Hi after having number of sports bikes the last of which was a Daytona 675, I purchased the Multistrada 1200 ABS about a month ago. I must emphasise how impressed I am by the bike as a whole, from its feel and presence on the road, stonking engine,ace handling and fabulous suspension. Until recently running a V Strom 650 in addition to my Daytona 675, I would not have considered running just one bike if it was not a sports bike. However the V Strom made me realise you can have fun on two wheels without hyper speeds, and with total comfort and practicality.
Would have got the S if could afford extra and not have to wait until Oct/Nov, though in reality have never really fiddled wiyh the setup of any of my bikes anyway so no great loss.
It's not perfect however as gearchange not always positive, coule false neutrals, including at standstill with green neutral light on and gear position indicator at N.It does surge a little also which is more annoying than problematic, and does not really detract too much from spoiling ownership. Performance is phenomenal with loads of torque available, with superbike type performance not a problem but in total comfort. The front end does dive a lot when braking but may look at preload to stiffen it up a little.The four power modes are useful but think would only use enduro or urban if really wet or had unsure pillion, touring gives full 150 bhp with slightly softer delivery than the sports which gives instant go, and is the best mode when riding solo.
Vastly reduced service costs were also a deciding factor in the selection of this bike, as my 749's service costs previously steered me away from Ducati. I have no idea how it fares off road as nearest thing ro off road I'd venture on is probably a gravel car park or similar.
Thought seat height may be an issue as I'm a short arse, but the balance of bike makes you feel confident even at slow speeds / u turns.
Only gripe really is really poor rear brake feel and performance, which would be nice for u turns to just steady bike. Economy averages 49 mpg and tank range gives approx 200 miles between fill ups, with comfort in between not a problem. Electronic dash is very comprehensive but why 40 mpg for first fuel consumption figure #?? Buffeting is not so much of a problem I have the easily adjustable screen set to the lowest position which does not cause any problems. Set to higher is fine unless taking a pillion when seems to be on oscillating motion behind my helmet.