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Multistrada Demo day at the Koups Demo Day in Harrisburg, PA. Great event; this my first time there and they seem like a first class dealership.

I'm a 2007 Strom owner; it's my first street bike and I'm mostly a commuter. Little in terms of adventure riding. Having said that, here is my impression...

...this is what an Italian bike is all about! Beautiful to look at, sounded great. Drove in Touring mode and it was very responsive. Guy before me said to keep above 5K and it was a joy. Wider, flatter bars were great to hold. I did not like the buttons - Stroms seemed better with gloves and sturdier. Now I know why I keep reading Strom owners complaints about brakes...WOW, this is what good brakes feel like. time for the braided line, GSX caliper mod for me! It had a buzzy feeling at the RPMs I rode at, more so than the Strom. I uded to think ours was buzzy bit this more so and it got me to thinking I need to stop babying my bike and let it rev. I loved the light feel of this clutch as wel as how the bike "snitched" into gears. Very nice, indeed. This had the low seat on it and I definintely did not like the feeling of sitting in a hard "U". It fit me but no room to slide back and forth. Why do folks complain of our seat??? I find very comfortable. Much smaller screen made me feel like I was sitting on a dirt bike almost. Definitely a lighter feel than the Strom.

Do I want? Well, as much as I'd love this piece of art, I rode my strom home on the freeway in 5th gear instead of 6th and realized that my paid for bike really is quite nice. Now I know I want (need?) the brake mod, some cool altrider crash bars, a forkbrace, and a Madstad bracket (to replace my Lowe's plastic spacers).

Let me know if you have questions, fellow Strommers!
 

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Which Multistrada are you talking about the old air cooled 1000/1100cc one or the new watercooled 1200cc one?
 

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If you are talking about the new one, I think it looks like my dream bike, then I see that beak, I would have to give that a makeover somehow. The review in one of my bikerags, (Motorcyclist I think) sounds like this is something I would want, but don't have the $$$. Haven't seen one in person yet though. May have to go to a demo sometime.
 

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I also test rode the new Multistrada 1200s Touring today, as well as the Monster 1100 and Streetfighter. The new Multi is amazing! The mode selection system is very intuitive and the differences between modes is quite pronounced. You can feel the suspension change and the engine changes are dramatic. The bike feels much like my Vee but smaller, MUCH lighter, and MUCH MUCH more powerful! The full 150+ hp in sport mode will certainly get your attention.

The luggage looks good on the bike and leaves almost no trace or brackets behind when removed. The proximity key is also a neat feature. I only rode with the screen in the lower position, but wind management is light years ahead of the 'Strom. I experienced very little buffeting, it's as good stock as I've yet to achieve on my Vee with any aftermarket screen and madstad.

$20k+ is a lot of money for a bike though. The only way I could afford one would be to trade the Vee off and make the Multistrada my only motorcycle. I think I'd rather keep my Vee and buy a Monster 1100 to go with it. I loved the Monster. The Streetfighter is an absolute BEAST, but almost too much so. I had more fun on the Monster despite it's lower Hp numbers. It's a more rounded package. The Streetfighter isn't nearly as well behaved at lower speeds and in traffic.
 

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You got that right......... I'll keep my DLK.........
 

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It's a beautiful bike, but at the end of the day, it's a Ducati. Which is Italian for I'm sexy but a pain in the ass to own.
 

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Last year when I was selling my ST1100 I seriously considered 3 bikes, the DL650, the Triumph Tiger 1050 and the Ducati Multistrada (older air-cooled 1100 model).

The Tiger is a great ride, but it was hard to justify a 50% price premium over the DL650.

The Multistrada, even the older model, was an even greater ride. Lighter, much more responsive, with just enough Italian bling factor to give a "Wow" when riding it. But it was even harder to justify the 100% price premium over the DL650.

So I bought the Wee and haven't looked back. Ok, that's not exactly right. Somewhere down deep there is still the longing for that sexy Italian. Every review I've read has praised the new Multi as a champ. Sometimes you just need to scratch that itch, just once.

For now the Wee has no competition, but every once in a while the thought comes in my mind that if I just cashed in those mutual funds without telling the wife . . .
 

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a champ certainly, until your first $900 valve adjustment service!

Don't get me wrong - I love all things Ducati, but I just can't get into the premium pricing service tasks that go along with membership in that club! Something to be said about the dead-nutz reliability and inexpensive-to-own-nature of the Strom [ever price insurance on a top-line Duck?] that is probably it's most unglamorous qualities, and one of it's best attributes.
 
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