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What's in my garage today?

A wonderful Ducati Multistrada 1200. That's what.



Of course, the garage is not the right place for such a great machine. So, out for a ride.




The Versys went in for a new chain and sprockets. The Ducati is a loaner from the dealership. Nice trade for a few days, don't ya think?

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A wonderful Ducati Multistrada 1200. That's what.
Luv the Ducs, hate the maintenance. Hope you enjoy, that's one hell of a machine.
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Nice. I need to leave my garage door open more often and see what nice bikes wander in.

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Luv the Ducs, hate the maintenance. Hope you enjoy, that's one hell of a machine.
From the Ducati Australia website

More miles, less maintenance.
The enjoyment of riding, reliability and maximum containment of maintenance costs are among the main criteria that drive every engineering project in Ducati. We have spread out services to intervals of 24,000 km and on some models the main Desmo Service is not necessary until 30,000 km. Even the simplest services, the Oil Service, have been spaced out to 12,000 km or 15,000 km, values that represent an absolute reference for high performance engines.
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Dats nuts bro.

Lucky duck.. sneaky way of sellin new bikes..

very effective

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Break it down bro!

What are its strengths? Weaknesses? How does it handle compared to the V? IYO, is it worth 3X the cost of the V? Sure is purdy!

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...The Versys went in for a new chain and sprockets. The Ducati is a loaner from the dealership. Nice trade for a few days, don't ya think?
They're playin' w/ your HEAD, man...!


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From the Ducati Australia website

More miles, less maintenance.
The enjoyment of riding, reliability and maximum containment of maintenance costs are among the main criteria that drive every engineering project in Ducati. We have spread out services to intervals of 24,000 km and on some models the main Desmo Service is not necessary until 30,000 km. Even the simplest services, the Oil Service, have been spaced out to 12,000 km or 15,000 km, values that represent an absolute reference for high performance engines.
That's more reasonable. And to be honest, Ducati does maintenance right. Their techs are factory trained. And when it's time for maintenance, they do everything.

As I recall, mine used to require major service at 12k mile intervals. Looks like they bumped that up to 18k miles if my conversion is correct. It it used to be about $1500 for them to adjust the valves, change the cam belts, air filter, and fuel filter, balance the throttle bodies, change the fork oil, brake fluid, oil, and antifreeze. I'd wait until my tires and chains needed replaced to get it all done together, so it was even more pricey.

I miss my Victory. Just change the oil every now and again and the damn thing would run forever.
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Would be a great time for a long "Road Trip"

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Few days? Are they milling the sprockets from unatanium? Would think sprockets and chains would be something they have in stock and should only take a few hours to change in a shop

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Few days? Are they milling the sprockets from unatanium? Would think sprockets and chains would be something they have in stock and should only take a few hours to change in a shop
If they're loaning out Ducatis, who wants to wait around for a couple of hours when you can play on a Multi for a few days?

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Few days? Are they milling the sprockets from unatanium? Would think sprockets and chains would be something they have in stock and should only take a few hours to change in a shop
One would think. But, the parts were being ordered and the front sprocket has yet to arrive, so here I am enjoying the Ducati, likely til Tuesday. No complaints from me...

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Really hot today with humidex readings over 40 degrees C. So I scooted out in the morning before it got too hot to try out these Scorpion Trails while gravel bombing down some roads I like. Nothing too crazy, I am afterall a guest on this bike, but I did want to compare it to the Versys.



The tires did seem to be a better fit in the gravel than the Michelin Pilot Roads I have on the Versys. I felt more secure and took the curves and corners with a little bit of lean. On the Versys, I hit the gravel pretty much upright at all times. And this bike is great for standing on the pegs too with your knees easily gripping the front top of the saddle.










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Very nice. The last photo with the interesting tree in the background is great.
It would make a fine advertising shot. Perhaps you should send it to Ducati.

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You are lucky. In my area they still treat motorcycles as toys. I asked for a loaner of a used bike to get to work, and they said they don't do that.
They also try to get you to leave a bike sitting there while they order recall parts for it. On that one I said no $#%& way.

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They're still trying to loosen your front sprocket nut...
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What are its strengths? Weaknesses? How does it handle compared to the V? IYO, is it worth 3X the cost of the V? Sure is purdy!
It's like comparing apples to oranges really. The Mulitstrada is everything the Versys could be... if the Versys was a $20,000 motorcycle. Apples/oranges.

But, since you asked:

Strengths:
- great ergonomics, especially the spaces between grips/seat/pegs
- excellent suspension; potholes and heaved pavement, gravel, driveway curbs - all good, nothing seems to upset the tracking.
- Heaps of power. Even in Urban setting (100hp). The 150hp at Sport setting was insane.

Weakness:
- despite the large size and good ergos, my left heal kept touching the lever for the center stand. And I have small feet.
- Too Much. Power, money, electronic gadgetry. All those excesses are a negative to me. Weakness? Maybe not, just not the market for me (apples/oranges)
- Uses lots of gas, sub 40 MPG

My Versys is back home with shiny new sprockets and a new chain. Running like a top with 56,400 kms and rising every day. The Ducati was a fun test - a little variety never hurts - but I'm glad to have the V back and I'm still enjoying everything about it.

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Today, it's a Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.



Just on loan for the day. Very nice ride, as it should be for the price on these things.
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