compared to a Ducati.

JMHI
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