For a long distance mostly paved road riding which one would you choose and why?
I imagine the most important characteristic for a motorcycle on long rides is comfort and perhaps range between fueling stops.
What do you think?
Actually, the maintenance isn't bad at all. The Ducati 620 motor has been around for almost 20 years, so the bugs are mostly worked out. I haven't had any real problems to speak of so far. Plus, with the L-Shaped engine configuration, and the fact that it's a 2 valve motor, the valve adjustments, ect are easy. I know Ducati's get a bad rep, but it's mostly due to the larger cc motors with 3 or more valves..and who wants to do all that maintenance on a Duc...yuc.
But...if I wanted a long distance touring machine I would look at a sport tour like a concours or BMW 1200.
I recently sat on the Concours and I hated the big lean forward and all that weight. The BMW 1200, too many personal reviews complain about a lot of electrical problems with them. For that kind of money, that sucker better run, but no cigar.
I want a "cheap" bike that offers a lot with low maintenance and low problems. The V does that job well.
It's a little know fact that Ducs (especially the 620 and 695 motors) rarely need a valve adjustment for 30,000 mikes AFTER the initial check/adjustment at 6,000K. It’s one of the wonders of owning a Desmo motor. I’m not gonna say my bike is better than a Versys, or a V-Strom, but I want people to know that Ducs aren’t like they used to be in the 90’s. Times have changed, and although the dealer network isn’t always great, the bikes are much, MUCH more reliable and maintenance friendly than they used to be, Anyone who is looking at a 650cc Versys or V-Strom should check out a used Multi 620. They all play in the same field, and offer many of the same features.Skeezix, Duc's get a bad rep because the valve adjustment period is really short (6,000 miles), and only a Duc mechanic knows how to do it. So when you look at the cost over several years that can really add up. The V has a really long valve adjustment period (26,000), one of the reasons that I am looking at it so heavily. I plan on some cross country rides and the thought of having to check valves during a long ride makes me shudder. I think the Wee is like 15K or 16K.
Skeezix, Duc's get a bad rep because the valve adjustment period is really short (6,000 miles), and only a Duc mechanic knows how to do it....