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I am really starting to like it. Lately the 748 has been a literal and figurative pain in the ass. I am considering trading in the 748 and getting a Multistrada. I know the 748 is sex on wheels, but it is killing me to ride it and my wife won't go near it.

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You are not the only one. I've been looking at it too and so has Munenn. When it first came out I wasn't sure if I liked it. Then I saw one at the dealer and started to warm up to it. Then I saw one in black. That was it for me. All it needs are Termignoni exhaust, saddle bags, and a taller windscreen, all of which are available.
 

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Fernando Coelho said:
All it needs are Termignoni exhaust, saddle bags, and a taller windscreen, all of which are available.
All the above and a comfort seat for my pillion bunny...er...wife and I'm all set. I am thinking pretty hard about it. I went to the Ducati dealer and they are working up some numbers for my 748 trade in. I'll keep you all informed.

BTW here is a cool multistrada website:

http://www.multistrada.net
 

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Nice. I got a lame trade-in value on the 748. Not surprised, just disappointed. I am going to sell it outright and revisit this new bike thing later in the summer. To make matters worse, I am waffling between the multistrada and the new BMW R1200-GS or even the F 650 GS Dakar. Decisions...decisions...
 

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Just an opinion, but if you actually want to take the thing off road, I'd say get the F650. I've had one for about 2 years now to use as a "foolin' around" bike for rides when I'm more interested in the world around me than carving. High speeds are fun, but the world seems to narrow down like tunnel vision to the just the road ahead, and then there's that whole visit to the Judge thing. You miss alot that way. My 650 GS has had just under 8k of dirt roads, abandoned rail beds, farm roads, and my wife toured on it last year on our vacation to the Blue Ridge. It also handles pavement suprisingly well, too, although the long, soft suspension gives new meaning to the phrase "brake dive", and it's tall enough that you get suprised at first on corners. Your head gets a whole lot closer to roadsigns and oncoming SUV mirrors than you're used to accounting for.
I looked at an R1150GS the same day I bought the 650, and I quickly realised that while it isn't that hard to pick an R1150 GS up on nice level ground, I'd be screwed if I dropped it on a muddy slope. It's just too damn big and heavy. Yesterday I was on an abandoned railroad grade and a fallen tree pushed me too close to the offside of the gravel side slope. The gravel turned out to be a whole lot less firm than I thought, gave way, and the bike slid out and ended up on its' side with a small tree wedged between the shift lever and the motor on the down side of the incline. If I'd have had the big GS, I'd have been screwed. It'd still be there now, waiting for a crane.
While the new R1200 GS looks like a nice improvement over the R1150 GS, the F650 is a good enough bike on its' own that if you're going to go exploreing on anything more rugged than a groomed dirt road, you'll be pleased. Yes, your freinds will laugh at you (right, Fernando?) for being on such a small bike, but the first time you get it on a bad road you'll be laughing your ass off. Taking gravel roads at 60+ mph, and aiming for potholes and puddles is a hech of a lot of fun. Try that on yer 748. I sure wouldn't on my Daytona.
The Multistrada looks like a whole lot of fun on paved back roads, especially rough ones, but I have no experience with it, nor has anyone I know. It's 17" wheels aren't going to give you access to any god dual-sport tires, though.
So, I guess it depends on where and how you want to ride. Whichever way, good luck. If you go for the Multidtrada, give us a review, okay? Fernando and I are both real curious.
 

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Thanks for the info guys. Didn't mean to disappear but I have been in Chattanooga for the past couple of days. I am not sure what I am going to get, there are just too many cool rides to choose from.

My first priority is to sell the 748...anybody want one? Secondly, I need to find a bike that I like and that my wife is relatively comfortable on. Munenn, how is the 650 for two up riding?

Here is what I am looking at:

Ducati MS
BMW F 650 GS
BMW R 1200 GS
Aprilia CapoNord
KTM Adventure 950
 

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I haven't carried alot of pillion passengers on the 650 GS, but that's mostly because my wife and I don't do 2-up well. We're much better off on our own bikes.
Having said that, the 650 is my only bike that still has a back seat and passenger pegs, and those times I did take Annika around were surprisingly simple. I didn't notice much difference, and neither of us is what you might call "light". Of course, we didn't climb any mountains or try to maintain 90mph on the highway, either.

KTM makes a really good bike, and I would probably get a 950 Adventure over an R1150/1200GS. You should be aware, though, that KTMs are a bit more biased towards offroad than their BMW counterparts.

As for the Caponord, I don't know anyone who has one, and have only seen them in magazines.

What about the Triumph Tiger? I bought a new Bonneville last spring, and was so impressed with it I sold my '02 R1100s Prep to get a new '04 Daytona 955i for my daily driver. It's a great bike. Triumph seems to have a knack for making exceptional road bikes.
 

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I thought about Triumph. I like the 955 and the Sprint RS. The Tiger is pretty cool, except for the paint job, not a big fan of the tiger stripes. Do you like your 955? I really like the sound of a triple. I remember back in the day my Dad had an old Suzuki two-stroke triple, a GT 380.

UGH! I don't know what the hell I want :banghead:
 

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Munch, I'm in total sympathy with your frustration. I've been through it myself more times than I'd like to admit. I spent over a month seriously obsessing about alternatives before I settled on the Daytona. It's easier for Fernando- if Ducati doesn't make it, he isn't interested. I have to admit that makes the whole process alot easier.
My advice is to make a list of what's important to have in your next bike. We know from your earlier posts that A) It must be pillion friendly, B) It must have a more forgiving riding position than a 748, but needen't have an upright tourer-type seating position, C) Cruisers are out, and D) It should be of non-Japanese manufacture.

That's a good start. Now- how important is touring capability? Where do you ride, and on what kind of roads? How about dealer support? For example, the nearest Ducati dealer to me is 3 hours away by interstate. I ride alot, so I'd have to factor in frequent long trips up I-85. If it was a BMW, fine- but from Ducati I'd like a 1000 SS. No way.
Do you enjoy trackdays, or spend 98% of your time onroad? How much of your own maintenance do you like to do? What engine type do you prefer? And so on.

Then see which of the many bikes you're interested in meet the most of the criteria you've listed, and go for it.

By the way, I'm very happy with the 955i. I wanted a fast road bike for everyday use on day long rides on mostly windy & rough back country roads. It also had to do the occasional tour, be dead-ass reliable, and not be a cop-magnet. The Daytona does this all the way.

Good luck.
 

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I still haven't decided what to get so for the time being I am plodding around on the ol' 748. Current bikes on the lust list are Moto Guzzi V 11 Nero Corsa, Aprilia Tuono R, and the Multistrada.

After evaluating my needs those three bikes seem to fit the bill. I did originally want something that was able to go offroad, but that fell through when I didn't get the job in Grand Junction, CO that I was after. 100% of my riding here in Ohio is on pavement, so I kinda scrapped the offroad thing.

I am kinda putting the process on hold until I get back from vacation next week. Hooray for me! I can't wait to get out of Ohio for a while.

Later.
 
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